This is a seriously downhill ride with as much singletrack as you can get.
Only suitable for people who are confident going DH on mtb i.e. know how to get their bum off the seat!
Trails: hardpack jeep-tracks and singletrack, some loose sandy sections, steep trails with drop-off on one side in places.
Scenery: mountain farmland with good views of volcanoes, ‘jungly’ ravines, spectacular ridge-top rice paddy views.
Easily asseccible from the southern resorts, Ubud or Candidasa.
The day’s ride starts with a gentle traverse from a temple at the edge of the GunungBatur crater. You have time to perhaps mumble a quick prayer before the action kicks off in earnest with a very fast downhill on a flowing 8km-long jeep track. Beware as this trail can be very tricky: not only steep but riddled with channels carved by water running down over the soft, dark, volcanic sand. It’s very easy to be caught out by picking up too much speed and overshooting corners or else hitting areas where deeper sand had gathered on the trail. Finding yourself sprawled out is not uncommon.
After a short, stiff climb out of the valley, you then navigate down the side of a large ravine and continue to blast downhill through remote mountain scenery.
You then hit a jeep track that in places can be submerged in water. Its definitely a fun challenge, charging through the pool, spraying huge plumes of water in all directions.
A break about now gives the chance for a hydration top-up and is followed by a short, easy pedal on tarmac. A mix of singletrack and jeep tracks finishes the ride with a last steep descent into the first rice paddy. A small village nearby affords exceptional views across the TelagaWaja River. After refuelling, you can even take in some refreshing whitewater rafting on the river to cap the day off.