MTB California - 4 Reasons To Go Coastal

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June 13th, 2017

The sport of mountain biking has exploded in the last 15 years, with more riders, clubs, events, and races every year it's hard to imagine a time without  mountain bikes!  The first off-road bikes date back to the beginning of the 19th century, but the mountain bike scene we're familiar with today,  started in good ol' Marin County , California in the 1960s. From there,  the sport  grew and mountain biking in California  became  what it is today - miles and miles of purpose-built  singletrack  that weaves through  beautiful coastal forests and beside stunning ocean views. 

 

why you need to mountain bike california:

1. the coastal forest

The Pacific temperature rainforest of Northern California  provides the perfect  environment for one of nature's most magnificent masterpieces - the Giant Redwood.  Redwood trees usually achieve a height of 200-280 ft (60-85 m) and the 'big ones' can be up to 360 ft (110 m) and  can be older 2000 years old.  The coastal rainforest has inspired nature enthusiasts for many years, and now the trees provides a surreal backdrop for mountain bikers to  explore  epic forests  that seem to be  from a fairytale. 

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2. the birthplace of mountain biking

Marin, California is known as the birthplace of mountain biking and if you're a passionate mountain biker, it's a great idea to go back to your roots and discover where it all started.  Be sure to visit the Marin Museum of Cycling  and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, for a  great depiction of  how mountain biking evolved to what it is today.  While you're in the area (and after a sweaty ride), don't miss out on visiting the Gestalt House  - rated one of the Top 10 Cycling Bars  in the World by Outside Magazine. 

 

 

 

3. the trails

If you visit the 'birthplace of mountain biking,'  you should expect some pretty amazing trails -  and believe us, your expectations will be exceeded!  From the  trails along the Great Lost Coast to the Redwood Forests there are trails for all skill levels and adventure types.  A few of our favourites: 

Trail: Gunslinger, Mendocino, California

Trail: Paradise Royal Trail System ,  Lost Coast, Northern California 

Trail:  Thornton Prairie Route (a 2500 ft descent!)

Watch the video below to get a taste of California mountain biking...

 

4. the endless other adventures

The west coast  offers countless activities for the adventurous soul , and mountain biking in California is  just the beginning.  In between rides or throughout your trip to California  be sure to experience a few other highlights -  Who said you're too old for Disneyland? 

WINE TIME : Explore the Napa Valley 

DISNEY for ADULTS:  Tap into your inner child 

NIFTY NATIONAL PARKS : Explore Yosemite,  Sequoia,  Joshua Tree and Kings Canyon National Parks

CHECK OUT THE CITY SCENE:  San Francisco to L.A. 

CRUISE THE BEACHES :  Soak up the California sun!

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Ride on! Here's a little more inspiration for your next mountain biking  adventure in California. 

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