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Mountain Biking in Romania

13 March, 2013 0 comments

Mountain biking in Romania

 

Mountain biking in Romania.

Some might consider mountain biking an extreme sport but it can also be a recreational one. Mountain-biking is basically riding your bicycle off-road. What you might not know it that mountain biking goes way back to the beginning of the XX.th century and was initially named cyclo-cross. In 1966 the first rough terrain trail was built especially for mountain bicycles in Oregon. By the late 1970's companies started making lightweight mountain-bikes that were more durable and easier to handle during the descending or climbing of rough pats. Nowadays this once obscure sport has gone mainstream.

    Certain trails are too rough for a regular bike so if you intend trying it out you will need a specially equipped bicycle that can handle the uneven, rocky and sometimes muddy roads without getting stuck or breaking down. If you decide to ride away in such an adventure make sure you always carry with yourself water, GPS equipment or a map, tools to repair you bike and some dry clothes. If you would like to try out mountain biking without the risk of getting lost or wandering away from the trail there are plenty of recreational parks with built in ramps and mounds of dirt where you can try it out, you can probably find one in your city. However, keep in mind the fact that this is a sport that requires good bicycle riding skills, strength, balance and you have to be willing to get dirty.

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   Mountain biking has a few major categories that you should be familiar with.

   trails, however this isn't for those who are faint of heart

 

Mountain-biking in Romania

Romania is finding its identity as a mountain biking destination. It has amazing potential with its many hills and mountains, with no shortage of dirt roads, trails and amazing pastures that can go up to 2000m.

If you choose to discover Romania's naturally breath-taking sights on bike you should know there are many organized tours through the mountains and countryside that provide you guides and the best trails. You can sign up for different kinds of tours from cross-country to all mountain. The tours are adapted to your skills and range from beginner to expert levels. A tour can last from one weekend to marathon tours that can last up to 10days.

Prices range from 85$ for a one weekend tour and range between 500$ and 600$ for 6day tours, which are of course supervised by experienced guides.

Biking across Romania is a unique experience that will take you on a journey across beautiful mountains, forest trails and countryside where time seems to have stopped. You can see little farms with organic crops and animals that graze freely. Farmers in these little villages still use horse driven carriages and still manufacture meat and cheese specialties just as they did hundreds of years ago. The climate is mild, there is sunny weather even in the autumn.

So don’t hesitate visiting Romania, it's a unique country and the best way to explore it is of course by mountain bike.

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Have your say:  What does mountain biking mean to you? Have you ever been to Romania?

 


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