Since the Olympics there are certain sports that many people have taken an interest in. Swimming and diving being a particular favourite following British golden boy Tom Daley’s bronze medal winning performance, and many girls are now aspiring to be sports stars following the phenomenal success of Jessica Ennis.
But another sport that’s proving popular across the UK is cycling, following the success of Bradley Wiggins at both the Olympics and the Tour de France last year. But it’s not just road events that are capturing the imagination, with mountain biking also attracting the collective interest.
Where to begin
Now that you’ve decided to take up the activity of mountain biking and you’ve stocked up on all the basic supplies you require such as a new bike, top Shimano parts and Mavic mountain bike wheels; you’ll need to begin taking part in a little mountain biking activity.
But when you’re starting out where do you go? Well we have listed our top five mountain biking routes around the UK for you to take full advantage of.
Swinley Forest, Berkshire
This track is perfect for those who have been biking for a substantial amount of time, and those who have just begun. With 2,600 acres of beautifully crafted cycling networks and not too many hills, this place is perfect to cut your teeth.
Machynlleth, Mid Wales
Sitting in the middle of Wales there are plenty of hills to bike across; with the Dyfi forest providing a picturesque 15km trip with berms and banks towards the end for you to enjoy.
This one may be a bit more difficult, but with a 47 mile distance that will see you cross the Pennines twice, how could you resist this adrenalin pumping experience?
This gives you the perfect excuse to head to Scotland. Considered one of the UK’s better routes, Glentress can offer you award winning tracks spanning more than 50 miles in distance. There’s even beginner and more experienced tracks so it’s fun for those of all abilities.
Found in the north, this trail may sound a little scary to some, but it’s what a true mountain biker wants to experience. With over 16 kilometres of gut churning climbs and technical bedlam to keep you busy, you get a real heart pounding rush; and it’s all laid out over picturesque views of the area for you to enjoy.
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