October has arrived and finally it was time to go mountain biking on Karpathos . Anyone who follows us on Instagram has seen that this was planned before, but unfortunately it was canceled up to 2 times. The first time because of the clouds and the other time because I was lying in bed with a migraine.
Unfortunately, but today was the day! With a lot of sense and a little bit of panic (mountain biking on Karpathos is nothing compared to cycling in our flat Netherlands!) We went to Pigadia this morning. First breakfast at En Plo and then on to ION.
Mountain biking on Karpathos
When you go mountain biking on Karpathos, you start the tour at the shop of ION Club in Pigadia. We also start here where we meet Jirka and Nick. Jirka is our guide. He knows the most beautiful places of Karpathos and regularly explores the island by mountain biking. Nick photographs for ION and is with us to take pictures. Perfect, because it saves me a lot of hassle and allows me to concentrate on mountain biking.
After selecting the right mountain bike and helmet, it's time for a mountain biking lesson. How do those gears work and how do you cycle on such a thing?! Fortunately, Jirka knows everything and we can therefore safely set off.
There are several routes you can choose to drive. We did a bit of a mix. We started with the Church route. This starts just outside the center of Pigadia and then mountain biking towards Amoopi and Menetes. As the route says, you make a beautiful route along about 12 churches on Karpathos. You really pass the most beautiful viewpoints and see Karpathos in a completely different way. Just like walking on Karpathos, beautiful!
We don't drive all the way down the Church route, because Jirka shows us something else towards the end. There are also some mountain bike trails for the real pros . Height, curves, wooden bridges, you name it! Part is already finished, but it still needs to be much bigger.
Some practical info
Vincent in particular was a big fan of mountain biking. His condition is also a bit better than mine haha! I thought the route was beautiful, but also found the cycling quite scary. You drive part on asphalt and another part on unpaved roads. Especially going down I found this terrifying, because you go super fast. And you have to be careful with the brakes, because of all the loose stones on the road. Ah nice, I drove quietly behind Vincent and Jirka who didn't seem to have any problem with it.
It is important to keep in mind that mountain biking is very different from cycling in the Netherlands. I would therefore also recommend most to go for the easiest route or possibly the Church route. This has some heavy parts up, but you will also descend several times.
Good shoes and a comfortable outfit are a must. And don't forget to bring water!
Over ION Club op Karpathos
ION Club is a company that has established itself in several parts of the world. The company mainly offers wind and kitesurfing activities, but since a few years they have also been engaged in other activities. Looking for sports activities on Karpathos? ION Club is the place to be!
They once started with windsurfing , but now ION Club on Karpathos is much more than that. They offer yoga classes, climbing and mountain biking. They also have barbecue parties every week, where everyone is welcome.
Want to know more about ION Club? Check out their website here.
I am coming to Karpathos on May 6th. If there is an organized tour I would like to join and otherwise I will rent a bike and go on my own ????????