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Although many are under the impression that mountain biking in Malta and Gozo (http://www.visitgozo.com) might not be that safe, there are several stunning,
off-the -beaten track locations outside the major tourist resorts namely in the West and North West of Malta and Gozo.
Locals are generally quite helpful and friendly and if one follows the necessary cycling safety procedures mountain biking in Malta & Gozo
could be a unique way of exploring the hidden charms of the Maltese islands.
Bradt guidebook 2010 on Malta & Gozo by Juliet Rix www.bradtguides.com recommends www.maltabookers.com which rent out quality, aluminium frame mountain bikes and can also organise customised, guided mountain bike tours around the most scenic locations in the islands. In Gozo, www.on2wheelsgozo.com/ also rent out mountain bikes. Also recommended is http://www.maltabybike.com
The sports cycling body in Malta is the Malta Cyling Federation (http://www.letsgocycling.org) which organises the annual 4-day Tour Ta' Malta usually in March.
A basic, small guide book - Cycling Malta & Gozo @6euro http://www.cyclemaltandgozo.com/ is also available in leading news agents and bookshops in Malta.
However, if you wish to cycle in Malta, but want to avoid the hassle of getting lost, book a Bike Adventure with Malta By Bike - www.maltabybike.com These Bike Adventures include transport from and to any destination of your choice in Malta and run 7 days a week. They are ideal for singles, couples or groups, and because they are low-cost, you know you will not have to spend much to discover some of the best sights in Malta!