Well me for one.

 

Photo: garycolet

And after having a shocker of 3 months without any decent trail riding to speak of, I needed to find some inspiration in the form of a mountain bike travel experience.

 

While the trip to France, British Columbia or Peru is a little way off in terms of planning and reality, a quick trip to New Zealand is a very viable option and has certainly sparked a strong desire to get on the bike again and ride some of the local trails that have been neglected for far too long.

 

Spring has made a glorious entrance here in Melbourne and with extra time on my hands has made for a time to re-ignite the passion, get fit and start riding.

 

After watching some of the mtb videos I posted previously in the inspiring video series and in desperate need of some inspiration myself, I wanted to present you with a list a mountain biking holiday companies from around the world that are all for the trail rider, combing skillful, knowledgeable guides (or access to), spectacular trails & scenery and the perfect mix of quality food,  exotic locations and après-bike activities.

 

So check out the 49 mountain bike travel companies below, email, call or whatever you need to do to realize your own mountain bike travel adventure.

 

Mountain Bike Travel Companies

 

The list below is not exhaustive, but gives you insight into some of the leading mountain bike holiday operators, delivering a sought after mountain bike experience.

 

Worldwide – Mountain Bike Travel

 

1. Big Mountain Adventures

These guys have it all – trips in Canada, Switzerland, Peru, Costa Rica, Morocco, NZ to name a few. Plenty of XC/AM focused trips in spectacular settings.

 

 

2. Sacred Rides

Voted No. 1 ‘mountain bike tour company on earth’ by National Geographic Adventure magazine, Sacred Rides deliver on big destinations, including the famed Olleros trail, a 3 hour downhill ride and recently featured in Bike magazine as one of the worlds greatest trails!

 

3. Saddle Skedaddle

Saddle Skeddadle have a vast array of global MTB destinations to chose from including Turkey, China, Nepal, Mongolia in addition to the classic holidays in France, Italy and Spain.

 

4. Cycle Active

A UK based MTB travel, guiding and skills company with  highly qualified  and experienced guides. MTB destinations include, UK, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Vietnam, NZ and Morocco to name a few.

 

5. Singletrack Safari

Rides and tours in France, Switzerland, Andorra, Spain and extensive options in Scotland North Wales, South Wales and the UK.

 

USA – Mountain Bike Travel

 

6. Western Spirit

One of the originators of guided mountain bike companies in the US, Western Spirit have a comprehensive selection of guided trips throughout many states in the US. All the classic mountain bike destinations can be found including Fruita, Moab, Umpqua and Sun Valley.

 

7. Rim Tours

Moab specialists who have been guiding there since 1986.

 

8. Bike Backcountry

Guided trips throughout Maine, for those in need of some East coast love.

 

9. Cog Wild

Oregon MTB tour specialists features tours on the IMBA epic Umpqua trail as well as Bend, Hood River and Fremont.

 

Canada – Mountain Bike Travel

 

10. Ticket 2 Ride BC 

British Columbia MTB specialists with guided tours to all kick ass locations including Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton and for that true adventure experience, they also offer tours with float plane and heli drop access.

 

11. Bear Back Biking

Whistler specialists with a focus on UK visitors offers MTB holiday –  Euro chalet style.

 

Germany / Italy / Switzerland / Austria – Mountain Bike Travel

 

12. Bike Hotels

The South Tyrol region which also borders that of Italy have some impressive singletrack options with a European alpine flavour.

 

13. Alps Bike Tours

Multi- day tours in the spirit of the famed trans alps takes in the best that European alps of Southern Germany and Northern Italy have to offer.

 

14. Riviera Bike

Italian MTB holiday specialists offering MTB holidays on the Liguria region of  Italy – suited specifically for the XC/AM rider with gravity assisted singletrack.

 

15. All Mountain Experience

Run by two Irish expats offering Italian singletrack packages, including the impressive trails around Lake Garda, Italy.

 

16. OTP

MTB holiday specialists in the Swiss alps with week long packages, based in Zermatt.

 

17. Bike Verbier

As the name suggests these guys are all about MTB tours in Verbier – epic alpine riding on offer.

 

18. Up and Downhill

MTB trail riding – alpine style in Tirol, Austria.

 

France – Mountain Bike Travel

 

Morzine has long been a MTB holiday favourite  with the Portes Du Soleil trail network and a number of UK operators setting up successful guided mountain bike companies. Bourg St Maurcie and Southern France are also increasing in popularity as MTB ride destinations.

 

19. Flow MTB

French specialists with the popular Mega Avalanche weekend, women only holiday packages and experts in the Portes Du Soleil

 

20. Ride Morzine

A company who gets the trail riding experience on the expansive Morzine trails. Nice clean site design too!

 

21. Riders Retreat

Self catered chalet holidays for riders in Morzine.

 

22. Trail Addiction

MTB holidays in Les Arcs, near Bourg St Maurice.

 

23. Bike Village

Guided trips and holidays in Les Arcs, La Plagne and Sainte Foy, near Bourg St Maurice, France.

 

24. 10Fifty 

Trail riding in Chamonix, staying in one of the worlds great alpine villages.

 

25. Provence Mountain Biking

Provence is home the the Trans-Provence one of the worlds leading enduro format stage races.

 

26. A Quick Release

A Quick Release offer guided mtb riding packages in the Pyrenees (Luchon, France) and Portugal.

 

 

Spain / Canary Islands – Mountain Bike Travel

 

27. Joy Riders

Riding in Southern Spain in the Sierra Nevada – plenty of sun, singletrack and Spanish food!

 

28. Ciclo Montana

Ripping it up since 1992, Ciclo Montana is one of the originals serving mountain bikers in southern Spain.

 

29. Ride Sierra Nevada

Offers both week long and long weekend/short break options in Spain’s Sierra Nevada.

 

30. Switch-Backs

Lift assisted XC/AM riding boasting 3-5 hours of singletrack descents, including a 60Km singletrack descent – located in Bubion, Sierra Nevada

 

31. All Mountain Venture

XC/AM riding near Malaga and Cadiz in southern Spain.

 

32. Lava Trax

XC/AM riding in Tenerife on the Canary Islands

 

33. Basque MTB

For those who may enjoy some northern Spain love with some quality surf beaches thrown in, then riding around San Sebastian may tweak your interest.

Find -The Mountain Bike Film from ResetFilms.co.uk on Vimeo.

This trailer features riding from Basque MTB, Bike Village, Lava Trax, and I & A Adventures

 

 

Australia – Mountain Bike Travel

 

34. Vertigo Mountain Biking

A tour MTB tour company that is doing it right in Australia.  A burgeoning scene developing in Tasmania with world heritage wilderness, well built and interesting trails and a strong foodie scene – ticking all the boxes in Hobart.

 

35. MTN Bike

Guides and Shuttle out of Sydney catering to the excellent rails in Canberra and Central Coast. Day or weekend trips available

 

36. Escape Goat

MTB Guiding for day and multi-day trips in South Australia, including the Goat Farm, Flinders Ranges and Melrose.

 

37. Cairns Mountain Bike Tours

As the name suggests, this is based in Cairns in far North Queensland. Day – MTB riding in the rainforest.

 

 

New Zealand – Mountain Bike Travel

In addition to the global companies such as Big Mountain Adventures, Sacred Rides and Cycle Active, there is also a number of local mtb tour operators in NZ.

 

38. Fat Tyre Adventures

Based in Queenstown, Fat Tyre adventures offer van shuttles, heli-biking and multi-day rides

 

39. Freeride NZ

Based in Wanaka, Freeride NZ also offer heli-biking.

 

40. MTB Rotorua

Riding in Rotorua in some of the worlds best singletrack.

 

41. Bike Shuttles Nelson

Nelson has an active mountain bike scene with great food and micro breweries to round off the holiday experience.

 

South Africa – Mountain Bike Travel

 

42. Mountain Biking Holidays in SA

Riding includes the Garden route, Western & Eastern cape, as well as tours through nature reserves to spot some spectacular fauna.

 

43. Tony Cook Adventures

Multi-day and day trip options with many tours taking in sections of previous Cape Epic’s.

 

 

United Kingdom – Mountain Bike Travel

 

44. H & I Adventures Scotland

Scotland MTB holiday specialists featuring epic trail riding throughout Scotland, including the challenging Isle of Skye and Torridon.

 

45. Mud Trek

Multiple night options for riding in Wales (Brechfa)  from these Wales MTB specialists.

 

46. Trail Brakes

MTB holiday packages in the 7 Stanes (Scotland) and the Lake District.

 

47. Gone Mountain Biking

Long weekend trips on offer in North Yorkshire at Dalby Forest.

 

48. Devon Mountain Bike Holidays

Short trip options with shuttles from central London to Devon to ride Dartmoor.

 

49. Mountain Bike Tours and Trails

Experts in the South Wales trails such as the Brecon Beacons, Afan, Gower and Black Mountain.

 

The above collection of mountain bike travel companies gives you a taste of what is available in some of the worlds greatest mountain bike destinations. Many trips are flexible to be short breaks, week long trips or multi-week epics, in addition to custom designed itineraries.

 

If you are feeling a bit flat in your riding and need a jolt of inspiration then a mountain bike holiday may just be the answer.

 

Care to share your experience or a company not listed, that put out all stops to give you a great moutnain bike holiday experience? Please add you story or comments below.

Share →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *