Epic Mountain Bike Route

Extreme Skills,Big Routes
Bags of Bottle!

The list of the essential Epic Mountain Bike Route is steadily growing.

We’ve started with big country Mountain Biking Trails that will take you out of your comfort zone and push you to your limits.

The Rockies, Alps and The Himalayas are our targets at the moment but we’re looking to add at least one Epic from all 7 continents.

Nothing beats the extreme challenge provided by these Mountain bike route. The biking in these regions is second to none.

Been there, Done that
. . . Got the Epic T-Shirt !!

If that sounds like you, then tell us about your Epic Mountain Bike Route experiences and your pictures too . . .

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The Himalayas

So Why Mountain Bike In The Himalayas? That's Easy . . .

• Spectacular Mountain Scenery

• High Altitude Passes

• Deep River Valleys

• The Friendly Locals

The Himalayas Are Home To Our Top 2 Epic Mountain Bike Route

The Mount Everest Base Camp route is surely the “top dog” when it comes to epic-ness… The route takes you from the forbidden Tibetan Capital of Lhasa across the Himalayas via Everest base Camp and then on to the Nepalese Capital of Kathmandu.

More technical than the Everest route the Annapurna Ring takes you through over 200kms of extreme off road terrain, awesome descents plus altitude . . . with over 5,000m of vertical climb in just over 10 days.

Apart from the awesome routes, the fantastic views, the ball breaking assents and descents and the lung bursting, energy sapping high altitudes – these Epic Mountain Trails are just “walks in the park” – yeh right !!

The Alps - Alpine Mountain Bike Mecca

The Alps have topped the Epic Mountain Bike Route ratings for years. Technically demanding terrain, majestic alpine scenery, fabulous food and accommodation, all without the remoteness of the Himalayas.

Groomed Trails

Most alpine ski resorts now have thriving Mountain Biking areas offering skills camps, training facilities and "groomed" Mountain Bike Trails. Verbier in Switzerland and Les Gets in France being two of the best.

The Epic Element

These centres are great and essential for building the skils needed for the Epic trails - the trails that are more that just a day out, that takes you on an adventure, on a journey, an odyssey that - never hits the same trail twice.

Two more Epic Mountain Bike Trails

We've chosen two Epic Alpine Mountain Bike trails and a Wild Card. The former follow historic mountain routes harking back to Roman times, the later is just plain mad!!

· One is the Mountain Biking "Haute Route" tackling challenging climbs and awesome descents through some the most mountainous areas of Switzerland. The Eiger and Jungfrau eventually hand you over to the Matterhorn and Zermatt.

· The second traces the course of the TransAlps from southern Germany through Austria to the northern Italian Lakes. This is a Classic route and a must have if you are "bagging" Epic rides!

The Wild Cards !

The GR 5 - High Altitude Alpine Walking Route (Lake Geneva to Nice)

In 1991 I led a group of “die-hards” in attempt on the southern end of the GR5 - From Lake Geneva (St. Gingolph) to Nice. The intention was to go light - bivvie bags and mountain hutting our way along the route.

Unfortunately, the GR5 proved too much for the bikes or for that matter the riders and both failed miserably.

It's still on my own private list of Epic routes to complete

I'd be fascinated to hear of anyone that has taken up the gauntlet and managed to complete the GR5 from Lake Geneva (St. Gingolph) to Nice.

South America - Inca Mountain Bike Adventure

Peru in South America and Machu Picchu, the mile high lost city of the Incas, has a hold over the most enduring mountain bikers.

This Inca Mountain Bike Adventure , is a story of a vision, a map recce and perseverance in the face of adversity - the theft of their bikes.

The jewel in this expedition for these 4 intrepid Canucks was the Colca Cayon - "As wide as the Crand Canyon and twice as deep".

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