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Kangchon Challenger

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The Challenger is probably the most popular course in Korea and the biggest XC competition is held there every year. It consists of 3 mountains adding up to 30 miles, including a 6 mile paved road ride. The whole trail is wide with dirt and gravel on the first mountain, steep and rocky but a pretty short second and a long third with hard packed dirt, excellent for fast downhill rides. It's not that hard and even beginners can ride out the whole course. It's more a matter of stamina than technical skills and definitely worth the ride cuz of the fresh air and scenic routes. :)
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Trail Directions
You'll probably have to get there either by car, bus or train. Ask a local MTB rider for directions.. Any rider would know where it is.
Trail Length
30 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Fire Roads
Kangwondo, Chunchon

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Review Date
January 25, 2004

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Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Stiff ,  Downhiller

I did this race back in the day as well as a couple DH races in the area later. The Gancheon challenger isn't worth it, unless you're really really into fireroads -- which doesn't rank in my book. I give it one flaming hunk of kimchi for this reason.

Recommended Route:
None. Explore.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None, but they are there. You just have to explore because no one has documented the Chuncheon area which has some of Korea's most beautiful mountains. In Seoul, visit Namhan Sanseong (Honeybee Trail, perhaps the favorite real singletrack in Korea) or Acha Mtn. East of Chuncheon, try the two-day Baekdu Daegan alpine ridge ride (starts at a town called Winggae).

MTB Korea (my site): www.angelfire.com/ga/achamtb

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