Mountain biking is a sport with high levels of energy and Catalina Island is a perfect outlet for energy. “Until mountain biking came along,’” observed legendary woman mountain biker Jacquie Phelan, “the bike scene was ruled by a small elite cadre of people who seemed allergic to enthusiasm.” This statement of the biker shows the enthusiasm of the sport.
Mountain biking began in the US around the early 1970s, and gradually, the sport evolved into a worldwide trend. The sport can be practiced anywhere, but usually, it involves rough trails with twists and turns than paved roads. Mountain bikes that were developed in the late 1970s have large sturdy tires and tubes with huge threads to offer grip on the rough trails and downhill actions. These bikes also feature gear systems and shock absorbing systems.
You can find everything you need to enjoy in a mountain biking trip in Catalina Island. The bike rental shops on the island will rent you high-quality bikes for the day or by the hour.
The Catalina Island Conservancy has developed a variety of mountain biking trails around the island. The main highlights include rides from Avalon to Airport Road to the Airport in the Sky, along the Two Harbors road to Two Harbors, along Escondido Road to Little Harbor, along Parsons Landing Road to Parsons Landing, and along the Middle Ranch Road to the outback of the heart of the island.
Visitors will have to buy Freewheeler Bike Pass and Conservancy membership to explore the interiors of the island. The membership and pass can be purchased from the Conservancy office in the Explore Store located at 125 Clarissa in Avalon. Besides that, riders must wear approved safety helmets and should use bikes with deep knobby tires. Hybrid tires are not allowed in Catalina, owing to the rugged interior of the island.
Most of the biking trails are gravel and there are no tight twisted single-track trails. Experienced bikers find that the island offers some degree of difficulty combined with the scenic pleasures. It is also reported that the island offers some of the steepest grades in the state.
Whether you are an experienced mountain biker, or someone who likes to try out the sport, Catalina Island is the place for you to hit the road or the trail and experience what is so contagious about mountain biking sport.