Vista Mountain - MTB
The surrounding nature of Jönköping, Huskvarna and Gränna reveals several MTB tracks used for national, Nordic and European mountainbike championships. This is where Swedish mountainbike history was made. Beautifully located overlooking Lake Landsjön and Vättern, amongst green deciduous forest in Kaxholmen, lies Vista MTB-track.
This is the birthplace of one of the oldest mountainbike races in Sweden, Vista Mountain. The race is still the finale of a yearly national MTB cup. Although it takes place in October, we suggest visiting the track at Vista in the springtime. That´s when the trees and especially the wood anemones bloom, amazingly beautiful. So make sure to come back several times!
The Vista Mountain race was started in October 1990 and thereby became one of the first competitive MTB races in Sweden. Erkki Salmninen and Sven-Olof Johansson are the founders and made it happen by bringing clubs IK Vista and legendary CK Revanche together. Today the race is arranged by Jönköping Cycle Club meanwhile IK Vista runs the maintenance of the trail.
The track is a great experience. Both for new MTB cyclists as well as expert riders will have their share of fun here. The track is frequently described as having a great “flow” with nice back and forth turns, single track and small jumps leading down from the highest point. To get there you will need to climb a few meters but nothing that isn't worth it. The trail builders have kept it old school using the natural trails and without, with one exception, any built obstacles. It is a pretty short lap but with a flow “to-die-for” and definitely worth a visit. And while at it, pay a visit to Smålands “Tuscany”, where they have great coffee, apples and more at Brunstorps Trådgårdscafé (on the way from Huskvarna), or Rudenstams Bär&Frukt where they have locally produced fruit and berries.
To get here by car or bike, drive on the road to the town Skärstad, alongside the main road E4.You will pass the village of Kaxholmen and parking is perfect at Vistavallen (a football field). Just cross the street, go straight up the trail and just turn right when you reach the larger path for running. Another short climb and you have reached the track.
Read more about Vista Mountain and download the route.