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Cycling is an essential physical activity for your health. It is a great exercise for mental health and general body fitness. Most riders would agree that mountain bike trails are a fun way of getting fit. Especially because of the adventure and the thrills you get from riding down hills and being outdoors. It is an easy and cheap exercise as well, compared to other forms of exercise.  

Riding a bike is a skill that you can never forget, and having the best bike rides is the most memorable moment. It is essential to choose the best routes for your bike ride, to achieve this memorable moment. There are many established cycling routes, which have been recommended. However, it is important to research these routes before embarking on your trip.

Cycling routes can be categorized into either segregated, traffic-free, or integrated. Segregated and traffic-free routes are best recommended for armature riders, nervous riders or those cycling with children. Integrated routes are for more experienced riders. Some of our preferred routes for the upcoming season are as follows.

1.      Welschtobel

Welschtobel is the best single-track trail in the Lenzerheide region. It has a gorgeous high alpine valley that feels incredibly wild. Moreover, it has several zones including tree line alpine environments, river crossings and then a lower treed zone. It has a reputation of having amazing views, challenging hike-a-bike climbs and ripping, technical single track. It is a perfect destination for an adventure.

One of the mountain bike trails to use starts in Alvaneu in the climb to Furcletta. At the upper edge, the road branches to the left and leads past the Aclas Davains to the Alp da Creusch. From the Forcletta you steer over the steep, then increasingly liquid single trail through the wild and romantic Welschtobel Pass the Ramozhutte. Follow the super trail for the next five kilometers.  After you are down in Arosa, take a lift and get back to the Lenzerheide side of the Hörnli Mountain.

The main trail feature is a lift service. It has a distance of about 42km, an altitude difference uphill of 2400m and a height difference downhill of 2205m. The deepest point is at 1186m above sea level, and the highest point is at 2550m above sea level.  

Anyone who uses the hörnlibahn in Arosa shortens the tour by 8 kilometers and reduces the altitude by 550meters. This trail is the same as the single-track passage to the Urdenguggli. However, it has a disadvantage of not managing without a sliding passage.

2.      Tour de Mont Fort

It is one of the life-changing, popular tours in the Swiss Alps. It links three resorts, Nendaz, Verbier, and La Tzoumaz. Depending on your level of riding, riding clockwise of Tour de Mont Fort has two options. For the easy rider, you can take the lifts up. It is perfect for a nice day out to discover the joy of long distance mountain biking and is accessible for active families with children over 12 years old. It takes about 48 kilometers, but most of the time downhill. The climb is 511m and a vertical drop of 3256m.

The other option is for the pro rider. It aims at the avid cross-country riders who are not afraid to pedal up the mountain. They as well take a lift between Tortin and Col des Gentianes.  This option is physically demanding and covers about 59 kilometers.

The single-track trail starting point is in Verbier. You will then climb through the funicular at the ridge at about 2200 meter and enjoy a great view of the Grand Combin ridge and the iceberg. Later on, you can ride through a stunning and wild nature. In both the pro rider and the easy rider, it takes about 8 hours from the Verbier. The advantage of the Mont Fort tour is that it allows access to the high mountain thanks to multiple ski lifts.

3.      Rothorn Zone

The Rothorn zone is one of the mountain bike trails in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. It is rugged, technical, steep, exposed but so much fun to explore. The terrain there is way above the tree line and quite rocky. Taking a second lift above the Lenzerheide bike park leads to the Rothorn Zone. It provides access to several trails descending the backside towards Arosa and a few front descends.

The view from the Rothorn`s 3103m showcases the highest peaks of the Valais Alps. Rothorn zone can be accessed during the winter and the summer seasons with various activities available. During the summer, Rothorn is the perfect starting point for a variety of demanding bike tours and hikes.

It is possible to make sunrise trips, which are bookable through the lift company. It is also possible to do the extra early rides. It is best for experienced hikers on the Oberrothorn (3415) with endemic plants. During winter, it is the perfect getaway to beautiful sunny pistes.

4.      Alpe di Neggia Bike

The technical and adventurous trail of this single tracks starts from Magadino-vira SBB station. You will then proceed to Vira Gambarogno where the road will take you to I’ Alpe do Neggia, about 12 kilometers with a gradient of about 10%. After passing the Mont di Fosano, there is a steep and straighter path. After a last winding stretch up to the Alpe di Neggia, there is a breath-taking panorama over Lake Maggiore. The next 8 kilometers will take you to one of the most adventurous single trail, Vira that is about 1300 meters.

The trail contains three parts. The first part of the trail is quite demanding as well as the ascent on the way to I’ Alpe di Trecciura. The first part has many stones, pebbles, and intertwined roots. On the second part of the path, you can speed up for a long stretch, and you will see an outstanding view of the Piano di Magadino. After Monti di Vira, this last part zigzags and starts getting harder. You will then turn onto an asphalt path going to Vira and the lake where you can take a refreshing plunge in the summer.

It is vital to obtain safety while on this trail. Wear protective gear and assess your capability accurately. Also, give hikers right of way, stay on the trail and close fence gates. You can even get there by bus, from Magadino to Vira SBB station and then to Alpe di Neggia, which takes about 50 minutes. Trail features include drinking water.

5.      Torres del Paine national park

Torres del Paine is a special national park that consists of rivers, mountains, lakes, and glaciers, located in the southern Chilean Patagonia. Cordillera del Paine is at the heart of the park, lying between the Magellanic sub polar forest and the Patagonian Steppes. Cycling provides the perfect mode of transport to explore the remote corners of the park. It is best for biking because it has a network of dirt roads that link up the estancias and make for some relatively easy mountain biking. It is however challenging because of the strong wind in the area and sharp ascents.

Three mountain biking experiences can be accomplished in this park. Ditroad mountain biking, Single-track mountain biking, and Multi-sport. Ditroad mountain biking entails traffic-free dirt and gravel roads connecting various lakes and estancias. It offers a relaxed way to enjoy views of the Pane range.

In single-track biking, there are ancient horse trails and walking paths that challenge even the most experienced bikers. Multi-sport biking involves combining with other sports such as ice hiking, kayaking, horse riding or climbing. Routes can be tailored into every rider’s ability, as the less experienced riders enjoy some of the dirt roads that link together throughout the park.

6.      Stoneman-glacier

Stoneman Glacier is a new experience in mountain biking in Switzerland created by Ronald Stauder. The distance is of about 127km taking around 12hrs to cover entirely. The ascent is 6963m while the descent is 4960m and peaks of 4000m.

This trail has three routes. One leads up to the Great Aletsch Glacier which is the largest in the Alps region, and back to Morel. It is then followed by the biggest ascent under 1600 meters in altitude; an old military route that leads steeply upwards to about 2451meters high, Breithorn pass.

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The route then follows a downhill to Binn valley. It is then followed by the Rhone towards Obergorns through old, mystical village centers, historical monuments and inviting cafes. This tour can be accomplished in two to four daily stages. Accommodation is also available at the villages along the journey. Careful planning of a trip ensures maximum pleasure, enjoyment and a life-changing moment.

7.      The Garden Route

The Garden Route is based in the southern coast of Africa. Here, natural formations such as mountain scenery are intertwined to form an incredible landscape. This route is recommended for bird watchers, solitude seekers, and Eco-lovers. It is an outstanding beauty of the Western Cape lying between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. This destination is popular in both summer and winter due to the incredible Mediterranean climate of the place.

The Garden Route has meandering trails that hikers follow. There are two types of tours; 12-day tour and the 18-day tour. Starting with the Addo Elephant National Park on a 405252 acre of land, and a sanctuary to diverse wildlife and birds. It is also home to the big 7. En route, you will visit the town of Knysna, Oudtshoorn and Cape Town. There is plenty of available accommodation along the Garden Route.

8.      Malaga cycling Routes

The Malaga cycling route begins by steering to the busy Avenida de Carlos Haya which is the only shortest way to reach Puerto de la Torre. After crossing a small village, El Cortijuelo, you will climb to Casasola water reservoir. It is located in the township of Almoga and serves as the primary source of drinking water supplying Malaga city as well as flood defense in the event of heavy rain. It gets its water from the river Campanillas. After the reservoir, you will see an interesting rock formation known as the ‘hell’s pool.’

This cycling route is approximately 80 kilometers with an elevation of 1400 meters. It allows one to keep a good pedaling cadence. It is recommended to ride along with an expert cyclist who will guide you and help you enjoy the route.

9.      Trans Altarezia Bike Stage

The Trans Altarezia Stage details include a distance of 232km, taking about 42hrs. The ascent is 9086m and the descent 10470m. The tour begins from Scuol where you will pedal down to Sur-En. You will then turn right and work your way up a steep gravel path through the narrow valley that runs through a gigantic rock ledge. After Alp Uina Dadaint, the road turns into a trail.

As you continue moving up, you will reach the impressive cliff with an exciting path going right through the middle of it. Usually, the bike is walked but only after the rocky part. You can resume to your saddle and ride the last section to Schlining Pass. On the South Tyrolian, there is a brisk downhill passage through Schlining valley. Next, there is a 400-meter ascent high into Val Mustair to reach St. Maria.

From St. Maria, it leads to the Umbrail pass to Italy where the single trail to Bocchetta di Forcola begins. The ascent of the Italian Val Viola brings you to the border pass of Val Viola. This route continues through Val da Camp down to Val Poschiavo. The last stage leads to San Romerio then to Viano border village. After crossing the border, you enter the vineyards above Tirano and reach the other side of the Alps.

10. Norway tour

The good thing about Norwegian cycling routes is that even long tough trails can be segmented into more manageable, bite-sized chunks. This enables beginners and even young children to take part in the tour. The cycling destinations include; Mjolkevegen and Telemark Canal in the south-east, Helgeland in Northern Norway and some parts of Rallarveegen in Fjord Norway. The most popular cycling routes in Norway are Rallarvegen and Mjolkevegen.

Rallavegen lets you use your own pace through 82km of mountains scenery. Mjolkevegen also referred to as ‘Milky Way,’ has various routes to offer running through the heart of the mountain highlands in Valdres, Norway. This mountain bike tour can take about 6-7 nights with available accommodation. It includes hiking with your bike to the trail summit when gazing into the fjord below: Catching fish from the deck to enjoy with fine wine at dinner. Occasionally, steaming through the grandeur of UNESCO protected Geiranger fjord and many more.

In conclusion, it is important to observe safety measures during your biking excursion. Always wear a bicycle helmet on every ride no matter how short. Ensure that you are visible by wearing bright clothing. Obey traffic rules and always carry repair gear and a cell phone in case you need help.