Whether for sports or simply for leisure, Campos do Jordão is an increasingly popular destination for cyclists from all over the world.
The pleasant climate-and the varied relief of the mountains-make many people climb the mountain, taking along with their luggage their precious bike.
Those who like to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains, find in the city many places to feel close to nature and still photograph images of rare beauty.
The effort required in the many climbs between the mountains of Campos are rewarded by magnificent landscapes, which are worthwhile and recharge the energies.
As cycling has been an activity increasingly sought after by those who want to keep their shape, and still contribute less to the emission of gases emitted by cars, Net Campos went to talk with Márcio Prado, entrepreneur of the city that operates in the field of adventure sports.
In addition to stimulating the practice of cycling, Márcio has traveled to cities in the United States and Canada, where he got to know places created specifically for cycling, where he sought inspiration for new ideas and projects.
Who climbs the mountain for a leisurely ride, often ends up riding only on the bike path, which crosses a good part of the city and does not have ascents or descents.
For the businessman, the most daring people-who want to walk a little more – find in the city stretches that are formed by valleys and are also highly recommended.
Among them is the path of Horto Florestal, which is easily accessible and has good identification.
Walking along a paved and pleasant road of approximately 12 km (starting from the touristic center), the path of Horto Florestal counts on gentle ascents and descents, that pass by the margin of Sapucaí River.
Someone already experienced with the bike takes around 35 to 45 minutes to arrive. More beginner cyclists can take up to an hour.
Surrounded by the look of the araucarias, there are still two cafés, where the cyclist can stop to rest, or eat something to recharge the energy.
Arriving in the Horto Florestal it is possible to enjoy the space and rest a little more for the return.
Now those who are still not satisfied and want to walk a little more, inside the park there are still two options:
One of them is Caminho da Cachoeira, a trail of 5 km, round trip, very pleasant and easy access. The tour lasts around an hour.
The other option is Redwood Path. The ride is about 12 km with gentle climbs and descents and quite wooded.
Another option to enjoy the bike rides inside the Horto is to drive to the park, taking the bike in the trunk. Whoever is without the bike can rent it there.
For those who pedal sports or want to practice mountain biking as an amateur, the mountain region is full of options for a more intense pedaling.
“Campos is a very interesting place to practice mountain biking, but a little demanding for the physical issue, our valleys are very narrow in general, where there is practically no plan to pedal, or we are going up or down.” Márcio says.
According to the businessman to do the mountain bike in Campos do Jordão, the person has to be “a little more than beginner” to face some of the tracks.
The most famous route is the trail of the 3 woods which is short and close to the city. With very easy parts and with some stretches that require more attention and skill, the trail is about 3.5 km, or 4 km, not counting access to it.
Among other famous trails in Campos are still the trail of Casa Redonda and the Gavião trail. There are also dirt road routes such as the Volta das Lavrinhas in the region of São José dos Alpes and the Lap of the Vila Maria Dam.
With a very varied circuit, but without signaling, the routes can vary from 10 to 80 km of pedaling. But to be traveled it is important to be with someone who already knows the ways well.
According to Márcio to make these trails longer you should be with a guide, who is fit and knows well the entrances and exits of the trails, be it a friend or a professional hired.
Tips for who wants to start
For Márcio the tip for anyone who wants to start cycling comes before even buying the bike.
According to him it is important to have professional guidance from the seller, which helps the person to acquire the bike of the ideal size and still the bike to find the correct model of the bike for the practice that will be used.
When it comes to pedaling, an important tip is regarding feeding and hydration. For it is common to see people not preparing properly and getting tired easily. Márcio informs that a correct diet influences a lot in the income, so it is important to seek guidance with friends and with a nutritionist to start the activity.
When it comes to cycling it is also important to persevere,”he says. For a climb that seems difficult today will be easier to overcome with practice.
“With a good bike, a good diet and with constant practice, you get a good result until very fast.” Complete the entrepreneur.
Márcio Prado is owner of the company Zoom Aventura, which operates within Horto Florestal in Campos do Jordão with arvorismo, tirolesa, and with imported high-level bicycle rentals.
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