DESTINATION TRAIL: RUSSIA

Welcome to the second season of Destination Trail. This year, we'll continue to follow riders as they travel the globe, hunting for its greatest trails. Some of what we'll find might be renowned, some undiscovered, but that's the point. After all, when expectations and attitudes are stripped away, only the essence of mountain biking remains. This where adventure continues to thrive, and it's here that memories are made.

DESTINATION #10

SOCHI, RUSSIA

In this episode of Destination Trail, we follow Nicholi Rogatkin and Martin Söderström to the wilds of Sochi, Russia. Along with and a pair of Fuse Carbons, the duo explore the Gorki Bike Park (pun maybe intended), shake off some trail cobwebs, and hit the saunas like a couple of pros.

THE RIDERS

MARTIN SÖDERSTRÖM & NICHOLI ROGATKIN

THE TRAILS

GORKI BIKE PARK

More than just a clever play on words for those well-versed in '80s hair metal, the Gorki Bike Park is Russia's first dedicated mountain bike park. It's based on the slopes of the Karusel Ski Resort in Sochi, which you won't remember well from the Winter Games of 2014, because the Olympiad took place at two other nearby resorts—Gazprom and Rosa Khutor. But if you want to be precise about it, you'll find that the park is technically in the Caucasian National Park (Russia's second-oldest national park) on "Black Pyramid" mountain of Krasnaya Polyana. This particular mountain reaches a height of around 2375 meters (7791 feet), with a minimum elevation of 960 metres (3149 feet).

THE GEAR

TRAIL ESSENTIALS