Mountain biking is a hobby for a lot of people, whether you’re new at it or you’re experienced. A lot of people love mountain biking so much because it gives them the opportunity to get exercise, enjoy some of the most amazing natural beauty the world has to offer, and escape from the stress of daily life.
If you love it enough, you might think about planning a trip entirely around the activity.
The following are some things to keep in mind to help you plan the mountain bike-based getaway you envision.
Consider Renting an RV
You’ll need a place to stay during your mountain biking trip, and renting an RV can be the best option according to experienced bikers. According to the peer-to-peer RV site Outdoorsy, there’s not much that beats the joy of bringing a bike on an RV trip. Of course, you can use them to get around camp or even around town, but you can also explore the terrain in your locales on a bike as well.
Outdoorsy cites some of the best locations for RVing mountain bikers including Lake George in the Adirondack Region of New York, Wilderness State Park in Northern Michigan, and Henry W. Coe State Park in California.
The reason mountain biking and RVs go hand-in-hand with one another is that it gives you a chance not only to fully immerse yourself in your surroundings but when you opt for RV accommodations or even travel trailers you can go to more remote places that might be more well-suited to mountain biking as well.
What Are You Looking For?
The first guiding concept to planning your mountain biking trip should be the type of terrain and landscape you’re after. That will determine a lot of the other details of your trip. For example, would you want to do desert riding, high mountainous terrain or downhill rides?
Maybe you’re looking for locations that are near big cities or perhaps you want something that’s completely away from any cities and towns.
Knowing what type of biking you’re after is a good way to start when making the initial planning steps.
Another initial question to ask yourself at this point is what you want to achieve from your ride. Do you want all day marathons or are you more interest in some relaxing scenery?
Do You Want Non-Riding Options As Well?
If you’re a hardcore mountain biker, you might be entirely happy with a location that offers only miles and miles of trails.
On the other hand, if you just want mountain biking to be a portion of your trip, think about what other activities are nearby. For example, can you swim, boat and hike as well? Could you get into a town or city relatively easy?
Do You Want To Go With a Group?
There are some different options if you’re planning a trip focused on mountain biking. You can always go it alone or with your family, but some people prefer groups. There are small groups which usually range from two to six people and large groups which often consist of more than six people. Small groups are beneficial if you’re newer to mountain biking, and they tend to be safer than going at it alone.
With a large group, it can be tough to manage the logistics, and you also need to make sure you’re with a group that’s similar to you regarding experience level. Solo trips are good if you’re a newbie, but if you’re going overnight, it can start to get dangerous, particularly if you have an injury or you’re not necessarily totally certain of your skills.
A mountain biking trip can be fulfilling, exciting and relaxing all at the same time, but it does require some upfront work and planning to ensure that it goes smoothly.