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Mountain biking

Mountain biking is a new way of cycling which takes the bikers into the forests and wilderness. With a mountain bike it is possible to ride along gravel roads, squad trails, or rocky single trails.

Mountain biking in Saariselkä

The surroundings of Saariselkä offer amazing conditions for mountain biking.

  • The fells around Saariselkä are even and the terrain is mostly quite smooth.

On the open fell areas and in the vast forests there are hundreds of kilometers of different trails which offer the cyclist amazing experiences.

  • Hundred kilometers of different trails!

Map and routes

Mountain biking trails are marked in hiking map of Saariselkä. It is relatively easy to navigate with the basic hiking map of the area and find your own path.

From the Saariselkä Treklife routes in summer, route maps and on Saariselkä MTB Facebook site you can find tips for finding the best mountain biking trails in Saariselkä.

Equipment matters

In mountain biking equipment really matters. The better the bike, the nicer the experience!
In general, a good mountain bike needs to be durable, light, and right sized to the rider.

  • Wash the bike regularly and bike life gets longer considerably

On terrain the bike might turn very muddy why it is even more important that the bike works properly. That is why it is important to wash the bike regularly, before it gets extremely dirty. Notice that driving the bike when it is dirty shortens its working life considerably.

Proper clothing makes the day

In mountain biking, proper clothes enhance the riding experience remarkably. Padded cycling pants the most important single piece of clothing for a cyclist. If you are planning to do cycling more regularly it is recommended to buy decent cycling shoes and automatic pedals.
With the automatic pedals you can use your legs more efficiently and you don´t have to worry about losing the control to the pedals even in down-hills.

Additionally, a mountain biker needs to have a waterproof top-layer and cycling gloves.

Remember the helmet

A mountain biker should always have a helmet on. On terrain even a small riding mistake can cause a serious crash. In case of a crash in the forest it is possible to hit your head in stones or roots. Even the branches of woods hanging low can hit the cycler´s head and cause an accident.

Saariselkä MTB Stages mountain biking event

Saariselkä MTB Stages is a 3-day mountain biking event in Saariselkä. It will be organized for the next time on August 2016. The event consists of three different races which will be raced on three different courses in the wilderness of Saariselkä. It is also possible to participate only on one stage. More about Saariselkä MTB Stages

The first ever Saariselkä MTB mountain biking event was organized in 2011. Since that the event has been organized one a year and it has been growing steadily.

For more information on the event visit its Saariselkä MTB website and Facebook-page. You can find pictures from the events from the Flick-gallery.