Plan a Cycling Holiday
Places To Go For A Camping And Mountain Biking Holiday
Mountain Biking In Europe
In Europe, you are spoilt for choice, but a popular choice is Tyrol in Austria. This has some of the longest trails you can find through The Alps, making it the perfect choice for a mountain biking holiday. Take a look at the campsites available in this beautiful country.
Another popular destination is La Fenasos in Spain. This is a highly remote mountain biking trail that isn't for the faint-hearted. The only way to get to it is via cross country track, and there are no bike lifts, so your only option is to hop onto the back of one of the military trucks available to head to the start. Take a look at the campsites available in Spain to book.
Mountain Biking In The UK
Head to the Forest Of Dean for a multitude of mountain bike trails in a mix of environments and with various difficulties ranging from family right up to orange and red routes for you to try. Stay at Broadmeadow Caravan and Camping Park nearby, where you can take your touring caravan and pitch up for the night. Take a look at further options in the area here.
Haldon Forest is a mountain bike trail that is easy to get to. Situated in the heart of Devon and close to the M5, you can make the most of the convenience whilst still managing to get that feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. This consists of trails aimed at beginners, intermediate and advanced mountain bikers, so there is something for everyone. Devon is a popular area for campers too so there are plenty of opportunities for you to choose a nearby campsite.
For further advice on some great trails to visit, take a look at Mountain Biking UK
Mountain Biking In Wales
Wales is a country made for mountain biking, with exciting hills and mountains running throughout the country, no matter where you choose to go; there is a mountain bike trail to suit your difficulty level and requirements.
Coed-y-Brenin in North Wales is the UK's most extensive mountain bike trail and is perfect for the more experienced rider. The forest park has many paths to follow, an on-site cafe, and it even has a bike service and repair shop on site. North Wales has a strong leisure and caravanning industry making it perfect. Pick out your perfect campsites in the area here.
Further south, you can find the Black Mountains Cycle Centre, where you can choose from various passes, a variety of trails and enjoy an exciting freeride centre through the Black Mountains. Beautiful and exhilarating. Book a touring pitch on Black Mountains View Caravan Park and stay in the area. If you book ahead, you could even book yourself into one of the three static caravans they have available for hire. For further camping options nearby, please look at our campsite finder, where you can narrow down your search by location and facility.
In the heart of the Brecon Beacons, you can visit Treads and Trails, which offers you guided mountain biking and walking opportunities. If you fancy a slight change of pace, you could even depart from mountain biking for the day and take advantage of their skiing and snowboarding opportunities instead. Take a look at the Treads and Trails website for more information. You can find yourself a campsite or caravan park near Abergavenny, or if you don't mind a little travel, you could pick anywhere in South Wales.
Planning Your Meals
Meals become extra important when you spend your day doing a highly active exercise such as mountain biking. You need to take plenty of options to eat while on the go and ensure you start the day with the right type of energy and then eat the right foods in the evening to help you recover.
Start the day with a hearty meal that is high in calories before you start. It would help if you ate slow-release carbs that give you energy and keep you going for a long time. Things to include are porridge with fruit and some good sports shakes. Other options to have for lunches are baked potatoes, rice meals and even some rice pudding. A good stew can also warm you up before a ride.
During the day, you need to take plenty of high energy foods that are easy to eat and carry with you, such as protein and sports bars. Sports shakes can also help keep your energy up too.
In the evening and after your bike ride, you should make sure you are eating plenty of lean proteins such as canned meats, eggs and protein bars. You can make yourself some delicious meals that will give you energy and help your muscles recover after a long mountain biking day.