When it comes to North America, I’m lucky to say that I’ve ridden my bike just about everywhere. And while any town with trails is a great one in my mind, there are certainly a few places that stand out from the rest. Here are my top 4 favorite mountain bike cities on the continent:
#4 Colorado Springs, CO
It’s no secret that a city from Colorado was going to make this list. However, you may have thought it’d be Aspen or Boulder that I’d mention, not Colorado Springs, Denver’s much smaller sibling to the south by about 90 minutes. Colorado Springs is a mountain bike paradise, because there are numerous trail systems literally all throughout the city. You can start your ride on single track from your favorite coffee shop in town and ride as far as you want into the rockies. Not to mention, the scenery is incredible and offers some of the most unique landscapes in the Rockies.
#3 Salmon Arm, BC
This small community in British Columbia has a very mellow vibe, but don’t let that give you the wrong impression on the trails. Starting from the edge of town is a growing network of single track with some massive jumps, drops, and log features. Like any riding in BC, you’re either climbing or you’re descending in Salmon Arm, and everything is steep. The painful climbs make the epic descents that much more worth it, though.
#2 Williston, VT
This small town near Lake Champlain in Vermont is one of my absolute favorite summer destinations. Like many east coast communities, riding is fairly limited to designated parks with trail systems. While the trails may not be as abundant as some towns out west, every single trail in Williston is a handcrafted work of art. Tight and twisty through the dense forests, every trail has a huge variety of features and endless flow.
Now Tahoe isn’t exactly a city, but this entire region takes the cake when it comes to cycling heaven. There are literally trail systems all around the lake and down into the surrounding communities. This is the only place I know where you can do a 6,000 ft climb, all on single track, and then ride beautifully groomed down hill trails back down. And the views… Those are also the best.