Lofsdalen's ambition is to become one of Sweden's and perhaps even Europe's best cycling destinations. There are various downhill trails and mountain biking that are suitable for the whole family. Here we collect our tips about cycling in Lofsdalen and clarify the cycling terms.
Your guide to biking in Lofsdalen
The unique thing about Lofsdalen is its width, here you will find machine-prepared flowtrails and also trails that are safe and full of speed, the trails both suit beginners and cycling fans. In recent years, multimillion-dollar investments have been made to develop a bicycle product that is well worth a trip.
Lofsdalen's three cycling areas:
1. Trail cycling Lofsdalen Fjällpark MTB. In the new bike park, located 800 meters above sea level, there are really nice machine-prepared bike paths that are perfect for the whole family. With fun velodrome curves and wooden bridges, the whole family can get around and have fun on the trails. Bring your packed lunch to one of the grill sites. In the summer of 2022, three new trails will open and even more will be built.
2. Downhill in Lofsdalen Bike Park. A modern and well-maintained bike park is offered here, where the focus is on families, beginners and intermediate riders. 16 kilometers of trails that offer really long, beautiful rides. You go up comfortably and safely with our six-chair lift. There is always staff on site to help you on and off the bikes.
Guide to mountainbiking i the mountains
XC, trail or mountain biking?
There are many cames for mountainbiking. Cross-country cycling, and trail cycling come from the definition of the terrain you cycle in. In essence, they all mean the same thing, as all terms include a mountainbike (model of bike) and uneven terrain in some form. Generally speaking, dirt roads, dug paths or really challenging paths with roots and rocks are included.
What is flowtrail?
A flowtrail is a trail that is built for mountain biking. It is advantageously built in a crooked manner in the terrain and can be both downhill, flat and slightly uphill. The path is usually dug to be able to create a so-called flow, where you can easily get a nice feeling of floating with the ride without having to brake too hard and pedal every other, or turn too strongly. A flowtrail suits most people, beginners and experienced, as the speed is easily adjusted by the cyclist
Downhill is cycled in so-called "Bikepark's" and includes lift riding uphill and cycling downhill, on slopes that are used for skiing in winter. The trails are dug by machine or by hand, and are available in different degrees of difficulty (such as skiing) and require special equipment such as full face helmet and protection for the body, e.g. kneepad. In the vast majority of bike parks, this equipment is available for rent, as well as bikes adapted for downhill riding.
What is a skillsarea?
Many destinations with landscaped mountain bike trails now also have a skillsarea. These are adapted for beginners as well as experienced cyclists to practice cycling technique in different types of challenges. There is room to practice balance, cornering, jumping and dropping. These obstacles are usually in different degrees of difficulty so that you can constantly develop regardless of level.
A pumptrack can be in a skillsarea or be built into the cycle path. It is characterized by short “bumps” where you can "pump your way forward" or pump up speed. These work great for practicing gaining better control of your bike, your position on the bike and controlling speed by using your body as an aid.
Our best tips for those who want to cycle in the mountains
Dress for the weather, but bring reinforcements in a backpack. The weather changes quickly. A coffee break may need an extra sweater.
Energy! Bring extra energy. Cycling on mountains means differences in height in most cases and all tours are more fun when you have the energy to complete them. Get into the habit of packing an extra piece of candy, just in case.
Stick to the trail. The vast majority of destinations have marked trails and these must be used with respect for animals and nature. In those cases where the paths are divided, walkers are given priority and a "Hello" is always nice followed by a smile.
Challenge yourself with sensibility. Use the skilssarea to practice new techniques and secure your skills.
Check your bike from time to time and bring the essentials for e.g. puncture. Some trails lead you a bit out on the mountain and help can be far away when there is a puncture or the like.
- Pack a bag for longer trips. This should contain extra clothes, energy, simpler tools and a smaller first aid kit with plasters and wound wash