Downhill Mountain Biking

by Poi on February 16, 2011

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Chiang Mai seems to be turning into a bit of an adventure capital for Thailand, just as with flight of the gibbon you see downhill mountain biking trips advertised everywhere around town. I had wanted to try it out from the beginning of our three month stay, but had to save it for our last week when my friend was visiting, who had also been into at least some sort of cycling for most of his life! (Kirsty’s too much of a wimp for this – and went to get a massage instead).

We opted for one of the advanced routes for intermediate to experienced riders however, after a chat with the owner he decided we would enjoy the expert ride more. By the time we reached the top of the mountain a bunch of us had been upgraded further to take on what they call the x-route (or 4x for those of you reading their brochure, about 1,950 baht). Now I was beginning to worry a little bit, I’m confident on a bike but my actual downhill experience wouldn’t take long to read.

Mountain Bike guides working on bike in Chiang Mai

The guides sort out a dodgy disk brake

We were given full battle armour and a downhill bike to help us try and survive the next two hours, which turned out to be very helpful. The  ride was amazing, lots of fast single track, huge loose rocks, very steep sections and hundreds of tree’s to dodge, a couple of which I made very good friends with. I hit the deck three times in total, three trees, two standing and one fallen which took me by surprise after a tight corner. The pads took the worst of it and I was having so much fun that I jumped straight back on the bike every time.

Everything about the trip was exactly what we had both been hoping for, the route was challenging, the guides were fun and very handy when it came to repairing the bikes on the way down. It has definitely given me a thirst which I haven’t had in a while to do some more mountain biking.

Mountain Biking Chiang Mai offers many tours for any level of rider from very beginner to expert as well as offering personalised trips involving hiking, long distance touring and multi-day trips. With the scenery around Chiang Mai and a tasty lunch at the end you really can’t go wrong, just be ready to hurt the next day.

My apologies for the lack of pictures – I was to busy on the breaks to take any pictures on the way down.

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Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World February 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Not really my thing but I can see Jack getting into this. I’d go with Kirsty to have a massage instead 🙂
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Poi February 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

You could do the mountain biking and then go for a massage to relax you afterwards??

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Martin. February 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm

One of the best things I’ve done in Asia so far, too fun.

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Poi February 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

Thank you for being my cycling friend Martin!

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures February 18, 2011 at 1:41 am

Fun! I wanted to do this in Bolivia, but sadly I broke my ankle.
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Poi February 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

Ouch, such a shame.

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Jaime February 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Oh hot damn… this sounds like fun. Seems like Thailand is an adult version of Disney Land or something. So much fun stuff too do. Can’t wait to get there.
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Poi February 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

You’ll love it in Thailand so much, it’s impossible not to!

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Nick Laborde February 19, 2011 at 12:14 am

This sounds like a blast, I’ll have to add this to my list now. Since I’m pretty decent on a mountain bike already, I would opt for the expert route. I’ve never done the straight downhill riding though.
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Poi February 19, 2011 at 9:21 am

I remember reading a post a while back where you mentioned mountain biking so I thought I might see your face here!

I was the same, done plenty of mountain biking before but this was by far the craziest I’ve done.

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Rebecca February 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This sounds exactly like something my boyfriend will want to be doing when we get to Chiang Mai! He’s been mountain biking for a couple of years now.
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Poi February 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm

In that case he will love it, I’ll be doing some more when I’m back there for sure!

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mongoose ledge December 27, 2016 at 5:30 am

What a beautiful place. The paths look pretty good in your photos, but I will trust your words. Glad you enjoyed your mountain biking adventure.

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