Cycling tours are among the most common extreme tourist activities in Georgia. There has been a lot of progress in this area recently.
Due to the diverse landscape, you can arrange cycling tours in all regions. At any time of year (even in the winter, provided there is no snow), a cyclist can travel on a road or trail of varying difficulty. This tiny country has some of the most beautiful mountains, fields, colorful deserts, and deciduous, coniferous, and alpine forests.
It's important to hire a local certified guide regardless of your level of cycling expertise. They are familiar with the area and know all the best places to eat and rest. You need to have the right gear, including knee pads, a helmet, gloves, elbow pads, a first aid kit, water, and spare parts. However, if you don't have the equipment, the guide will provide the necessary equipment and help you select the best type of bike.
If you enjoy downhill or freeriding and want to admire the proud Shkhara, Tetnuldi, and Ushba peaks, beautiful flower fields, and unforgettable views of Mestia, plan a cycling trip to Upper Svaneti to the Koruldi Lakes and ascend to 2,850 meters above sea level. To get to the lakes, you'll need to take an off-road vehicle, and then, depending on your skill level, you can take one of several routes down. No matter which trail you choose, you'll want to stop and take pictures of the breathtaking scenery along the way.
One of the ten most difficult roads in the world is located in Tusheti. Consequently, it should come as no surprise to learn that the Oreti Lake cycling tour is one of the most difficult yet amazing tours and is only recommended for experienced cyclists.
Starting in the picturesque Khiso village, the 12 km bike trail tour heads east along the ridge to Lake Oreti, 2,650 meters above sea level.
Tusheti is spread out with this beautiful combination of fields, forests, and an alpine zone. The possibility of encountering wild animals like deer, goats, bears, and wolves while hiking the Oreti trail adds an extra element of danger and adventure to an already thrilling and memorable journey.
The Nakaicho pass is an even more difficult and lengthy route in Tusheti. Take 4-5 days to overcome the impressive Omalo - Ghele - Makratela - Bochorna - Jvarboseli - Nakaicho - Parsma - Girevi - Dano - Kvavlo - Dartlo -Omalo route.
Only experienced and physically well-prepared cyclists can traverse this route.
The Kojori - Turtle Lake trail is one of the moderate-difficulty cycling trails in Georgia and even novice cyclists can handle the route.
Kojori district route is 7 kilometers long and its trails begin on the Udzo Monastery grounds and end at Tbilisi's Turtle Lake. On average, the route takes about an hour.
On this route, stop to see Kojori Fortress and Udzo Monastery, important historical and cultural monuments of Georgia. Bikes are allowed on public buses that travel to Kojori. There is a cable car up to Turtle Lake, by which you can also transport bikes.
The Borjomi Valley is home to a spectacular landscape perfect for cycling. Mitarbi bike paths, with their unique coniferous nature and adventurous composition, are popular among local and foreign tourists.
The cycling trip sets off from the Borjomi valley, just outside of Bakuriani. After making your way through the gorgeous coniferous forest and spanning the Gujarula river, you'll arrive in the Timote neighborhood and have the opportunity to stop by the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary before continuing to Tsaghveri.
The majority of the 23-kilometer route is unpaved dirt roads, but there is also some asphalt.
The Aragvi valley is among Georgia's most picturesque locations. The Velo journey you take will be one of the most exciting experiences of your life thanks to the mountains, swift rivers, massive Zhinvali reservoir, and Ananuri Castle.
The Pshavi-Aragvi bicycle tour is not challenging and any level of cycling enthusiast can do it.
The Pitareti bike path is set in a beautiful, verdant environment that is sure to put a smile on your face.
The journey begins in Jvari, a village in the Tetritskaro municipality of Kvemo Kartli Region. It continues along the valley of the Khrami river, and concludes at the Khrami bridge. The tour also includes a stop at the Pitareti Monastery, which dates back to the 13th century.
The total distance you'll cover is 21 kilometers, and since it'll be on a rough dirt road, you'll need to be physically well-prepared.
Truso Valley, located in the Kazbegi Municipality, offers a challenging but rewarding cycling experience. It is a space of wonderfully-colored travertines, andesites, and glacial and fluvial layers.
Old villages, fortress towers built of stones, subalpine and alpine fields, and a bottomless mineral lake will make you completely forget about the difficulty of the 25-km dirt road.
Don't leave Georgia without visiting Shatili Fortress-Village, one of the world's most impressive and unique examples of medieval architecture. It's true that the cycling tour of Shatili is challenging and calls for adequate physical fitness, but once you see the breathtaking scenery of Khevsureti and the amazingly constructed fortified houses dotted across the rocky slopes, you'll forget all about the hardships.
Although this is by no means an exhaustive catalog of our country's exotic cycling journeys, it should serve as a suitable introduction. Georgia is a real paradise for cycling adventures.