That time of the year. Bike fever. And fairs and dreams.
In Helsinki, they had this weekend the annual GoExpo fair for outdoors business and activities, mountain biking included. Also the Finnish outdoor destination of the year award was announced there, this year with a mountain biking theme. And the winner of the year – Ylläs in Finnish Lapland – has definitely done great job the past years developing the year-around mountain biking possibilities in the destination (including the ski resort Ylläs and nearby Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park )
As a Northern Finn in Switzerland, I am also happy of the direct winter season flights from Zürich to Kittilä (the nearest airport to Ylläs). Although, when thinking of the good mountain biking, it would be even more comfortable if the direct flights would be flying in summer too. Please?
Though, nothing wrong staying in Switzerland either. And this year again I am happy to be living in Switzerland, with the damn good an varied mountain biking possibilities all around the country. This year I also hope to have the money, to update my toys and explore the trails every free weekend and holiday I manage to get this season. (yes, mtb really is the new golf)
And so, these days, alongside planning my whole strategy for the year, I am researching the options and drafting plans for biking and touring and eating and drinking my way around Switzerland.
There definitely needs to be biking in Graubünden (in the pics – hope I also get to take my own pics from there soon) and Zermatt. And the all the cheese and beer, in the middle and especially after. Well deserved.
Maybe a different kind of tour in Montreux-Riviera too. Biking and wine tasting combined. And some easy everyday tours in Uetliberg in Zürich, if and when I move back to that direction soon.
And I should also sign up to one of those technique / bike repair workshops or girls camps. I mean, I can bike and fix something, but some extra lessons never do harm.
One just would need to sit down and choose one. Or two. But like with the destinations, while it’s good to have so much to choose from these days, it’s also the problem of too many good things to choose from.
And so, feel free to help me in the comments section (or comment in instagram) if you know where what and how I should do better mountain biking this summer.
That I would look as cool as the people in the pics here.
Pics: Graubünden, Switzerland. Copyrights:Arosa Tourismus, Nathan Hughes, Graubünden Ferien, Gaudenz Danuser, Jean-Luc Grossmann für Spot Magazin, Ferienregion Lenzerheide, Daniel Geiger, GRF/Destination Davos Klosters, Markus Greber