MOUNTAIN BIKE – The Grand Traverse

If you like technical singletrack mountain traverse and stunning scenery this one is for you.

Outdoor Norway expert guides will take you on hidden singletrack journey to experience a true wilderness ride in Norway. The views along this route are simply gorgeous.

To get where no others go we need to push our bikes until reach the north ridge.  As we ride across the mountain ridge the splendours views unfolds and we can spot down the three valleys of the mountainsides and the Lønahorgi Peak at west. We stop at Skorseteggi Peak at 972 masl. to take a break and enjoy our delicious snack and the nature surroundings.

Reaching south side ridge it’s time to embark on a long ride downwards mixing three short up’s until get back to Voss at 60 masl.

This beautiful route is perfect for those who are in good shape and used to challenging rides. The Grand Traverse is technically a complete loop, starting in town, involving many kilometers of paved road by shuttle, and returning by biking all the way back to town. A great long day journey.

This trip includes:  
  • Hidden singletrack journey
  • Rough terrain, rocks gardens and root sections to master your skills
  • High-end full suspension mountain bike from CUBE
  • Certified MTB guide, friendly and local knowledgeable
  • Wilderness Norway
  • Stunning views
  • A great bike shredding

Recommended for advanced riders. A fit rider on a strong intermediate skills level who don’t mind to walk around the few difficult sections and is up for a challenge will have a great experience.

Outdoor Norway has Amazing MTB traverse in Norway Professional and Certified mtb guides Top quality Enduro mountain bikes, plush ride!

Had an amazing tour with Outdoor Norway. Their guide took me out for some of the most fun singletrack riding I have had in my life. He was super patient, pointed out all the best lines, really helped me level up my biking. All the rental gear was brand new and top quality. I am so impressed and would love to do other tours with Outdoor Norway on future visits.

Andrew from California

We had a fantastic time mountain biking with Marcio!! This gentle guide knows how to ride, showing us the best trails and landscape around! The bikes we rented are amazing!!! I would recomend this company for everyone!! It was Epic!!

Gustavo Abah from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The plush ride we got for you!

The CUBE Stereo 140 HPA Race is a machine that delivers almost infinite fun on epic trails.

With 140mm, 27.5in wheels and robust components, it’s the perfect setup for any riding situation you care to throw its way – the perfect bike for existing and aspiring enduro riders alike and perfect bike for our backcountry terrain.

With 140mm travel suspension on both forks and shock to absorb all the bumps and make it a hell of plush ride and not doubt it will boost your confidence to send that good droop. All bikes have a rear shock with settings for climbing and pedalling trail ride, gives you plenty of options to enjoy the trails all the way back down, formulating the perfect Enduro machine.

Equipped with a 150mm* adjustable seat-post with handlebar lever. The Reverb dropper post gives the rider plenty of scope to move around on the bike and provides a safe and comfortable descent.

All of our rides are guided by friendly, knowledgeable local guides. Secret trails, out-of-the-way swimming holes, the good restaurants in town… they know it all!

*Bike size small come with 120mm adjustable seat-post.

ITINERARY

1- Check-in at our outdoor base 10 minutes before you schedule time.
2 – Gear up
3 – Quickly warm-up and bike check + adjusting
4 – Shutle drive 35 minutes
5 – Grand Traverse journey
6 – Biking back to our outdoor base.
7 – Gear out
8 – Help to water spray to clean the bikes
9 – Drink a cold one, Skål!

RIDE DETAILS
The journey starts with a shuttle up to the Opheim lake at 370 masl.

Part 1. We push the bikes for about 45 minutes until is possible to pedaling where the most fit bikers will find a challenge! As we go up, the view across the valley is pretty dramatic from up there.

Part 2. At 810 masl. we hit a less steep track which leads up to the top of the mountain ridge. From the ridge, a panoramic view over the whole mountain system opens up. We reach the Skorseteggi Peak at 972 masl. and take a break to enjoy our delicious lunch and the gorgeous views. Recommencing the great ride on a singletrack across the high plateau alternating ups and downs.

Part 3.  Time to point our bike downwards on a pure singletrack alternating rock garden sections and two steps down. A truly fabulous mountain bike adventure where you have to pick the good lines and dare to roll over a few rocks.

Next stop is by the Liaset Paraglider take-off which still offer a great view to the valley ahead, paragliders are a good example of how to harness the power of nature in a sustainable way!

Part 4. We take off on a short gravel road section connecting to hidden singletracks then conecting to a tight section by a creek river bed until we reach the first vilkage a more flowy track, all going down.

Part 5.  One short uphill before we get that overdose of singletrack mixing flowy ride with challenging Norwegian alpine terrain to then arrive back in Voss to end a pure mountain bike traverse day.

Part 6. Skål, what a journey!  Time to lift a pint from the local brewery.

RIDE DATA

  • Hours of riding 6
  • Distance ridden 28km
  • Elevation gained 1.008 masl.
  • Elevation lost 1.610 masl.
  • Highest elevation 972 masl.

TRIP DURATION

7 hours total

ABILITY LEVEL

Recommended for riders SKILL LEVEL 6 and FITNESS LEVEL 6. See the skills & fitness rating system down below.

DEPARTURE DATES 2019
22nd June, Saturday
29th June, Saturday (Only 3 spots left)
13th July, Saturday (Fully Booked)
27th July, Saturday
17th August, Saturday
31st August, Saturday

Departure time: 9:30 am.

PRICE
1350 Adult
1215 youth – (14 to 17 years old)
Family kr. 4617,00 (2 adults + 2 youth)

We can custom make this tour for you and your peers!  For smaller and bigger groups who prefer to travel together we do quote prices with the date and time you choose. Please contact us for more information via info@outdoornorway.com

GUEST REQUIREMENTS

Min age 14 (with good mountain bike experience and handling)
Good physical health
Please inform us of any medical conditions like asthma, epilepsy etc

MEETING POINT

Operational Base address: Evangervegen 14 – Postal code 5704  – Click here to get there via google maps.
Our operational base is an Outdoor Lounge Tent is located by the lakeside of Vangsvatnet in Voss. Only 100mts from the Train station  and the Central Bus station.

Show up 10 minutes before your scheduled time at our operational base


SKILL AND FITNESS RATING SYSTEM

We want ensure you will find your adventures appropriate to your ride experience, skill level and interest, is of utmost importance to us.

During the booking time we ask every Rider to review the SKILL AND FITNESS RATING SYSTEM below, to ensure we can offer the most appropriate cycling route so you’re confident to executing the set skill and fitness.

SKILL RATINGS :

SKILL LEVEL 1 – NEWBIE
You’ve never ridden a mountain bike before.

SKILL LEVEL 2 – BEGINNER
You have limited experience with off-road trail riding.

SKILL LEVEL 3 – NOVICE
You’re hooked on riding off-road and wide dirt trails (gravel trails or doubletrack), but still lack the skills and confidence to consistently ride terrain with roots, rocks, tight corners, tight trees and steeps. Singletrack – what is singletrack?

SKILL LEVEL 4 – STRONG NOVICE
Your dedication to mountain biking has led you to your first handful of rides on real singletrack. You enjoy the smooth mellow singletrack, although often the trees feel too tight, the climbs come too quick to shift and have you walking, and the obstacles have you a bit surprised as you did not even know people ride right over logs!

SKILL LEVEL 5 – INTERMEDIATE

TERRAIN

At a controlled speed and on mellow singletrack terrain, you are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand.

OBSTACLES

You are comfortable and confident rolling over small obstacles (a couple inches high) like roots, rocks and small rollable drops (a couple inches high). You do not take your wheels off the ground.

SKILL LEVEL 6 – ADVANCED

TERRAIN

You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

OBSTACLES

You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 20cm) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

SKILL LEVEL 7 – EXPERT

TERRAIN

You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking. You rarely, if ever, walk.

OBSTACLES

You often hop over obstacles such as roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. Small drops are no issue for you and you are comfortable with having both wheels leave the ground.

BIKE PARK

If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue, black and double black trails.


FITNESS RATINGS

FITNESS LEVEL 1
You are a couch potato.
You cannot ride for more than half an hour on flat terrain at a time, and the thought of climbing on a bike is daunting.
You exercise less than 1 hour per week.

FITNESS LEVEL 2

You live a fairly sedentary life with little physical activity other than walking.
You can handle a 1 hour bike ride on flat terrain at a relaxed pace.
Small, short hills are challenging to climb, but are sometimes manageable.
You exercise on average 1 hour per week.

FITNESS LEVEL 3

You are capable of 2 hours of pedal time in a day at a relaxed pace, as long as there are several breaks.
You can handle one or two easy climbs of up to 150 vertical metres (330 ft.) total.
You exercise on average 2 hours per week (including riding a mountain bike).

FITNESS LEVEL 4

You are capable of riding at a moderate pace for an average of 2 hours of pedal time a day.
You are capable of climbing up to 200 vertical metres (650 ft.) in a day.
You exercise on average 3 hours per week.
Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

FITNESS LEVEL 5

You are capable of riding at a moderate pace for an average of 3 hours of pedal time a day.
You are confident climbing up to a total of 300 vertical metres (1,000 ft.) in a day.
You exercise on average 4 hours per week.
Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training or running.

FITNESS LEVEL 6

You are capable of riding at a moderate pace for an average of 4 hours of pedal time a day.
You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.
You exercise on average 6 hours per week.
Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training or running.