Mäntyharju-Repovesi, Finland, mountain biking route (Part 1)
Mäntyharju-Repovesi, Finland, mountain biking route (Part 2)
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Route descriptionMäntyharju-Repovesi (Finland) mountain biking route is a well-maintained and beginner-friendly route that is easily reachable by public transport (e.g. by train) or by car. As the name implies, the route begins in Mäntyharju and ends in the Repovesi National Park. Depending on the end point it is around 33 km until the Repovesi National Park border and up to 48 km all the way to Lapinsalmi.
The route starts at the parking lot of Mäntyharju Sports Park (Urheilutie 1, 52700 Mäntyharju). Here you can leave your car for the duration of the ride (free and unlimited parking). Mäntyharju Sports Park also offers free showers, which you can use after the ride. Mäntyharju can also be reached by train, and the distance from the local train station to the start point of the route is only 900 meters. During this 900 meter transition you will pass Mäntyharju Market Square, ABC petrol station and some other shops, which you can use for some food supply.
Mäntyharju-Repovesi trail is very well-marked in the terrain (blue markings on trees), so you don’t necessarily need to buy any detailed map. However, a free map version (example below) is definitely worth taking. It is available from the local info-point, which is located on the Marketplace of Mäntyharju during the summer. A free map Repovesi National Park is also very useful, as the route markings end in the national park.
Route follows mostly singletracks and forest roads. There are quite a few transferring road sections, but these are mostly roads with no traffic. I personally would wish to have more singletrack riding, which would definitely push the route review points up for me.
In majority this mountain biking route is easy and well suited for beginners. There are only few challenging sections here, as long as you will stay on the mountain biking route (blue markings in the terrain). I also recommend this blue route option in case you have more equipment with you (e.g. tent and sleeping bag) and you are staying overnight. For experienced bikers with no camping equipment, I would recommend riding on the hiking trails as well (orange markings in the terrain). Hiking trails will definitely challenge your fitness and technical skills.
There are only few places with running water/wells along the route, so you should be careful with your water reserves, especially during warm weather. The wells along the route are marked on the map (below). In case you have a water boiler with you, then water will not be a problem for you. There are a lot of lakes in the area, where you can get water for boiling.
There are many well-equipped rest places on the route, usually equipped with a shelter, toilet and a fireplace. The best resting place can be found from Matkoslampi shelter – here, apart of all the mentioned before facilities you can also find a free sauna!
You should keep in mind that mountain biking in the Repovesi National Park is only allowed on the service roads (not trails)! Thus, you should plan your route in the national park beforehand. My GPS-track will take you to Olhava rock and then to Lapinsalmi. Please note, that I have ridden certain sections on the hiking trails (outside the national park). So in case you are a beginner rider, please follow the blue markers.
From Repovesi National Park you can turn back and ride the same route back to Mäntyharju. The total distance will be 66-96 kilometers, depending on the turning point in Repovesi National Park. Alternatively, a taxi can be ordered to the entrance of Saarijärvi or to the Lapinsalmi’s parking area.
More information on Mäntyharu-Repovesi mountain biking route can be found behind this link: www.mantyharju-repovesi.com