Review by: Rileigh84 on 4 July 2017
A quality set of trails to test your ability and challenge your nerve
I added this into my trip to Sofia as it's only around 35 miles away (still over an hours drive however) - facilities are great as Borovets is a ski resort during the winter, so there are plenty of places to eat, drink and stay. I went in July and they were doing a lot of work to the roads in the resort, it didn't effect my trip but it was clear mountain biking takes a back seat to Skiing in the resort.
Nikolai who runs the bike rental store was extremely helpful and even guided me down one of the DH trails that was far beyond my ability level, he was evidently extremely passionate about what he does.
You pay around £10 for a day lift pass up to 1700m (about 500m above the base level), there are 3 runs clearly marked from this point, 2 black runs, Rocky and Scary Movie, and one Red - Need for speed. Due to my ability level I tackled Need for Speed and was guided down Scary Movie, but did not do Rocky. There are also 2 blue runs, Harry Potter and Machete, I was able to find Machete but Harry Potter was a little more difficult to find.
The Mountain Bike park hasn't been running as an official thing for long and they have big plans so I expect it to get better.
Anyway, Need for speed is a fast flowing rocket of a trail with fast burms and unfortunately for me, my nemesis, tree roots. They had experienced a serious amount of rain the day before I went, and although the track didn't collect any real puddles, the moisture in the ground meant for a very slippy ride, I didn't find myself getting into any real flow due to this, but I could tell that it was very well designed and would be phenomenal in better conditions.
Scary Movie on the other hand was well beyond my ability level with 10 foot jumps, 5 foot plus drops and extremely steep descents. I managed to get down it using the chicken routes to bypass some of it but I can't say I was comfortable on the rental bike.
Also worth noting that in Europe the brakes are switched round - which also made it very difficult to get used to.
That said - I highly recommend this to intermediate riders looking to advance their riding but it was clear to me this is a bike park that the expert riders would love.