To me Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai has always been synonymous with downhill mountain-biking, and nothing else. Of course, every time I was on the truck that shuttled me and my bike up to the trailhead high on the mountain, I saw many cyclists spinning their way up to the top. I wished I could do that too but I knew full well I would drop dead even before I finished the first kilometre. However, on my recent visit to the northern city, my view was changed.
Nope, I didn't ride up Doi Suthep. Long climbs will never be my kind of fun. But I found a cross-country trail which made that trip to Chiang Mai fulfilling, even though I didn't get to do even a single DH run.
It was a perfect XC trail for me _ technical, shaded and not too long. As a matter of fact, it was so much fun I could spend the whole day riding it repeatedly.