Few extreme sports travel as poorly as mountain biking. “Flying is a nightmare,” says professional racer Ross Schnell. “You have to disassemble the bike, cram it into a travel case, and pay these crazy fees—and more than half of the time they lose the bike.” But you shouldn’t let any logistical nuisances hold you back from a much-needed, two-wheeled escape. Unlike Schnell, contractually bound to lug his deluxe, high-performance, full- suspension Trek Remedy around the globe (our hearts go out to him), you have a much easier solution: Leave everything at home. At these booming trail-riding meccas of varying continent, terrain, and degree of difficulty (not to mention fitness level), all you need is a ticket and a toothbrush. Though we would strongly suggest a fresh pair of legs, too.
Three extreme adventures of unparalleled beauty.