Mountain biking is certainly one of the most exciting and intense ways to discover the incredible island of Reunion. Mountain biking here is generally not for the faint-of-heart, as trails are often steep and volcanic terrain rough and sometimes unpredictable.
There are, however, a number of trails that are appropriate for novice or intermediate riders. Le Maido is the island's most renowned spot for downhill biking, and during peak tourist season, the area is teeming with mountain bikers from far and wide. La Maido boasts more than 100 kilometers of marked trails, some quite difficult and others manageable for those with a minimal amount of experience. Short tracks take as little as 40 minutes to descend while other rides may last up to 2 hours.
If you prefer, you can employ the services of a guide for your mountain biking excursion or join a group of mountain bikers of a similar skill level. Guides ensure your safety, whether you're biking down the Piton des Nieges or taking a simpler and less steep track. Bike rental shops are also plentiful and offer the latest in mountain bikes and equipment.