TRIADA and the Trilogy of the Trails

Adventure Awaits
in Transylvania

Trilogy of the Trails – Triada MTB, Transylvania

Ride into the forests of Europe’s last great wilderness

by Robert Thorpe & Tudor Oprea

It’s March already and the cycling season has already begun – on tarmac and trail. Riders are heading into garages and sheds all over Europe, oiling up their drivetrains and starting to think of those great trail adventures once more. With gravel riding still on the rise, there’s one more bike to add to the collection – isn’t there always – and even more excuses to travel in search of the ultimate adventure. However, look no further, because we think that we’ve found it – deep in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania – Transylvania to be process, and close to the beautiful, historic city of Sibiu, a World Heritage Site and one of thee most beautiful small cities in Europe.

Yes, Europe’s last great wilderness awaits you as Tudor Oprea and the team at TRIADA MTB develop their epic off-road event and take it to new levels. With riders all over our global cycling community, looking for the next great trail – Tudor has a wealth of them for you explore.

Ride magical forests in transfixing Transylvania

‘The Trilogy of the Trails’ is the all-new concept from this inspiring rider from Romania, a former Olympian. It takes in 3 different venues, over 3 different weekends throughout the year, and includes 3 different bike types: E-MTB, MTB XC and Gravel Bike. With races starting at Avrig, near Sibiu in April, the second event is at Romania’s oldest mountain resort, Paltinis in June, and coincides with the internally renowned Sibiu FITS Arts Festival, one of the best in the world and which is second only to Edinburgh.   With so much happening, and an international airport only 15 minutes from the medieval city centre – much of which is car free – Sibiu and the ‘Trilogy of the Trails’ is definitely the place to be in summer 2024! The 3rd and final epic weekend is in mid-September, again at Paltinis.

There are categories all the way from the very youngest of riders – small kids, all the way through to Elite men and women, with everyone else fitted in too. Yes, everyone can come and find their own adventure , and choose which bike to ride: gravel bike, mountain bike or e-mountain bike. Tudor and the team have been planning this for a long time, and the Trilogy of the Trails is designed to be inclusive for everyone, to help to promote and to develop cycling and adventure in harmony with the mountains in this exceptional place.

Paltinis and these epic forested mountains have been favourites of ours for  many years, being home to our friend and colleague Larisa Chinces, who raced here herself for years. You can literally ride for hours on isolated tracks, with some of the most spectacular alpine views in Europe. Paltinis as we say, will also be the host for the 3rd and final weekend of the Trilogy, in September, when the air is still warm, but with a cooling breeze, and the city squares of  Piata Mica and Piata Mare are waiting for you to relax post-ride. The nearby airport has direct flights from London and elsewhere across Europe, and hotels like our favourite – the Art Hotel on Strada Centumvirilor – are ready and waiting to share their warm Romanian  hospitality with you.

Take adventure to the next level – at the Trilogy of the Trails

With so many options for adventure cycling these days, it’s refreshing to see an event that is designed to bring all riders together. Not only that, but the Trilogy of the Trails is based upon Tudor’s tried and tested TRIADA race series, which has encouraged and supported riders of all ages and all levels for many years, promoting mountain biking in Romania. Our own Larisa Chinces has raced these events, won several medals, and developed her love for mountain bike in these hills and mountains.

Whether you ride an E-Mountain Bike, a pure cross country race machine, like Tudor in his Olympic and World Cup racing days, or you’re one of the new breeds of gravel bike adventure seekers, then the Trilogy of the Trails has something for you. Add to this, the history, culture and people of this beautiful and easily accessible area, and it has to be time to join us for 2024, riding the next big thing in global adventure cycling –the Trilogy of the Trails, in transfixing Transylvania. See you there!

Race one of the 3 Trilogy events – with TRIADA & Pedalnorth

In a first for us here at Pedalnorth, we’re teaming up with Tudor and the people at TRIADA, to help you to find your own adventure in Transylvania. After all, it’s a unique place, with epic riding and world-leading culture – and wonderful people, like our own Larisa Chinces, and the inspiring Tudor Oprea.

Contact us here via email and we’ll help you to plan your Transylvania trip to the Trilogy, putting you in touch with the the best local guides, the best hotel deals and the best guides, to make the most of your trip.

The ‘Trilogy of the Trails’ will undoubtably, fast become one the best and most popular off-road adventure race festivals in Europe; so why not take on the challenge of the Carpathian Mountains now and ride into Europe’s most spectacular and beautiful wilderness Transylvania – Tudor and the team at TRIADA are waiting!

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