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Freeride mountain biking

Add some drama to cycling
Visit one of the world’s most mountainous countries and discover unheard of MTB downhill opportunities.
A person on a downhill mountain bike in Hafjell Bike Park
Photo: Hafjell.no

It seems logical that you should have to endure hours of agony climbing the Norwegian mountains before you can enjoy the fun of freeride mountain biking or racing downhill.

But more and more ski resorts in the Norwegian mountainside allow adrenaline-seeking freeriders to use their lifts during summer, to contend with downhill runs of varying levels of difficulty.

Many people see MTB as a form of extreme sport, and believe us – it can be just that, with challenging terrain and inventive track designs with a mixture of natural and man-made obstacles. However, there are courses for children as young as seven years old as well.

You could bring your own full-suspension or hardtail bike, or you could rent a dedicated downhill bike and all the equipment you need. Many freeride and downhill venues are situated close to other sports facilities, like skateparks, high rope courses, via ferrata climbing areas, or kayak rentals.

And don’t forget – wear your helmet!

Photo: Sveinung Myrlid / Visitnorway.com

    Top 5 freeride bike parks

    Kristoffer Kippernes is the editor-in-chief at Norway’s major cycling magazine terrengsykkel.no. He welcomes visitors to mingle on the publication’s web forum, which has become a hub for the two-wheeled community. Here are his top 5 “playground” tips for freeride and downhill cyclists.

  1. 1. Hafjell Bike Park

  2. Location: Hafjell lies 20 minutes from Lillehammer
    Suitable for: Cyclists of all skill levels.
    The park satisfies the most demanding bikers.

    Hafjell Bike Park is internationally recognized, with trails of World Cup standard. Bikers have access to a comfortable and quick gondola cable car, a wide range of equipment for hire, and the Skavlen restaurant which has a separate section for those who bring their own food.

  3. 2. Drammen Ski Centre

  4. Location: Drammen lies less than an hour’s drive from Oslo.
    Suitable for: Cyclists of all skill levels.
    The park is especially suitable for families.

    One of Norway’s most important freeride (downhill) areas, with an enjoyable balance between natural and man-made trails. The bike park is situated in the winter park, with an express lift that takes you to the top.

  5. 3. Nesbyen, Hallingdal

  6. Location: Hallingdal lies amongst Eastern Norway’s largest valleys.
    Suitable for: Enthusiasts with some experience who come for the fun.

    Low-key but fun trails in hilly forest terrain. An uphill car shuttle compensates for the lack of a lift.

  7. 4. Narvikfjellet

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  9. 5. Kristiansand sykkelpark

  10. Location: Kristiansand lies in the southernmost part of Norway.
    Suitable for: Experienced downhill bikers.

    A small-scale freeride/downhill bike park with ambitions. Experts from other bike parks help out to improve the cycling facilities. Cyclists have access to the country’s shortest ski lift.

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