When I asked him about the trail below, my mountain bike guide and new riding partner in Cuzco, Juan Carlos, told me, “Hay perros ahí abajo, no les pongas atención y pegales duro si molestan!”(You’ll run into some dogs down there, but just try to ignore them and kick them hard if they follow you!) I told him to go first and I’d follow. When we pedaled on double-track past a small community, the dogs came out in force, barking at our heels. We rode past them and on to a North-Shore-style steep single-track downhill. We cruised past some jumps, over some ruins, and then out to the road.
Since 2006 (when the Red Bull Empire Rider urban downhill race visited downtown Cuzco and riders like Kyle Strait attracted record attendance), the mountain biking community has grown exponentially in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. The three rides below offer an introduction to the opportunities in the area.