December 2011

About

December 6, 2011 - 10:32pm -- admin_2
Georiders began in 2007 when Davit saw the potential of sharing the wonderful Georgian trails that he had been riding for the last few years with people from around the world. Davit met Andy Welch when he was cycling around the world and they decided to create a collective of guides and support the local biking community.

The Adventure Starts Here. We Believe We Can Offer You The Mountain Biking Experience of Your Life

December 6, 2011 - 10:55pm -- admin_2
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A customer meets a local man with a traditional Georgian hat.

Another happy group outside a traditional Georgian home.

Photos

December 6, 2011 - 11:22pm -- admin_2

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Georgia

December 9, 2011 - 8:59am -- admin_2

The Georgian Flag

Ethnic Georgians call themselves Kartvelebi (ქართველები), their land Sakartvelo (საქართველო – meaning "a place for Kartvelians"), and their language Kartuli (ქართული). Georgia is situated in the South Caucasus with an area of 67,900 km2 (26,216 sq mi). It is a very mountainous country. The Likhi Range divides the country into eastern and western halves. Historically, the western portion of Georgia was known as Colchis while the eastern plateau was called Iberia. Mountains also isolate the northern region of Svaneti from the rest of Georgia.

Mountain Regions

The highest mountain in Georgia is Mount Shkhara at 5,068 meters (16,627 ft), and the second highest is Mount Janga (Dzhangi-Tau) at 5,059 m (16,598 ft) above sea level. Other prominent peaks include Mount Kazbek) at 5,047 m (16,558 ft), Shota Rustaveli (4,860 m (15,945 ft)), Tetnuldi (4,858 m (15,938 ft)), Mt. Ushba (4,700 m (15,420 ft)), and Ailama (4,547 m (14,918 ft)). The landscape within the nation's boundaries is quite varied. Western Georgia's landscape ranges from low-land marsh-forests, swamps, and temperate rainforests to eternal snows and glaciers, while the eastern part of the country even contains a small segment of semi-arid plains. Forests cover around 40% of Georgia's territory while the alpine/subalpine zone accounts for roughly around 10% of the land. Western Georgia's forests consist mainly of deciduous trees below 600 meters (1,969 ft) above sea level and comprise of species such as oak, hornbeam, beech, elm, ash, and chestnut. Evergreen species such as box may also be found in many areas. Ca. 1000 of all 4000 higher plants of Georgia are endemic in this country. The climate of Georgia is extremely diverse, considering the nation's small size. There are two main climatic zones, roughly separating Eastern and Western parts of the country. The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range plays an important role in moderating Georgia's climate and protects the nation from the penetration of colder air masses from the north. The Lesser Caucasus Mountains partially protect the region from the influence of dry and hot air masses from the south as well.

Old Tbilisi

Since early 21st century visible positive developments have been observed in the economy of Georgia. In 2007 Georgia's real GDP growth rate reached 12%, making Georgia one of the fastest growing economies in Eastern Europe. (Wikipedia)

Georgian Food

December 9, 2011 - 9:31am -- admin_2

Team

December 10, 2011 - 12:48pm -- admin_2

at a recent cross country race

  The guides at Georiders are central to the mountain biking community and often help to organise local races. In the period since Georiders began, there have been the first cross country and downhill mountain bike races in the country.