Once at our hotel we can un-box and assemble our bikes in the grounds, then any of your questions can be answered over dinner, which is an informal pre-tour briefing.
The hotel has plenty of space for you to relax in, a good bar and café. For those people who are renting bikes, we may have time to set them up this evening, otherwise we’ll do it in the morning. For those on their own bikes, our guides are expert mechanics and will help you to get everything together and set up perfectly after your flight.
We continue to Devrentbasi to enjoy a simple but tasty picnic lunch, then ride on to Derinkuyu where we have time to explore the fascinating multi story underground city. At the end of the ride you’ll have enjoyed a first taste of the scenery, the trails and the hospitality of Turkey; you’ll also be ready for an a night of comfort in one of Cappadocia’s finest “Konak” luxury boutique hotels. Located in the charming historical village Guzelyurt there are streets to wander in the evening, as well as some excellent food to set you up for the next day of mountain biking.
At this point it’s time to grab a snack and make sure you’re hydrated, as you’ll need full concentration for the descent that’s about to come. From here its nearly 1800m down into the Monastery Valley, and we fly down the trails as dust, rock and the blazing sunshine combine to test our focus and get the adrenaline pumping. And this is just the morning – we roll back in to Guzelyurt for a restaurant lunch in the town square and celebrate our first major descent with a good feed, in preparation for a great afternoon.
After time spent exploring the lovely old buildings of Guzelyurt we descend via Yuksek Kilise (High Church) to Ilhara at the start of Turkey’s famous “Grand Canyon”. We ride the tricky (with some hike-a-bike sections) singletrack in the canyon itself, over rocky obstacles and low, wide north shore style bridges and walkways that are a challenge and a pleasure.
At Belisirma cold drinks in a bamboo hut suspended above the river’s fast flowing waters await! From here the ride down the canyon continues, flowing through patches of woodland, over terraced gardens and sometimes right alongside the stream that eventually brings us out at Selime village, right at the base of the canyon.
Mountain biking out from Goreme after lunch, we take a steady singletrack climb through the gardens and fairy chimneys of White Valley, enjoying some skills training specific to the intensely steep, meandering dirt trails. After a final climb we stop for freshly squeezed orange juice at the valley head before continuing to Uchisar- a pretty little village fortified with a hilltop castle. From here we descend Pigeon Valley- at times quite steep, rocky and technically challenging on a classic, satisfying singletrack trail
For those dedicated to getting as much singletrack mountain biking in as possible, today’s ride won’t disappoint you. We start with an easy but rewarding singletrack above Rose Valley before heading down a great 5km singletrack through Meskender Valley (technical at times with lots of challenges from steps to tunnels and berms). Then we climb up through Rose Valley once again but this time heading for the magnificent Church of Columns, descending on a rock cut bermed track to Cavausin for a picnic lunch.