7 best mountain bike destinations on Earth

These remote two-wheeler trails offer speed, excitement and scenery.

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Bike Trails South Africa Western Cape Bike Trails South Africa Western Cape (Photo: warrenski / Flickr)

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South Africa's Western Cape

South Africa's Western Cape has more to offer mountain bikers than almost any other region on the continent. Using Cape Town as a starting point, riders can cruise challenging downhill runs near Table Mountain or spend days exploring trails through nature reserves and lonely-but-scenic stretches of Atlantic Ocean coastline.

This region hosts what has become one of the most anticipated events of the mountain bike calendar, the Cape Epic Race. Even if they don't take part in the event, bikers can follow the route that racers use, passing though the Cape's most scenic landscapes and most challenging terrain.

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