Mountain biking in DenmarkSurely not? Yes it's possible, and it's good fun too! The resourceful Danes have created trails in virtually every forest so locals and tourists alike can enjoy excellent mountain biking conditions. Our route leads us to Blåvand, one of the most popular and oldest tourist resorts on the Danish mainland peninsula of Jutland.
The Skallingen peninsula is just next door and forms part of the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site. The twelve kilometres of white sandy beach that you can find today did not exist around 400 years ago. A superstorm in 1634 created the beach and at the same time swallowed up a legendary city: Sønderside. The harbour town became known as far away as Amsterdam as a place where you would meet smugglers, merchants, thieves and prostitutes. "We definitely wanted to find this legendary pirate hideout!" says Mitch Rotermund from German mountain biking magazine "pedaliéro". "There is nothing left of Sønderside and there is very little information about exactly where it is. However, the precise maps on our Casio WSD-F30 show every tiny route through the maze of dunes so we were confident that we would be able to find the place where Sønderside once stood.
We crossed this fascinating, unique dune landscape on our mountain bikes, eventually locating Sønderside on the highest dune just outside the village of Ho. We could see the snow-white beach of the Skallingen peninsula in the distance, and just in front of us was this place full of magic and legends. It was a great experience!"
Denmark — A declaration of love
"There are many reasons why I love Denmark so much", says Mitch Rotermund, publisher of German mountain biking magazine "pedaliéro". "The country is so close to Germany but it feels very different. I love the Danes' relaxed way of life, the versatile, unique landscape, the wealth of opportunities that you find there — I get that holiday feeling as soon as I cross the border." The team behind the magazine knows the trails around Blåvand inside out and often uses these trails for its bike tests.
The pedaliéro mountain biking magazine can be found online at www.pedaliero.de.