Moun­tain biking

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Switzer­land be­ing syn­ony­mous with moun­tains, it’s en­tirely nat­u­ral that any moun­tain biker would grav­i­tate to the down­hills and cross-coun­try trails of the Alps and the Jura. In­ter­est­ingly, i n many places these routes are shared with hik­ers. It’s a tes­ta­ment to Swiss tol­er­ance that this ar­range­ment works so well – else­where in the world trail-shar­ing has been far less eas­ily ac­cepted. Of course, it helps that there’s so much trail to choose from. In all, there are 65,000km of main­tained hik­ing trails, ac­cess­ing ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try. Al­most all are open also to moun­tain bik­ers. They range from rocky plunges off alpine highs to flow­ing sin­gle­track through ver­dant pas­ture. The joy of biking as op­posed to hik­ing is that i n one day you can tra­verse mul­ti­ple val­leys, gain­ing a very di­rect feel for the coun­try’s cor­ru­ga­tions through your seat­post.

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