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Downhill cycling in Hemsedal, Norway - Photo: Hemsedal.com/Nils-Erik Bjørholt
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Downhill cycling in Hemsedal, Norway Photo: Hemsedal.com/Nils-Erik Bjørholt

Downhill cycling options in Norway

Hafjell offers a world class downhill venue, and there are good parks at Geilo and Hemsedal. Or head to Vrådal in the Telemark Mountains.

Some people see downhill cycling as an extreme sport, reserved only for athletes and cycling fanatics. The Norwegian bike parks however, are for everyone who likes bikes. In addition to enthusiasts and experts, they cater for both beginners and children from 10 to 12 years. Bring your own full-suspension or hard tail bike, or rent a dedicated downhill bike.

Many downhill venues are situated close to other sports facilities, for example skate parks, high rope courses, via ferrata climbing areas or kayak rentals.

When

The downhill season usually lasts from mid- or late June to mid-September.

Geilo

Geilolia Downhill Park has several downhill trails, from wide, open family-friendly tracks to demanding single tracks in the forest. The tracks range from easy to expert level. Some courses are for children as young as seven or eight years. Most of Geilolia's visitors are drop-in guests, but it is possible to book your visit in advance.

The most popular track is the Anaconda, a fun ride for standard hard tail mountain bikes with quality brakes.

Geilolia has 15 downhill bikes and 20 mountain bikes available for rent. Other facilities include a workshop, a shop, bike wash and a café. At Geilolia Downhill Park you can also try the high rope course and the bungee trampoline.

Number of trails: 4
Longest trail: 2,3 kilometers
Total length of trails: 6,9 kilometers
Elevation: 385 meters

Visit Geilo's official website for more information about Geilo.

Hemsedal

Hemsedal Bike Park has an eight seat lift that takes you to the starting point at 1,100 metres. The courses are three kilometers with jumps, drops, wall rides and North Shore elements. Your speed determines how challenging the ride gets. Beginners can start with the wide, smooth machine built trail, whereas those with previous experience may try the hand built “Psycho-løypa” course.

Facilities include bike rental, bike wash, a bike repair shop and a café. Bike guiding is also available.

Number of trails: 2
Longest trail: 3 kilometers
Total length of trails: 6 kilometers
Elevation: 500 meters

The Hemsedal Bike Guide is a free online publication with useful information about touring and downhill cycling.

The operator of the bike park, Norske Opplevelser, also offers exciting activities like elk safari and a wetsuit trout safari in the nearby Hemsila river.

Visit Hemsedal's official website for more information about Hemsedal.

Vrådal

Vrådal Mountain Bike Park is located at Lake Nisser, close to Vrådal village between the mountains areas of Telemark. A gondola takes you to mount Tverrfjellet, where you can choose between five downhill runs. For beginners, the easy “Dagshusløypa” is the best option. This course is three kilometers long and runs on different types of surfaces. 

The most exotic course is Svabergløypa (“grind rock-run”) with a surface that gives the tires a fantastic grip in dry conditions. The single rack trails at the top, marked with red poles, also have a great deal of grind rock.

The season at Vrådal runs from mid-July to mid-August.

Number of trails: 5
Longest trail: 3 kilometers
Total length of trails: 6 kilometers
Elevation: 480 meters

You can download a trailmap and a map over the downhill courses online.

Hafjell

Hafjell Bike Park is the largest downhill venue in Norway. It is also very accessible, situated only ten minutes from the Olympic town of Lillehammer and two and a half hours by car from Oslo.

A gondola and a chairlift bring you to the trail heads, where you can choose between 15 different runs. Hafjell Bike Park's smooth, machine built courses are inspected and maintained on a daily basis during the season. Several of the courses offer fast, safe cycling, free from the dangers of rocks and roots. If you have basic mountain biking skills, try the speed and fun on the “Motown”-trail.

Hafjell is a top spot for dirt jumping, with a range of jumps that cater for all levels; from beginners to experts. Local expert rider Trond Hansen plays a key role in building and shaping the jumps, making it the ultimate playground for dirt jumpers.

The workshop at Hafjell takes care of your mechanical problems regardless of whether you are renting or riding your own bike. The Hafjell bike shop offers downhill and cross-country bike rental, a range of spare parts, bike safety gear and bike clothing.

All in all, Hafjell Bike Park has everything you need for a fun, action-packed day.

Total length of trails: 25 kilometers
Elevation: 700 meters

Visit Hafjell's official website for more information about Hafjell.

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Last updated:  2013-05-27

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Downhill cycling in Hemsedal, Norway - Photo: Hemsedal.com/Nils-Erik Bjørholt

Downhill cycling options in Norway

Hafjell offers a world class downhill venue, and there are good parks at Geilo and Hemsedal. Or head to Vrådal in the Telemark Mountains.

Downhill cycling options in Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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