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Old Mountain Epic trip in Veliko Tarnovo and Sopot

Few weekends back we took a trip to Bulgaria to meet again with the crew from Old mountain Epic.

They have invited us to do a track in the Central Balkan Mountain Range near Sopot. Beeing a 5h drive to Sopot, we decided to make this a 2 days trip and spend 1 day in Veliko Tarnovo and the next to go to Sopot and check that trail out, witch we heard it will be massive in terms of view, terrain and intensity :D.

In Veliko, you can not go wrong. You have the trails, the city, the people and each time we’ve been here we had a blast. The trails are in perfect conditions and its the place to ride till the seasons ends because of the friendly weather. The town is nice and you have great food here. The crew from Turnduro (enduro bike community) and Old mountain epic are top!

Ok, so we had a great Saturday on the trails doing Ani, Rodopa, 2 Offcambers and the DH trail. You wold say next day we rest but not us :D. On Sunday we wake up at 6 am, go to Nedko and start from there in 2 cars. After 2.5 h we are in Sopot, around 10 am waiting for our chairlift. We took the lift up to 1500m and from there pushbike until 1800m elevation. From here starts our singletrack. I can not say to much about the exact location but I’ll leave you a link to the track we took bellow, but I can say for sure it was the most demanding trail we’ve done so far. But also very rewarding. We had beautiful singletrack, beautiful view and some huts along the way. The bottom part of the trail was just hard enduro but beautiful as in a fairy trail :D.

We leave you bellow some pictures and a movie and soon we will upload on youtube a longer edit with the Sopot Old Mountain Trail.

Until then enjoy and ride safe! Link to track here: Sopot Old Mountain trail!

Veliko Tarnovo enduro MTB trails, Bulgaria

Last weekend we’ve been to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria to ride again the trails there, but this time was different. Why?! because we get to ride with the locals :D. And you know is best to ride with the locals, we can confirm this saying :))).

Veliko Tarnovo (BulgarianВелико Търново, “Great Tarnovo”) is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.

Often referred to as the “City of the Tsars“, Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the city is situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra (Source: Wikipedia).

Ok, so we’re gonna stop here because we have the important part and that is “situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora”… 3 hills…downhills :)))

So we meet at Veliko Turnovo with the crew from Turnduro and Old Mountain MTB Holiday an did some laps on the trails there and it was sick. The guys really did put some work into some of the trails and you could see it right away and also they have some natural trails or sections that are just beautiful.

So, at this time we can name 4 of the trails, Rodopa, Garga, Ksilifor and Off camber trail. You can find some tracks with our rides here: Track from day 1, Track form day 2.

All of them have from 1.2 km to 2 km and lets say around 200m elevation. Ok, they are not to long and not to steep but its not downhill we’re talking abut and its not Enduro either, its FUNDURO :))). Yes the term is borrowed but we like it and its perfect to describe the trails there, and the guys we’ve been riding with there, Nedko, Petar, Constantine, Ivan and Portokal, cheers mates!

Besides the above 4 named trails there are others, we know 2 more but after discussing with Nedko and the guys we realize that you can stay there for a few days and have a great time and discover new trails, but the key is to ride with the locals :)).

We liked it so much that we think tomorrow we’re gonna go back there and shred those trails.

For more information about the trails you can also check out freerider.ro article at this link, or our article from the first visit there witch includes more videos with the trails.

Until next time, ride safe @ Veliko Tarnovo! Enjoy!