Day 1 : Transfer from Kayseri Airport to Soganli, southern Cappadocia
Day 2-6 : Mountain biking in Cappadocia
Day 8 : Return transfer to Kayseri Airport
7 Nights good quality hotels
Day 1: Flight to Kayseri Airport. Transfer Soganli Valley (1 – 1.5hrs)
Assemble bikes, dinner, briefing. We stay in a fantastic and truly authentic local pension with awesome cave rooms, home made village style food and fantastic hospitality. The canyon setting and open terrace are the stuff of dreams.
Overnight Emek Pension Soganli
Day 2: Soganli Canyon – Guzeloz – Derbentbasi (picnic lunch) – Derinkuyu Underground City (43km / 745m Climb / 710m Descent)
We begin by exploring Soganli valley- discovering rock cut churches, cave houses and incredible rocky scenery on a network of technical singletrack trails. In at the deep end, we’ll have chance to work on some essential trail skills here before taking a steep singletrack route (mostly rideable) out of the canyon. Continuing sometimes on rough tractor tracks and sometimes directly cross country, we get close (not too close) to the canyon edge for some unbelievable views, before picking up a fast, flowing dirt road which brings us back into the valley via some ancient and technical rock steps to Baskoy. From here, easy and shady tractor tracks, with some stream crossings provide the entertainment. We have a picnic lunch at the head of the canyon below Derbentbasi (18km) and then climb out of the canyon to Derbentbasi. We head off across open countryside on a network of dirt and rocky tractor tracks that take us on to Derinkuyu where we have the option to explore the fascinating multi story underground city. We transfer 30km to the beautiful old town of Guzelyurt and overnight in a splendid and luxurious Ottoman “Konak” hotel.
Overnight Kapadokya Ihlara Konaklari, Guzelyurt
Day 3: Transfer – Nar Lake – Sivrihisar – Guzelyurt (picnic lunch) – Ihlara Canyon – Selime (41km / 940m Climb / 1210m Descent)
After a short 20 minute transfer we begin our ride at a fantastic volcanic crater lake, climbing up and over the rim on a rough, sometimes vertiginous tractor track, picking a route through the rock slides with superb views below. We descend on a fast flowing singletrack through the deserted houses of Nar village. After a challenging climb on cow tracks and then dirt tractor tracks we cross a high mountain pasture (1900m) to arrive at Sivrihisar village. From here we descend on fast dirt tracks descent into Guzelyurt’s Monastery Valley where we enjoy a picnic lunch. After leaving the pretty historic town of Guzelyurt it’s more downhill via Yuksek Kilise (High Church) to Belisirma- half way point in Turkey’s “Grand Canyon” of Ihlara. We ride the sometimes tricky singletrack in the canyon, eventually arriving at Selime village where we have dinner and drinks on the riverside.
Overnight Catlak Pansiyon Selime
Day 4: Selime Monastery – Transfer – Uchisar – White Valley (down) – Goreme (restaurant lunch) – Divan dirt road – Uchisar – Pigeon Valley 9down) (25km)
We visit the incredible rock cut Selime Monastery and churches and then transfer 1.5hrs to Uchisar above the Goreme valley. This is where the best singletracks kick in… the next 3 days are pretty much solid gold trail riding! From Uchisar we launch into an awesome 5km long single track descent through White Valley (technical in places) and do some skills training specific to the regional terrain. After a restaurant lunch in Goreme we climb steadily via a dirt road to Uchisar village and then go down through Pigeon Valley- one of the most challenging downhills of the trip with some steep and rocky sections to challenge the best riders! Our base here in Goreme is lively and great fun- as well as being at the trailhead of several of the best routes.
Overnight Flintstones Cave Hotel, Goreme.
Day 5: Goreme – Rose Valley II – Ortahisar – Gomeda Valley – Uzengi Valley (picnic lunch) – Ibrahimpasi – Zemi Valley – Goreme (40km)
After warming up on some wonderful “foothills” we climb on steep, terraced sandy singletracks through the green and lush Rose Valley II, past the 7th century Church of Columns to Grapes Church (where cold drinks are available). We go on to Ortahisar- a pretty but unspoiled fortified village and from there take a dirt road to reach an amazing freeride descent into the Gomeda Valley. This is like a natural BMX track with one tricky section to think about… We descend the valley on jungle-like, overgrown singletracks with numerous technical stream crossings into Uzengi Valley and on to a beautiful picnic site where we explore rock cut churches and pigeon lofts (picnic lunch). From here we climb on picturesque dirt roads to Ibrahimpasa village, discovering the less touristic side of central Cappadocia. A rough track uphill over a hill top brings us back into the valleys and down Zemi Valley- lush, green and overgrown with some great fun technical sections, linking up with another freeride over moonscape rocks back to Goreme.
Overnight Flintstones Cave Hotel, Goreme.
Day 6: Goreme – Meskendir Valley (up) – Rose Valley I (down) – Kaya Camping – Meskendir Valley (down) – Cavusin (restaurant lunch) – White Valley Panoramic – Pigeon Valley (up) – Zemi Valley (down) – Goreme – Cavusin
We begin today with an immensely scenic ascent up Meskendir Valley, passing Kaya Camping and reaching the Panoramic Viewpoint once more. From there we go down a steep, flowing sandy singletrack into Rose Valley I and continue to Hacli Church for refreshments. After another great descent we climb out of the valley on a steady, natural half pipe of a trail back to Kaya Camping and this time descend on Meskendir. Sometimes really technical (you can walk the tricky sections of course), always wonderfully diverse (from steps to tunnels), this 5km downhill is one of the tour highlights. After a restaurant lunch in Cavusin we skirt the far side of White Valley on a panoramic dirt road that follows the canyon edge, offering epic “balloon tour” views over the tops of the fairy chimneys below. Continuing our climb on the Pigeon Valley singletracks below Uchisar we have another chance to descend through Zemi Valley before easily freewheeling back to Cavusin for beers. A tough but great day!
Overnight Hotel Green, Cavusin.
Day 7: Cavausin – Pasabagi – Table Top Mountain – Devrent Valley – Urgup (Restaurant lunch) – Panoramic Viewpoint – Balcon – Cavausin
From Cavausin we climb on challenging, undulating, technical singletracks to an old water tower above the fairy chimneys at Pasabagi, from where a steep and hard hike-a-bike trail gets us right to the top of Boz Dagi (Table Top Mountain). From here we take hugely panoramic goat tracks right around the edge of the table top plateau, with views down to the valleys below. We drop down on steep, sandy switchbacks which open up into super fast dirt road, meeting the Urgup – Avanos road at the bottom. Passing “Camel Rock” we drop into Devrent Valley and climb up to another viewpoint on a really nice singletrack spur, continuing on to Urgup for a restaurant lunch. From here an easy but very scenic dirt track brings us back to the Panoramic Viewpoint for perhaps the hardest but most incredible of all the trails… We call it The Balcon. Not for the faint hearted but great riding through boulder strewn and deeply eroded gullies. It’s the only way to end this trip and you will not be disappointed!
Overnight Hotel Green, Cavasin.
Day 8: Transfer Nevsehir / Kayseri Airport for flight home.
Note: Itineraries are subject to change without notice.
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