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Mountain Biking in the Caucasus

By Linda Tancs

Marking the border between Georgia and Russia, the Caucasus Mountains (the highest mountain range in Europe–sorry, Alps) offer bikers a spellbinding tour among the high and low Caucasus.  The lower Caucasus tower over the capital city Tbilisi, where forest paths meander through quaint villages and greenways.  From the village of Khazbegi in the Greater (high) Caucasus at the foot of Mount Kazbek (one of the highest mountains in Georgia), riders can descend the Dariali Gorge, punctuated by vertical walls of rock marking the border with Russia. From there a journey through the Sno Valley to the granite cliffs of Mount Chauchebi offers more dramatic scenery, churches and historical sites.  When your legs get weary, take advantage of Georgian hospitality.  Guests are, after all, a gift from God according to the locals.

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