Rychlebské Stezky are by far the most famous MTB location in Czech republic and are also one of the most unique places to ride in Europe. During the riding weekend we will explore the best that Rychlebské trails have to offer. There are 14 trails made of boulders and stones of all sizes and shapes, each trail is literally laid out by stone and on some such as on Obelix, you will hardly touch “ordinary” soil. Some boulders as the one on the T-Rys reaches the dimensions of a bus, so it is not only an interesting ride, but also a beautiful visual experience, as the trails look like a masterwork of art.
During the two days of riding, we will try out the very best trails one by one. Where we will encounter a tricky section we will stop and tackle the sections together. Two days of riding in Rychleby are enough for an introductory trip as all of the uphill has to be tackled the regular way – by pedalling. On the first day we will get to know the individual trails and repeat only the best one on the second.
Our favorite and at the same time technically one of the most difficult ones is the newest trail addition – the Jestřáb trail, which also brings a number of interesting wooden north shores, which are often only as narrow as your tire and therefore will strongly challenge our balance skills. We will also find a long 15 meter fallen tree at a height of about 2 meters, which can be ridden on nicely, but you must not lose your nerves, or otherwise you will end up in a small muddy bath.
We will go gradually from the easiest trails to the more difficult ones, we will connect the uphills so that we do not get bored upwards and at the same time save power as much as possible.
In case it rains, it doesn’t matter, as the stones here, thanks to their unique structure, have great grip even when wet. If by any chance we have enough of pedalling on our own on the last day, we can make a stop in one of the bike parks – Peklák or Kouty on the way home and exchange pedalling for a cable car or lift. However, this we will decide on the spot.
We will be accommodated directly in Černá voda, so we’ll be very close to the trails for and we will have lunch directly at the trail base camp, where we can also have a challenge or two in the skill park or on the jump line. They also have a bike service and shop right there, so there should be no problem repairing the bike.
Rychlebské Stezky are definitely suitable for a bit more advanced riders – upper intermediate, as rocks all around us increase the risk of injury in the event of a fall. On the other hand, it is also largely about psychology as the trails are well-built and once you get used to riding on them, they are really relatively comfortable to ride. However, this trip is ideal for those who like technical riding, as it is more or less the definition of this trip and it is true that the difficulty level is between red to black on most trails. The balance is also very important, especially in the sections where the stones are placed higher above the ground, as well as the ability to lift the front and rear wheel when needed and going through uneven surfaces – you guess it – over rocks mostly.
As part of the booking process, we will contact the individual riders and check their abilities. If you are looking for what you can compare with riding in Rychleby, then it is really difficult because they are so unique. Then again you could compare it to Kameňák trail in Bratislava, which is similar to some extent, some trails in Slanské vrchy, or perhaps part of the trails in Záruby.
If you buy for 2 or more riders we are able to provide a group discount. We can also arrange a private trip for you and your group. Please reach out to us if you want to book for multiple riders and we will give you a custom price as each trip has a different pricing structure.
Minimum amount of riders is 4 for the trip to happen.
Mandatory gear (you can’t ride with us without it):
Spare brake pads
Recommended gear (up to you to take, but recommended):
Light – helmet
Light – bike
As this is an Enduro MTB trip, please make sure your bike fits the category, a full suspension bike with at least 130mm front and back, ideally more.
Warning – Make sure its in very good riding condition – brakes, tires, derailleur etc. If we find a serious problem at the bike check, you will have to have it fixed before you can join us riding.
E-bikes are welcome, though the van will take care of the uphill for us. If you have a hardtail and still want to go, let us know and we will agree individually. If not sure let us know.
During the whole trip our group will be guided by a certified guide from the Traildeer team for the whole duration of the trip. On the last day you can also decide to go on your own if the group is going to ride a different route or will not be riding anymore.
We will specify accommodation closer to the date. However it will be 2-3 person rooms in an apartment or bed & breakfast on a standard comfort level, so that we get a good nights sleep, a hot shower and have space to lay down our things. Our bikes will be stored safely for the night.