Top gear, no fear: Chiang Mai mountain biking

Perched as close as possible to the peak of the mile-high mountain, we stand on the pedals, lean back, ease off the brakes and whoosh! Reaching speeds of 50 kilometres an hour – that’s 13 metres a second – we hurtle over the rocks, ruts and roots of Doi Pui, the Chiang Mai national park.

All the dirt-bike routes up here are advanced. Some, I’m told, may even be among the world’s hardest. Even veterans sometimes find themselves walking the strenuous bits.

In theory, nobody gets hurt. Our bikes boast spacehopper-suspension and we all wear helmets, body armour and in some cases goggles. Nonetheless, I don’t relish the prospect of tangling with a tree, which could easily happen if I daydream or dither. Read more at Thailand’s Nation newspaper…

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2008/04/19/travel/travel_30071081.php


Top gear, no fear

Rocketing down the slopes at Doi Pui in Chiang Mai is fun just know that everyone crashes

In theory, nobody gets hurt. Mountain Biking Chiang Mai

Perched as close as possible to the peak of the mile-high mountain, we stand on the pedals, lean back, ease off the brakes and � whoosh! Reaching speeds of 50 kilometres an hour – that’s 13 metres a second – we hurtle over the rocks, ruts and roots of Doi Pui, the Chiang Mai national park.

All the dirt-bike routes up here are advanced. Some, I’m told, may even be among the world’s hardest. Even veterans sometimes find themselves walking the strenuous bits.

In theory, nobody gets hurt. Our bikes boast spacehopper-suspension and we all wear helmets, body armour and in some cases goggles. Nonetheless, I don’t relish the prospect of tangling with a tree, which could easily happen if I daydream or dither. Read more at The Nation…

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2008/04/19/travel/travel_30071081.php