Vallnord Bike Park
“It’s hard not to like Vallnord Bike Park…the air is clear, the sky is blue…Plumes of white dust kick up…and warm, dry air feeds into your lungs…jump after jump, berm after berm…in to any of the multiple dusty, rocky, techy and flowy main trails and you have yourself a lot of options…everyone is having a great time on a perfectly graded, well maintained & modern mountainside.” -Dirt Magazine
Vallnord Bike Park, continues to be one of the reference points for mountain biking in Europe and has regularly hosted World Cups – and will again in 2013- and the annual Maxiavalanche race in June is sister event to the infamous Megavalanche. It is easy to understand why such huge events come here: there is over a vertical kilometre of descending from the top of the mountain back into town! The top of the park is open and flowing, but as you dip below the treeline the trails become much more steep, twisting tightly through the trees, occasionally bursting out into bright, sunlit clearings. Cedric Gracia was the mastermind behind much of the riding here, and you may well bump into him riding the park…
Vallnord Bike Park is for all types of people, from the most expert in descents to the youngest beginners. It is a Bike Park for the whole family thanks to the appropriate circuits adapted to start out in complete safety, and specific classes conducted by specialised instructors.
There is a broad variety of trails to enjoy – and lots of choice…there’s upwards of twenty separate DH routes here! Many of these cross one another, making it very easy to switch between trails on each run to keep things fresh. Not that you will get bored of course – there’s a lot of riding to be had, and due to their length each track will take you a lot of sessioning before you start to feel that you are hitting the optimum lines.