And I'm sure Ade will read this...
Riviera Bike - a review...
I left out some of the -ve stuff from my visit as part of it was me being a bit out of my deapth riding wise (not similar to the OPs situation as me and my mate were the only ones there), and part was very bad weather (and reactions to it) and part was I suspect teething as it was their 2nd or 3rd year. I want to go back, and I fully intend to, but it is at the expensive end of the bike holiday scale, and to me the fixes seem quite easy. Put it another way I would be going back despite some things, that I could be going back because of.
I also wish Jo a speedy recovery, a great person who I really enjoyed riding with, and would often check to see how we were enjoying the week.
EDIT - I'm pretty sure the riding there is why I know seek out steep rocky tech whenever I can, I love it, If I'm not on my brakes most of the way down with my bum an inch from the back wheel, then its not really interesting to me. There is no doubt riding there changed me and how I ride a bike. <starts looking at the website and at the calendar>
But, sorry like mendip DH? you're on your own there!
I guess you only attempt to ride them in the dry
They wont go out of business, they're too good. When you go, just remember that not everyone is as charming as you, and even the best people have off days.
I also wish Jo a speedy recovery, a great person who I really enjoyed riding with
Not steep LOL...course they are still steep
new one sounds good though.
Hope he does read it(probably already has!), as it can be improved.
Firstly to Jon and Elaine, I'm really sorry the week hadnt panned out as you hoped. The weather lack of open trails for our AM trails due to snow didnt help us one bit, but no excuses we should have done more, I will email you seperately.
As for the kind comments...thanks guys and Jo will be humbled to hear your kind words.....believe me no one misses her more than I do,4 months is a long time apart....but good news is that she will be back in Molini early May.
As for the other comments, I totally agree 100%, Rivierabike has grown from a little operation just for myself and Jo to something bigger that wasnt planned, with staff extra logistics...this has brought other work and problems and stress and we have lost our eye on the most important thing...our guests.
The most important aspect for a guide is not how he/she rides a bike it is how they interact with guests, and I admit I havent been the best at this lately.
All this is being sorted, Rich our current guide is great and we have a new guide starting soon, as well employing someone to do all the boring accounts stuff, this will give us more time with our guests, better organistaion, and a happy me... Rich has also been given permission to slap his boss should I ever be grumpy..
We also have a third backup van and extra drivers should there be a breakdown or ill drivers etc... oh and we have new keys cut for the garage but I will have to attach them to a lead weight so they wont get lost!
If any of you here are booked with us and have concerns please get in touch, we assure you will have a great time..
As for Mark at molinifreeride, we are friends what happened before is water under a bridge.. only the other day we were rebuilding parts of a trail together and we will be drawing out a programme of works to keep all the other trails in check and open new ones. Not only that we happily pass on clients to each other...... Hora, if you want just to jump in the odd day in a group then Mark will be better suited to help as he specialises more in day/weekend groups.
It has been a roller coaster of a ride since starting Rivierabike 7 years ago, and its the best thing that we have ever done, we are not perfect and we have worked too hard to make it what it is to let it go wayward..... so we will strive to be better..
Grazie e Arriverderci
Ady, Jo & Rich
Now that's a good response. I loved my time there, and can't wait to go back.
I'll be going back, September as it goes. T
great response Ady...
must come and ride this new trail...
Cracking news all round there!
Hope to be back soon.
Nasher, it's great that you've got a good thing going on down there.
The OP I think does have a valid opinion on not getting the service that was 'promised' through bad luck if nothing else, so hope he would get a partial refund as a good will gesture?
Many seem to like what you are doing there and are happy customers so I hope it continues to go well.
Good response Ade and good luck!
My mate Damon has offered to come out if you're in need of a new guide, as you know he also specialises in customer entertainment
Though whatever you do don't ask him to fix anyone's bike
Awwww I've got 2 weeks off work between Sept 1st and 17th with no plans. Ady - you're making me twitch just thinking about visiting you again. I might have to sell a kidney.
Is it expensive??
God I love Molini! Got a family holiday booked for Sept in the next valley and hoping to get a few runs in.
I've been with RB and Switchbacks. Both good but Molini is special.
Get well soon Jo.
Oh and Leith Hill on steroids doesn't really cover it. You know that opening scene in Fear and Loathing with the car and the drugs and the pterodactyls ...
Reality check. You're riding a bicycle
you don't know Hora, you weren't there man, you weren't there...
Could've sworn it was a pterodactyl
yes I realise those are the tamer trails
I wanna go ride those though
I went two years consecutively with friends and still rates as the best bike holiday for me. I have promised myself that I will go back at some stage. Both years that I went i had mechanicals. First year my forks went bang, Ady let me borrow some - 160mm on a hardtail!. Second year my hub went pop and no 150mm spares around and so he let me borrow a whole bike for the last two days.
Autumnal scenery and Molini were special. Meeting the chef trail building on the hill and the hotel owner coming in to the bar over the road because dinner was ready was great. Other guests were good when we were there as well which helped.
See you on the 11th may then
I too would go back, amazing time great trails.
Ady, hope Jo is back to full form
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