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Kenny Belaey ripping on the epic Lebanon Mountain Trail

Trialbike/enduro dude Kenny Belaey recently rode the Lebanon Mountain Trail and dedicated his latest video production to the endeavour. This 470 km long hiking trail traverses the length of Lebanon providing a thrilling journey of the Mediterranean country’s storied culture and stunning nature.

While the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT), established in 2007, is described as bike-friendly in some sections, multiple trialbike world champion Kenny Belaey wanted to tackle as much as possible on two wheels. Kenny Belaey: “Lebanon is by far one of my favourite countries I ever visited so to ride LMT as cyclist has been a real honour. Some sections are super technical with slippery rocks, steep climbs and descents, river crossings and yes even I had to carry my bike in a few spots!”


Appreciating the wonder

Riding and at the same time documenting his Lebanese adventure has been a tough challenge for Kenny. Yet the effort he put in made him appreciate the wonders along the way even more. “Sights like the old silk factories, the wildlife, Ottoman bridges, the panoramic and the fresh smells of pine and herbs are simply unforgettable. I think there’s a good chance I will come back at some point to hike the LMT.”

For mountainbikers who want to experience the wonders of the Libanese mountains Belaey suggested that they do their homework. “The riding offers a good variation between (faster) dirt roads, narrow paths and straight up technical stuff. You can select the sections that speak to you the most. In total about 70% of the trail is suited to mountainbikes the rest is so hard that you’d need a trialbike. And some sections would take a high-level rider one hour to cover 3 kilometers. But that hardly matters, there’s more than enough to enjoy on a mountainbike! ”

Kenny Belaey riding alongside Afqa waterfall in Lebanon

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