- The best parts of Cappadocia Singletrack tour crammed into a weekend!
- Enjoy all inclusive meals at some of Cappadocia’s best restaurants
- Tour includes transfers from Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport and is great value
- Get professional one-to-one skills coaching from our professional guides
- Ride amongst, lunar rock formations, canyons, tunnels and “fairy chimneys”
- Explore cave dwellings and ancient churches
- Developing your technical riding ability amongst awesome scenery
- Relaxing after your ride in a wonderful Turkish hamam bath
- Enjoying fantastic local food at some of Cappadocia’s best restaurants
The Goreme Singletrack Weekender is a centre-based 3 day trail MTB tour featuring two full days of guided singletrack riding, transfers to and from Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport, all meals and 2 nights accommodation in an good standard cave hotel. The runs as follows: Friday Evening: Shuttle transfer from Nevsehir or Kayseri airports to Goreme. Flight should arrive before 18.00. Lunch and evening meal at a good quality restaurant. Meet the other riders with a bit of a knees up in a local bar.
Overnight Flintstones Cave Hotel, Goreme
Saturday: Full day guided singletrack tour Jungle to Moon and Back Route: Goreme – Uchisar – Gemil – Kavak – Gomeda Valley (down) – Uzengi Valley (down) – Urgup (lunch) – Red Valley Sunset Point – Meskendir ridge (down) – Swords Valley – Goreme (39km / 900m Climbing)
- Awesome panoramic views of Uchisar Castle and Pigeon Valley
- Meeting the locals in Kavak village’s traditional tea shop
- Choosing lines through the volcanic moonscape of the Kavak Flow
- Stream crossings, pools and splash downs in the lush paradise of Gomeda
- Drinking naturally carbonated mineral water from the Uzengi spring
- Fast, flowing panoramic downhill trails along the Kiliclar ridge
- Discovering rock cut pigeon houses and cave church complexes in Swords Valley
Saturday Itinerary: Today’s ride takes us out of the Goreme valley system and into an area of even more epic proportions. It’s a long and fairly challenging ride, roughly half on singletrack trails and half on fast and open inter-village tractor tracks. We begin with a steady climb up the hill to Uchisar and after a brief warm up enjoy a steep technical climb over Gemil hill- the highest point in the area with incredible views. Heading out to Kavak village sees us amongst rural, non-touristic Central Anatolia, and it’s nice to spend some time taking in the pace of life and local smiles in this totally authentic farming town. Before long we reach an amazing descent into the Gomeda Valley. This is like a natural BMX track with so many different lines to be ridden and natural carves and bowls like a man-made pump track! After a challenging final descent, we ride along the valley on jungle-like, overgrown singletracks (long sleeves recommended) with numerous technical stream crossings, log bridges, splash-downs and rocky river beds to contend with. Heading on into the Uzengi Valley we check out some of the finest multi-storey rock-cut pigeon lofts plus a “natural wonder” water spring. From here it’s an easy coast downhill to Urgup, where we eat a wonderful meal in one of the best local restaurants.
After lunch we ease into the afternoon with a gentle valley climb up on a shady dirt track beside uncultivated fields that are awash with wildflowers and butterflies in spring and early summer. Regaining our height without too much effort, we soon arrive at the Sunset Panoramic point high above Red and Meskendir valleys, and begin a fast, sometimes steep downhill along the Kiliclar ridge. Offering amazing views on both sides, this trail is one of the region’s best. Returning to Goreme through the undulating trails of Swords Valley, we can spend time exploring cave church complexes and stop to photograph some of Goreme’s most iconic landscapes. Lunch and evening meal at good quality restaurants included.
Overnight Flintstones Cave Hotel, Goreme
Sunday: Full day guided singletrack tour Weekend Warrior Route: Goreme – Gorkundere – Swords Valley – Meskendir ridge (up) – Mesekdir Valley (down) – Rose Valley 2 (up) – Grapes Church (lunch) – Red Valley Sunset – Rose Valley 1 (down) – Cavusin loop – Love Valley loop – Goreme (Distance: 27km / 780m Climbing) Sunday Highlights:
- Downhilling through the tunnels, caves and rock arches of Meskendir Valley
- Discovering the 8th century Columns Church- voted by many as the best in the area
- Improving your singletrack skills and learning techniques specific to the local terrain
- Biking the Moab-like trails around Cavusin’s “table top mountain”
- Riding the 2007 XC MTB Euro Cup course through Gorkundere
- Getting rude with the massive “fairy chimneys” of Love Valley
Sunday Itinerary: From Goreme we soon hit top class singletrack and ride a section of the 2007 Euro XC Cup course. Taking things slow, this is a great place to develop trail skills, and our guides will offer detailed and thorough tuition. We stay close to Goreme, enjoying some steep, smooth singletracks and through Swords Valley (Kiliclar). From there a scenic ridge climb ticks all the must have photoshoot boxes, before a technical descent brings us into Meskendir Valley. Here a fast flowing, often steep, trail descends through tunnels, canyons and steeply terraced gardens to a beautiful valley cafe where we can stop for drinks. Now climbing, we tackle the super-steep terraces of Rose Valley- stopping to draw breath and admire the phenomenal rock-cut “Church of Columns”. Crossing a grassy plateau brings us above Red Valley and onto a sheer sided rocky spur that affords a “hot air balloon” view to the valley below. We enjoy a delicious lunch in an off-grid eco-sensitive local restaurant and have time to chill on the sofas there as we digest.
In the afternoon, we ride an amazing half-pipe bowl trail down into another branch of Rose Valley, putting into practice the safe descending skills we learned earlier. We carry on to the historic small village of Cavusin and follow a challenging but hugely rewarding singletrack high above the village- through some unique and photogenic rock formations. Finally, we cross the valley plain to Love Valley, and enjoy an easy circuit amongst the “fairy chimneys” there. One final panoramic track brings us soon back to Goreme, where the ride ends. Return to Flintsones Hotel for shower / change of clothes. Then return shuttle transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport for onward travel (evening meal not included) Please note that you may choose to stay on longer in the the region, and / or follow the tour as part of a longer programme. Likewise, you can start and finish the tour in Goreme, without transfers.
Price is 280 Euros per person, including all transfers, professional guide, all meals, good quality bike hire (Trek X-Caliber 9 29ers). This price is based on a minimum group size of 4 people- groups of 2 or 3 people will pay a supplement of 80 Euros per person.
Cappadocia is Turkey’s trail biking paradise- a volcanic landscape offering challenging and rewarding slick rock; lush, green singletracks and unforgettable caves, tunnels and canyons. We have been based in Goreme, the jewel in Cappadocia’s crown, for the last 10 years, and know the region’s trails like the backs of our hands. There can be few better places to ride a mountain bike on this earth. So many trails and so much variety this is a single track paradise. Mountain biking in Cappadocia is the perfect balance between unmissable scenery, challenging trails and luxury boutique hotel accommodation. It is a place guaranteed to stir the emotions, and also one of Turkeys best balances of tourism know how and traditional ways.
Cappadocia enjoys a continental climate of long, dry summers and cold winters, often with heavy snow. The best time to ride is May – June and September – October though the itineraries we offer are broadly possible right through from April to November.
About the Area:
The remains of the millions years ago volcanic eruptions, shaped by the wind and rain for thousands of years, have formed one of natures most spectacular masterpieces: Strange rock formations, called: “fairy chimneys”. Settled throughout time by Hittite, Persian, Romans, Byzantine and Ottoman civilisations, many of these caves are still decorated with icons and wall paintings from the early Christian times. Cappadocia is rich with history and filled with natural wonders! Sunset Singletrack Cappadocia from Biking in Turkey on Vimeo.
Tour Length: 3 days.
Start / finish point: Nevsehir Airport / Kayseri Airport / Goreme
Grade: 3-4: Some singletrack experience preferred
Features: 2 days single centre trail MTB. 2 nights at a top cave hotel with swimming pool and bar
Group size: 2-10.
Price includes: 2 nights boutique hotel accommodation. Transfers to and from Kayseri or Nevsehir airport. Professional MTB guide. All meals, snacks and tea and coffee at mealtimes. Emergency assistance.
Price does not include: Flights. Alcoholic and soft drinks available at camps or restaurants and entrance fees to historical sites and museums. Drinks and extras at optional cafe stops. Tips.
Equipment advice: Tubeless tyres or some form of slime based puncture protection are strongly recommended for this tour, especially if you choose to ride in autumn.
Dates: Contact us!
Options: Single Room: 60 Euro. Bike Rental: 50 Euro. Hot Air Balloon: 175 Euro. Women’s saddle: 10 Euro. SPD pedals: 10 Euros.
Price (per person): 280 Euros per person, based on a minimum group size of 4 people- groups of 2 or 3 people will pay a supplement of 80 Euros per person. Click here for the latest itinerary