Well me for one.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Rides and tours in France, Switzerland, Andorra, Spain and extensive options in Scotland North Wales, South Wales and the UK.
USA – Mountain Bike Travel
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.
Moab specialists who have been guiding there since 1986.
Guided trips throughout Maine, for those in need of some East coast love.
Oregon MTB tour specialists features tours on the IMBA epic Umpqua trail as well as Bend, Hood River and Fremont.
Canada – Mountain Bike Travel
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.
Whistler specialists with a focus on UK visitors offers MTB holiday – Euro chalet style.
Germany / Italy / Switzerland / Austria – Mountain Bike Travel
The South Tyrol region which also borders that of Italy have some impressive singletrack options with a European alpine flavour.
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.
Italian MTB holiday specialists offering MTB holidays on the Liguria region of Italy – suited specifically for the XC/AM rider with gravity assisted singletrack.
Run by two Irish expats offering Italian singletrack packages, including the impressive trails around Lake Garda, Italy.
MTB holiday specialists in the Swiss alps with week long packages, based in Zermatt.
As the name suggests these guys are all about MTB tours in Verbier – epic alpine riding on offer.
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.
French specialists with the popular Mega Avalanche weekend, women only holiday packages and experts in the Portes Du Soleil
A company who gets the trail riding experience on the expansive Morzine trails. Nice clean site design too!
Self catered chalet holidays for riders in Morzine.
MTB holidays in Les Arcs, near Bourg St Maurice.
Guided trips and holidays in Les Arcs, La Plagne and Sainte Foy, near Bourg St Maurice, France.
Trail riding in Chamonix, staying in one of the worlds great alpine villages.
Provence is home the the Trans-Provence one of the worlds leading enduro format stage races.
A Quick Release offer guided mtb riding packages in the Pyrenees (Luchon, France) and Portugal.
Spain / Canary Islands – Mountain Bike Travel
Riding in Southern Spain in the Sierra Nevada – plenty of sun, singletrack and Spanish food!
Ripping it up since 1992, Ciclo Montana is one of the originals serving mountain bikers in southern Spain.
Offers both week long and long weekend/short break options in Spain’s Sierra Nevada.
Lift assisted XC/AM riding boasting 3-5 hours of singletrack descents, including a 60Km singletrack descent – located in Bubion, Sierra Nevada
XC/AM riding near Malaga and Cadiz in southern Spain.
XC/AM riding in Tenerife on the Canary Islands
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.
This trailer features riding from Basque MTB, Bike Village, Lava Trax, and I & A Adventures
Australia – Mountain Bike Travel
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.
Guides and Shuttle out of Sydney catering to the excellent rails in Canberra and Central Coast. Day or weekend trips available
MTB Guiding for day and multi-day trips in South Australia, including the Goat Farm, Flinders Ranges and Melrose.
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.
Based in Queenstown, Fat Tyre adventures offer van shuttles, heli-biking and multi-day rides
Based in Wanaka, Freeride NZ also offer heli-biking.
Riding in Rotorua in some of the worlds best singletrack.
Nelson has an active mountain bike scene with great food and micro breweries to round off the holiday experience.
South Africa – Mountain Bike Travel
Riding includes the Garden route, Western & Eastern cape, as well as tours through nature reserves to spot some spectacular fauna.
Multi-day and day trip options with many tours taking in sections of previous Cape Epic’s.
United Kingdom – Mountain Bike Travel
Scotland MTB holiday specialists featuring epic trail riding throughout Scotland, including the challenging Isle of Skye and Torridon.
Multiple night options for riding in Wales (Brechfa) from these Wales MTB specialists.
MTB holiday packages in the 7 Stanes (Scotland) and the Lake District.
Long weekend trips on offer in North Yorkshire at Dalby Forest.
Short trip options with shuttles from central London to Devon to ride Dartmoor.
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.