6 of the best ‘alternative’ uplifts

Unless you’re lucky enough to live near a chairlift, a day of downhilling normally involves being huddled into an uplift van or pickup truck with your bike rattling along behind you. Well, that’s not the only way! Check out six of the best ‘alternative’ uplifts…

Scooter and bike rack combo

Ryan Howard doesn’t let his paper round slow him down when he wants to get to the trails. With his scooter-mounted bike rack he’s ready to hit the woods as soon as his work’s done. From paper boy to trail shredder in double-quick time – see the action here.

Surely this has to be the ultimate paper round machine?!

Surely this has to be the ultimate paper round machine?!

Heli-drop

This is probably the most expensive and extravagant way to get to the top of the mountain – by helicopter, with your bikes dangling below. Definitely not for those with flying phobias. This ‘copter operates around the Whistler area – check out the stunning views and go on a virtual heli-drop ride here.

Here's hoping those bikes are fastened on securely

Here's hoping those bikes are fastened on securely

Hike-a-bike

So you can’t afford a helicopter, there are no roads to the top and the only access is a rocky mountain track. There’s only one option left – leg power and sheer determination. Hiking your bike to the top of a mountain pass is hard work, but the views at the top and the descent to the bottom make it worth every second – especially if you’re tackling something as notorious as the Sea of Rock.

Leg power - the most natural and knackering way to get to the top

Leg power - the most natural and knackering way to get to the top

Horse and trap

Forget romantic rides around Central Park – horses and traps are where it’s at when it comes to eco-friendly uplifts! Enjoy the tranquil trotting of hooves as you trundle to the top. Warning: not the best choice for those who want to fit a lot of runs in! Get your horse fix here.

Finally, a decent use for these four-legged befoulers of bridleways!

Finally, a decent use for these four-legged befoulers of bridleways!

Back-rack

Motorbike too small for a bike rack? No problem – just strap the rack to your back! Nico Quere mini-motos his way to the trail with his trusty back-rack holding his bike. Just one problem: when your bike is bigger than your motor, things aren’t as easy as they first seem… See the back-rack magic here.

Back-rack - a stupid or ingenious way up the mountain? You decide!

Back-rack - a stupid or ingenious way up the mountain? You decide!

Three-wheeler

Did Federico Valenzisi mug a milkman to get this three-wheeled wonder? It’s certainly not one for the fashion conscious, though the addition of a Monster sticker sure boosts its street cred! See it in all its glory here.

Monster-pimped three-wheeler - not for those wanting to maintain decent levels of street cred!

Monster-pimped three-wheeler - not for those wanting to maintain decent levels of street cred!

If you could only pick one, which of these alternative uplift methods would you use? Leave your answer in the comments below!