bike holidays ??
Top priority is the riding and the terrain for me – I want a week of riding stuff that’s totally unforgettable. The kind of trails I think about months after the trip has ended – or basically until I return the year after. Then hosts, guides, grub, weather and accommodation. One company scores on all these http://www.bikeverbier.com If I didn’t already know about them and was wondering where to go, I’d be listening to my mates, looking at mag features in Singletrack, Dirt, MBR etc and checking feedback on here. They’d all point me to BV anyway.Posted 6 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Location, in terms of the riding and access to it and guiding around it, is the number 1 factor for me. Next is the accommodation, biking holidays are hard work so a comfortable chalet/apartment is important also a place to work on the bike.
For anyone going to Les Gets I’d recommend Ski Blue Ridge, chalet just outside town (and an easy downhill ride to Morzine), welcoming hosts.Posted 6 years ago
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Top priority is the riding and the terrain for me – I want a week of riding stuff that’s totally unforgettable. The kind of trails I think about months after the trip has ended – or basically until I return the year after. Then hosts, guides, grub, weather and accommodation.
+1, if the terrain doesn’t test your fitness/skill level you’ll be left wondering why you went. Find out about the area first, then if anything else isn’t up to your expectations at least the riding will have been good.Posted 6 years ago
I just got back from biking in Morocco yesterday and can definitely say it was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had, biking or not. The accommodation was pretty basic but when you’re crossing mountains and staying in gites you can’t expect anything else. If you’re used to five star hotels don’t go, for me though the gites and the hammams that went with them added to experience (interesting/funny in equal measure!).
barn – I went with Freeride Morocco. I already knew the guide/owner from a previous trip to Spain. We started in Imlil and biked to different accommodation each day. The van carrying our spares/luggage would meet us halfway on each ride and the driver/cook would make us some lunch 8) . I’ll definitely be going back, especially if I could take a different route…it wouldn’t matter if I couldn’t though. We finished the trip with a couple of days in Marrakech, this was a bit of an eye opener as I’d never been to an Arab country before!
P.S. Anyone thinking of going to Morocco should take plenty of toothpaste and mouthwash…the mint tea is very slurpable but has enough sugar in to turn your teeth into decaying stumps fairly quickly!!! 😯Posted 6 years agoDownhilleMember
Has anybody been mtb’ing in Catalunya? I’m looking to plan a week’s biking while staying in Barcelona. Might also be heading up to the Pyrenees just south of the French border for a couple of days…this area never seems to get much coverage though, it all seems to be in the south, in Sierra Nevada… cheers for any tips!Posted 6 years ago
Unless you’ve got no one else to ride with I would have thought you could do any trips in Britain self-guided? Especially if you’ve got a GPS, there’s loads of routes posted on the internet and you should be able to find accommodation to suit any budget.Posted 6 years ago
Unless you’re only looking at a weekend away a lot of UK trips are as expensive as foreign ones…at least you would have the chance of better weather if you go abroad.themightymowgliSubscriber
Always on a shoestring we do and anual trip to Scotland. 3 blokes, a van, an army bell tent, a woodburner stove, bikes, kit and a lot of whisky. We shower when we can (be bothered) and go where the weather is best. I don’t think I’d consider guides or such like when in the UKPosted 6 years ago
I wouldn’t use a guide in the UK because I know where the best places are for natural riding and trail centres are waymarked. When going to places I haven’t been before I still have the routes on my GPS, this way I don’t waste anytime navigating.Posted 6 years ago
On trips I’ve had to Spain it was good to be guided so they could tailor the riding to match fitness and technical ability. Morocco was riding across mountains from A to B for five days, this isn’t something I would have wanted to do or plan by myself.
By the sound of things you may benefit from a guide wherever you go. Find a recommended trip by folk on here and go for it! You ask how do you know where the best places are…read up on it, you’re on the internet. 🙄bowglieSubscriber
I’ve found what I look for in a biking/climbing holiday has changed as I’ve got older and the disposable income has increased a bit. The holidays used to completely revolve around the biking or climbing, with guiding, accommodation and ‘off the hill’ attractions/activities very much in the back seat. We’ve done both self-guided and guided holidays and have had some really good and some not so good holidays – some of the worst guided holidays we’ve had are where the guide ignores the clients preferences and drags everyone around on a ‘death march’ ride that he wants to do. If we are going to a place with guided rides, we now tend to look more at the accommodation options, quality/experience of guides and, particularly if we’re in a mixed ability group, the variety of riding available – also, what else is in there in the area if we want a couple of days off riding.Posted 6 years ago
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