Where is the best palce in the world to go off road

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by David Martin, Dec 17, 2004.

  1. David Martin

    David Martin Guest

    Apparently Scotland is not far off the top of the list.

    From today's courier:

    ŒGreat news¹ for mountain biking

    SCOTLAND IS ³one of the hottest places to ride in the world²‹according to an
    independent report card on mountain biking.

    For the past six years, the International Mountain Bicycling Association
    (IMBA) has been collecting data on the best places to go in the world for
    mountain biking, and rating the information each year in the form of league
    tables. Scotland has come out as one of the top five places to go on the
    planet, and the best outside North America.

    But the real bonus for Scottish mountain biking is being voted number one in
    the world under the People¹s Choice category, which is determined by the
    highest combined grades in an on-line poll of bikers.

    The popularity of Scotland as a top biking destination has been mainly
    attributed to the work by Forestry Commission Scotland to build seven
    mountain bike centres across the south of Scotland through the 7stanes

    Credit was also give to the commission for its development of new trails
    that can be ridden all the year round.

    Karl Bartlett of Forestry Commission Scotland said, ³This is great news for
    Scotland and mountain biking in general.

    ³We have been working hard to build some of the best trails in the world,
    and it¹s a great achievement for everyone involved to get this recognition
    from IMBA and mountain bikers.²

  2. publicenergy

    publicenergy Guest

    I've not been to Scotland mountain biking but I know people who have
    and love it. I live close to Sherwood Pines / Sherwood Forest which
    isn't really proper off-road stuff, but it's nice to get away from the
    roads on a regular basis and for night riding.

    For proper off-road stuff I normally travel up to the Peak District
    which I'm really fond of - there's plenty of nice scenery and a good
    variety of hard hill climbs, downhill stupidity (the various descents
    near Ladybower from the Win Hill side back down to the lake spring to
    mind) and generally nice countryside.

    Yorkshire is good too if you like good long day routes - I'm thinking
    of Whernside and Ribblehead.

    Finally - Wales - absolutely loads of great places. Coed-y-Brenin is
    the typical one that everyone raves about, and with good reason - if
    you don't come back from there with a massive fixed smile on you then
    somethings wrong!

    One of the best web sites I've found for this kind of stuff is
    www.mtbbritain.co.uk - also check out their forum and photo gallery for
    extra information.

    GPS fans might like to look at www.tracklogs.co.uk too - you can browse
    the routes on their web site and see user reviews and photos that the
    riders have sent in.

    I'll have to get up to Scotland in 2005 though - the 7Stanes project
    looks too good to miss out on for much longer :)