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When thinking of cities like Boston, Hong Kong and Bristol, epic mountain bike trails probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind - but it should be.

Each of these cities are ideal mountain biking destinations offering riders the rare opportunity to mix beautiful architecture and great nightlife with the thrill of single track adventures, all in the same holiday.

The only difficulty for mountain bikers is deciding which of these awesome cities to visit first.

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Arguably the best mountain biking destination in South Africa, Cape Town gives riders a great mix of remote dirt roads, technical riding, forest terrain and twisting single tracks.

Take a gentle ride through Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Constantia Winelands; hurtle through Tokai Forest and traverse Table Mountain for unbeatable panoramas over the city below.

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For the best coastal and mountain forest cycling, Vancouver boasts an array of brilliant trails providing bikers with hundreds of kilometres of crowd-free single tracks, technical rides and thousands of feet of exhilarating downhills.

Whistler Mountain Bike Park offers riders uninterrupted views over stunning Vancouver scenery whilst racing down any of the trails on offer, from peaceful greens to mind-blowing double black runs.

The Sunshine Coast offers perfect year round mountain biking conditions through mountain forests famous for their smooth natural flow trails and fabulous views.

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With several killer mountain bike trails beginning and ending right in the city centre, Dunedin has some of the best runs in New Zealand.

For a real thrill follow the Signal Hill trail down single tracks and 4WD roads and over rooty and rocky sections - there's even some switchbacks, road gaps and jumps thrown in for fun too.

Wakari Creek offers purpose built all-weather trails more suited to beginner and intermediate riders and those looking for a slightly less daring ride.

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Dundee, is the fourth largest city in Scotland and boasts both sandy beaches and lush countryside. The Templeton Tangle Mountain Bike Skills Trail is a great starting point for those looking to get to grips with the off-road cycling opportunities available around the city.

With both blue and red runs available, bikers will have to manipulate a series of steps and drops, challenging climbs, tight corners and rock and root obstacles. If it's a picturesque panorama over Dundee and the Tay that takes your fancy, follow The Law Loop.

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Due to Hong Kong's diverse topography, this city is any mountain biker's idea of paradise. Rocky descents and endless snaking single tracks make up huge parts of most of the trails on offer.

One of the most popular rides in the country is the Chi Ma Wan trail on the south side of Lantau Island. It's got a killer climb at the start but you're soon rewarded with coastal views and shaded woods as you tackle the technical features that make mountain biking addictive. Maps for a collection of trails through the country parks are available here.

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Surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains, Calgary has plenty of mountain biking trails to keep you coming back for more. Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance provides a series of trail maps to get you started and the eagerly anticipated Fish Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park will be opening this summer.

For beginners and intermediate riders the Nose Hill Park trails are brilliant. Full of smooth, rolling single track with few technical features, an 8.5 mile looping route of the park is just one of the endless number of fantastic rides available.

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Few places on earth provide mountain bikers with the same magical sights that Reykjavik does. Following the 1000 Rivers Road you will pass geothermal springs and power holes, witness stifling lava flows and steaming craters as you head towards the Reykjadalur (Steam Valley) where you will be able to relax in an untouched natural hot spring.

If that's not enough natural wonder for you, cycle through the Skaftafell National Park or out to the Blue Lagoon to bathe in its allegedly healing waters.

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With a huge range of trail riding and downhill options on its doorstep, Boston is the ideal destination for those looking to hit the mountain biking trails by day and discover American city culture by night.

The Blue Hills trail offers four miles of elevated biking whilst the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest trail provides eleven miles of steep climbs and sudden drops. For a technical cross country and down hill trail head to Catamount Ski Area - there's even a purposefully designed log ride to get to grips with.

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It's not just the lure of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge that are drawing visitors to Sydney anymore, the challenging mountain bike trails are getting the crowds over too.

Follow the Camden River Run along the ten miles of single track down the Nepean River full of rooty patches and log crossings, or head out into Garigal National Park and the Blue Mountains for difficult climbs and thrilling downhills.

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Close to the cultural city centre of Bristol there are a series of brilliant purpose built mountain trails all easily reached by bike. The 50 Acre Wood trails is made up of rocky and rooty sections, tough climbs, logs, optional drop-offs and finishes with a rocky descent.

The city's two mountain bike centres, Ashton Court and Leigh Woods, both have short blue and red runs with some technical features ideal for training on. If you're looking to discover a lesser known off-road trail, Bristol Mountain Bike Club organise regular long-distance social rides along varying routes that could be perfect for you.

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