Going mountain biking is accessible to all, as long as you like cycling in nature. This discipline makes it possible to combine the pleasure of riding with that of recharging oneself in the heart of beautiful nature. Being able to practice a sporting activity in a preserved natural environment is a privilege and the landscape surrounding Épinal offers you this just 5 minutes ride from the town centre. There are a range of circuits to choose from, allowing you to cross the forest trails and countryside, throughout its community
You will be able to furrow along La Nivallée (n ° 83) which is 5.8 kilometres long, located in Chavelot or take Gueu du Saut which is 21.9 kilometres and has 300 meters of elevation in Xertigny. For the more courageous why not try the circuit Circuit des Forts which is a distance of 98 kilometres and 933 metres of elevation. Those are some of the possibilities among hundreds of marked trails to roam through the varied landscapes of Épinal and its surroundings.
Escaping during a mountain bike outing means getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city because once you are in the forest this recreation ground is open to all those who enjoy clean air. Then it is easy to travel for many kilometres through marked trails and crisscross a variety of different landscapes. Their diversity extends from country lanes to allow you to see our famous local cows, to cross a small stream cutting a clearing in the middle of the wide spread fir trees until you see a brook at the bend going around a country house that smells like hot bread.
Pedalling on a mountain bike is an adventurous journey to meet the fauna and flora as the circuits often pass by unexpected undergrowth which shelters some pretty secrets. Becoming one with this environment makes it possible to cut the link with the urban world during your excursion. Mountain bike riding offers a feeling of going beyond one’s limits, surpassing one's efforts and embarking on one's own challenges.
Cycle clubs specializing in mountain biking can help improve your techniques to overcome the natural obstacles that you come across.
Ride up between the trees, go down a stream, carry your bike, cross the roots and roll in the sand or the leaves of an autumnal landscape. There is nothing complicated when you follow expert advice, you just have to acquire the right skills.
If we have persuaded you to discover mountain biking, do not hesitate to consult our 112 marked trails or get in touch with one of the many clubs that value this discipline. You can also go on an adventure with a map or GPS router. Accessible to all, mountain biking is the essential activity during a visit to our area. If you have not taken your equipment, our many partners are available to discuss and meet your requirements. Les Maisons du Vélo (The Bike Houses) are equipped to provide you with equipment to rent for a day or a weekend.