Some claim that mountains exist to be climbed. Others counter that slopes should not be scaled but rather should be used to accelerate down in a cloud of stones and dust. We've compiled a list of the six top mountain bike locations on the planet in honour of individuals who enjoy things swift and furious.
Riva del Garda, Italy
Mountain biking in Riva del Garda, Italy
Mountain biking in Moab, USA
There are routes for every skill level, but if you're looking for something difficult, try the Slickrock Trail, which is filled with exhilarating drops and breathtaking valley views. Check out Red Cliffs Lodge for the total Moab experience; it has its own winery and a hot tub for stargazing soaks at night.
Mountain biker riding through woods
Finale Ligure, Italy
Beware of newcomers. A network of paths rises above this peaceful hamlet and will challenge even the most experienced riders. Many left from a defunct NATO base covered in graffiti. Great rewards include pathways that pass by ruins and a stunning ending on the beach. La vie est belle is a beautiful bed & breakfast with stunning views and one of Finale Ligure's top-rated accommodations.
Couple mountain biking in Whistler alpine
Whistler is one of the best ski resorts in the winter, but in the spring, it becomes one of the best places on Earth for mountain riding. Nowhere else offers as many kilometres of downhill biking, and with such magnificent backgrounds, it's clear why bikers adore Whistler. Consider Nita Lake Lodge if you're looking for a peaceful lakeside location to unwind at night. Views, on-site massages, and hot tubs are all excellent.
Mountain biking in Leogang, Austria
These cities received the highest ratings from travellers on Booking.com for "mountain biking." A minimum of 500 people is required to support a destination for "mountain riding."