Mountain Bike Tours

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Mountain biking Rocks!

Crete's impressive mountain ranges offer an ideal mountain biking playground with spectacular scenery.
Extensive farm-track network, quiet dirt roads, challenging single-trails, rock gardens, hardpack and loose ground, there are routes for any taste.
The beauty of nature, the scent of the herbs in the wilderness, the sunny, clear blue sky, keep that smile on your face throughout the ride, even on those lung busting climbs.

Local knowledge makes a difference! We've been riding the tracks of Crete for more than 25 years, we literally know the stones by their names!

Based in Sensimar Royal Blue Resort & Spa, Panormos, Rethymnon, JoyRide Cycling offers a wide spectrum of mountain bike tours to fulfill the desires of all cyclists. We have carefully designed the best routes, mountain bike and road cycling tours for every level, from beginners to advanced cyclists, for an authentic, inspiring experience of Crete


Choose from the suggested routes below, they are categorized in three groups for different Rider types (* defined below). Find the tours and trips that rock your boat and feel free to contact us for your Custom & Exclusive requests.

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JoyRide.Bike/Crete

Recreational level 1 *

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Psiloritis - Anogeia

Recreational / Active
Shuttle MTB / Road Tour
60 km  550 hm↑ 1850↓hm
Van Shuttle drive to 1300 hm.

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Anogeia, means high lands, is a famous village of Crete, for good historical and cultural reasons . Located high, just under Psiloriti's peaks, the landscape reveals stunning views of the island from East to West.
Starting high on Psiloritis, at Nida plateau (1300hm), Zeus birthplace...

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Melidoni 

Recreational
38 km  480 hm↑↓
mtb / road

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Melidoni is famous for the ancient cave located near the village. A miracle of millennia, giant stalactites and stalagmites form one of the most important caves of Crete. In mythology it was the cave of Talos...

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Bali

Recreational
28 km  640 hm↑↓
mtb / road

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A traditional fishing port, build along three little bays, with sandy beaches and wonderful, crystal clear water. Under the shade of Talea Ori, it combines sea and mountain in a scenic landscape...

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Active level 2 *

Margarites

Active
33 km  550 hm↑↓
mtb / road

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Located in scenic green rolling hills at the foothills of Psiloritis, Margarites is a well-known pottery center of Crete. Narrow winding streets with rich flora, aromatic plants, trees and flowers...

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Eleftherna 

Active
35 km  620 hm↑↓
mtb

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Established in the 9th century BCE by the Dorians, ancient Eleftherna,  is located on a narrow, steep, naturally fortified ridge on the roots of Psiloritis. Technical off road ride through two beautiful gorges...

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Arkadi

Active
40 km  750 hm↑↓
mtb / road

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Arkadi is a historical, Byzantine monastery of 5th Century. Located on a fertile and verdurous plateau, over a gorge. The area has a unique natural beauty, with pine, oak, cypress trees, vine yards and olive groves...

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Avid level 3 *

Canyons

Avid
43 km  900 hm↑↓
mtb

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Crossing three canyons, this route exposes the rich biodiversity of Crete, with many alternating landscapes in an area full of streams, hills and little plateaus. Technical off road ride, demands good condition and skills...

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Talos

Avid
51 km  1200 hm↑↓
mtb

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Talaia Ori was the inhabitant of Talos. The bronze giant was the first robot in history. He was one of the three gifts Zeus (Dias), the greatest of Gods, offered to his daughter Europe and her son, king Minos of Knossos...

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Rivers Epic

Avid
78 km  1650 hm↑↓
mtb

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This is an epic ride! You want it all in one shot, there you go! We follow the rivers as they curve their ways through the mountains. We cross the gorges of Eleftherna, Girofaraggo on our way to Arkadi, Patsos lake and Miloi gorge..

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Custom & Exclusive


 mtb & road
Personalize your
Joyride Experience.

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Would you prefer your own dream ride? We can personalize the route to ride at your own pace, private or with your group of friends. Take your time to explore your most anticipated areas, reflecting your own interests.

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* Rider Types Defined

Find your Comfort Zone


Whether you ride for fun, recreation, fitness, the challenge, the adventure or to stretch your limits, Joyride Cycling has you covered with routes that fit your technical level and physical condition. Though it’s impossible to categorize Riders or Rides in a definite manner, we provide basic guidelines to help us find your comfort zone.

Please review the Rider Types in the tabs, we split them into three categories : Recreational, Active, and Avid. Use it as a reference to find routes, tours and trips that best suit your preferences.

We always keep a caring eye on our guests, providing support, information for the route and tips to handle each section properly. Should you feel the need to build up on your confidence and skills, short training courses, for beginners and advanced riders  are available upon request. For any further information feel free to contact us.

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Recreational


Fitness
I ride my bike regularly for fun, commuting or fitness. I am relatively fit as I enjoy sports and an active lifestyle. I prefer rides with slight inclines, mostly flat, rolling terrain with short climbs. I prefer low to moderate pace with breaks on the way. I can ride 30 – 50 Km on mixed terrain, up to 600 meters of climbing.

Skills
I have some basic experience riding off road, I am mountain biking a few times per year. I can roll and balance the bike on smooth dirt roads and I can maintain control of speed and direction. When things get rough, rocky or loose I’d rather walk the section.

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Mountain Bike Tours & Road Cycling Routes

Active


Fitness
I regularly ride my bike on a weekly basis, for fitness or sport. Active lifestyle is in my priorities, I enjoy all terrain and I feel comfortable challenging hills, mountain passages and long persistent climbs,.
I can ride at a moderate pace 4-6 hour rides , 40 – 60 km off road, up to 1000 height meters (elevation).

Skills
I have been mountain biking for more than a year. I have good control of my bike on moderately steep, rocky and loose terrain on climbs and descents. Fast descents bring a smile on my face and I really enjoy technical sections and single tracks.

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Avid Rider

Avid


Fitness
I am a strong, experienced mountain biker, cycling on average 100+ km weekly. I have excellent physical condition, I enjoy all terrain including long, steep, challenging, technical climbs and descents.
I can ride for 4+ hours at a fast pace, on 50 plus km long routes and I stay sharp after 1500 m of climbing.

Skills
I have been mountain biking for at least two years on a consistent basis. I have total control of my bike on fairly steep slopes, rocky, loose and tricky terrain. Fast descents are pure fun, rewarding me after a challenging climb.

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