- Riding amongst the lunar rock formations
- Picking lines through slick rock single tracks
- Exploring cave dwellings and ancient churches
- Taking a hot air balloon flight over the “Fairy Chimneys” of Goreme
- Going underground in one of Cappadocia’s fantastic subterranean cities
- 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
- Tackling the rocky trails in Turkey’s most famous and undeniably awesome canyon
- Experiencing local life in off the beaten track villages.
Welcome to Turkey’s most awesome scenery: abounding with intense, technical ups, super fun smooth, flowing chutes and adrenaline fuelled rock garden descents. This is Turkey’s trail biking paradise- a volcanic landscape offering challenging and rewarding slick rock; lush, green singletracks and unforgettable caves, tunnels and canyons. Accessible to all riders with a little off-road experience, the sandy terrain makes Cappadocia a perfect place for beginners, improvers and experts alike.
Biking in Cappadocia is so much fun, but what this sets this tour apart is quality of hotel accommodation and restaurants used throughout, complimented by a breadth of historical and cultural interest rarely matched on world class singletrack terrain such as this. Cappadocia has it all- great trails, friendly, welcoming people and a landscape that will blow your mind….
Situated in the centre of Turkey’s great Anatolian plain, Cappadocia is a legendary land of towering “fairy chimneys”, cave dwellings and dormant volcanoes, laced together with lush, green valleys. 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.
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This tour offers a good taste of remote, wilderness biking without losing touch with it’s trail focused roots- it’s a no compromise selection of Turkey’s very best singletrack routes led by expert local riders. Grading is Intermediate with sections of Advanced, although those sections are always easy to pass on foot, and full warning will be given! Off road biking is in its infancy here- so be at once a pioneer of this new terrain and likewise have the trails to yourself.
This tour is purely designed around the BEST biking trails the region has to offer- no compromises. You will also enjoy some of the best cave hotels anywhere in Turkey, plus delicious and plentiful meals showcasing the most delicious Turkish food in charming, family run restaurants. Apres-bike is simple but fun, and accommodating to the tastes of the group- don’t expect night clubs and discos, but we can enjoy a few beers over (and after) dinner. Hotels are excellent- and you will love the chance to stay in genuine cave rooms!
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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.
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. In spring the landscape is much greener, and often covered in swathes of wild flowers. Late summer can get very dusty until the first rains come (normally not until October).
Fly to Kayseri from Istanbul, with connecting flights worldwide. Turkish Airlines have really good deals if you book in advance. We are authorised agents and can book your tickets for you- please ask! Bring you bike along or hire one of ours. We currently use Trek X-Caliber 9 29er hardtails that really make the most of the steep, sandy and technical trails we have here.
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!
900 Euros per person.
Minumum group size 3.
Maximum group size 10.
For groups of 5 people or less a surcharge of 100 Euros per person is added to the price.
7 nights boutique hotel accommodation. Transfers to and from Kayseri airport. Professional MTB guide. Full use of support vehicle. All meals in best quality restaurants, all snacks and tea and coffee at mealtimes.
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 for guides and driver.
Start / finish point:
4: Some singletrack experience is essential although the tour is suitable for intermediate and improving riders. This is a strenuos programme with technical sections so good cycle fitness and an adventurous attitude are essential!
6 days multi centre trail MTB.
Tubeless tyres or some form of slime based puncture protection are strongly recommended for this tour, especially if you choose to ride in autumn. Wide, high volume tyres work best. Low gears are essential. Rubber soled cycling shoes are recommended for hike-a-bike sections. Bring warm, waterproof biking clothing just in case.
May 6 – 13 2017
May 27 – June 3 2017
September 2 – 9 2017
October 14 – 21 2017
Single Room: 220 Euro.
Bike Rental: 150 Euro.
Hot Air Balloon: 175 Euro.
Women’s saddle: 10 Euro.
SPD pedals: 10 Euros.