The Top 5 Indian Mountain Biking Destinations

When people think of mountain biking, India is far from where most minds go; most people think of the famous biking that can be found in the US and Europe. However, India is much more mountainous than most people realize and it has some of the most beautiful and unique biking trails the world has to offer. Starting with the north and working down south, India has an amazing culture that is open and friendly, perfect for people who are looking to explore the natural beauty and ruggedness of the mountains. Here are 5 of the top biking trails in India:

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Manali – Himachal Pradesh
  1. Manali – Himachal Pradesh: Manali is a tiny mountain town located in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu valley. It’s at the foot of the Himalayan mountains and is known as “The Mountain Biking Capital of India” due to the number and variety of trails it offers. With everything ranging from downhill big mountain riding to cross-country climbs and singletracks, Manali has exploded in popularity as it becomes more and more well-known for biking.

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    Leh – Jammu and Kashmir
  2. Leh – Jammu and Kashmir: This is the second largest district in the country and is home to some truly beautiful landscapes. Leh has been a destination for mountain bikers for the past few decades and that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. It’s the home to some massive mountains that are great for freeriding and since it’s located in the Himalayas, you can cross that off your bucket list. If you get there by road, you’ll be able to see some trails you could ride as well as the landscape in general.

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    Pindari – Uttarakhand
  3. Pindari – Uttarakhand: For those into Enduro and some truly off-road biking, Pindari is the place to be. The Pindari Glacier is located in the upper reaches of the Kumaon Himalayas and is full of gorgeous villages and some truly spectacular natural trails with scenery that can only be dreamt of. With untouched trails and guided tours, Pindari is a one-of-a-kind biking spot.

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    Munnar – Kerala
  4. Munnar – Kerala: Located in the southwest, Kerala is very different in culture and climate than the north. However, it also has some world class biking. Munnar is full of tea gardens (including some of the highest in the world) and singletrack trails that are great for anyone from beginner to expert bikers. It also has some amazing guided tours.

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    Coorg – Karnataka
  5. Coorg – Karnataka: While Coorg might not be the easiest to get to, it’s perfect for people looking for all mountain trails and definitely worth the time and effort. The region is full of coffee plantations and wildlife, making for some fantastic mountain biking.

These are just 5 of the destinations that the massive and diverse country of India offers. The best way to find your favorite is to jump on a bike and go exploring yourself. Happy travels!

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Top 5 US Mountain Biking Trails

With all of the beautiful locales available to choose from when deciding your next mountain biking trip, it can be difficult to actually commit yourself to just one. Depending on how far you’re willing to travel, the options stretch from Canada to Australia and every country in between. However, there’s no need to leave the beautiful United States of America for some of the highest quality mountain biking available to be had. With that in mind, here is a selection of the top 5 mountain biking trails that can be found in our gorgeous country!yaser_khalifa_munds_wagon

  1. McKenzie River Trail – Eugene, Oregon: With a distance of a solid 26.5 miles, this trail isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart (or the lazy). With that being said, it offers beautiful single track trails that are good for both beginners and experts. There are forests and lava fields to cross through and various hot springs and waterfalls for relief from the heat and sweat. It’s a perfect example of what the Pacific Northwest offers when it comes to natural beauty.
  2. Poison Spider Mesa Trail – Moab, Utah: Don’t let the terrifying name scare you off; this place is gorgeous. Moab is known for some of the world’s best mountain biking and this trail exemplifies all that it has to offer. Only 13 miles long, it trades distance for a rise in elevation of over 1,000 feet. The way down isn’t technically difficult but the terrain has deep sand which can be brutal on your muscles. Bring water, this is desert country.
  3. Bandtail Divide Trail – Bozeman, Montana: Montana is called “big sky country” for a good reason; it’s stunningly beautiful and you can really see the sky. This trail is 31 miles long and has at least 2 miles of incline and a pine forest that will take your breath away. Just get ready, 31 miles isn’t a short trip!
  4. Munds Wagon Trail – Sedona, Arizona: This trail is only 8 miles long but has a 1,200 foot accession. However there are dips to make the trek easier and this trail is more about the natural beauty of Sedona than about the difficulty biking it. The red rocks are iconic and deserve to be seen by all.
  5. Trail 401 – Crested Butte, Colorado: At only 8.6 miles, this is another trail that isn’t too long but that makes up for it in beauty and incline. You’ll climb around 3,000 feet to 11,000 feet and you’ll really feel the burn at those high levels. However that height gives you stunningly beautiful views that are so worth the effort.

These are just some of the beautiful trails available in the country. You should go explore them all! If you’d like to read more, the list is here.

5 Biking Destinations for Your Bucket List

As anyone who has gone mountain biking before knows, it can be incredibly difficult just choosing where you want to go and what types of nature you want to revel in. With options ranging from your standard wood and mountains trails to beaches and everything in between, choosing where you’re going to bike can be just as important as making sure that you have all the necessary equipment. With that in mind, Red Bull has done a huge favor and selected 5 amazing places to go on your next biking trip.

  1. New Zealand: New Zealand should be a no-brainer when it comes to mountain biking opportunities. As everyone knows (because let’s be honest; everyone has seen the Lord of the Rings movies), the entire country seems to be made of the most gorgeous mountains overlooking amazing plains and viewscapes. As if that weren’t enough, the fact that all of the pros training for the UCI world cup use it as a training ground should be enough to convince you that the land of the kiwi has more to offer than just fruit and strange little birds.
  2. Canada: Along with being easy to get to from the United States, Canada offers so much to the mountain biker in search of a great ride. While Retallack is known for it’s fantastic cross-country skiing, it is also quickly becoming a mountain biking hotspot. The region is full of old mining hills and slopes that are just perfect for freestyling your way down the mountain. Just be careful!
  3. Wales: First off, Wales has a ton of amazing man-made trails and biking spots including Bike Park Wales (one of the UK’s best biking destinations). But other than all that is man-made, the country is also home to hundreds of back mountain trails that just require asking the locals about. It also has an amazing bike culture.
  4. Norway: Norway is the land of the fjords and it’s known throughout the world as having some of the most beautiful natural vistas in the world. The Hafjell Bike Park just adds to how perfect a country it is for mountain biking.
  5. Finale Ligure: This little region is in Liguria, Italy and is part of the Italian Riviera. It’s also one of the most gorgeous places in the world and defies explanation. It’s simply divine for biking.

Hopefully these will help inspire your next biking trip. Be safe out there. If you’d like to read more, the link is here.