WANNA GET AWAY?
People read about a place like
Moab in Mountain Bike Action or
watch a You Tube video, and they
don’t realize that it can be aerobically challenging. There’s always
the technical aspect, but we are
very good at having multiple ride
options each day for those who
are less technical. Moab sits
around 4500 feet, but rides often
go higher. The Whole Enchilada
reaches elevations over 10,000
feet. There is a general perception
that only road biking can offer
that sort of elevation. Granted, we
ride mostly downhill.
We get all types of riders on our
trips. We had a woman who was a
closet smoker who really didn’t
know what she was getting into
on this trip. She didn’t think a
four-day trip would be too tough.
But, she had a busy work life and
had no time to ride her bike in prepa-
ration. We often get riders like this,
and we train our guides to handle it.
Plus, we think about these types of
issues pre-trip so we can design the
rides with bailout points or places
where our van can offer a shuttle.
Ultimately, this guest had a great attitude and loved riding Porcupine Rim
at the end of the day.
Assessing your own ability honestly is really important. Calling in and
chatting with our sales consultants is
also helpful. We have a series of questions we ask to help riders assess
their abilities and make sure they get
on the right trip. We pride ourselves
on being flexible, because we know
no two riders are alike. It’s a philosophy of ours: “Your day; you decide.”
As much as possible, our awesome
trip designers build multiple options
into our trips, but we always offer a
recommended rider type for our trips
to help make the decision easier.
A challenge is couples. We see it all
the time when guiding. One person
wants the most challenging option
available, but the other wants to take
in the sights and relax a bit more.
After all, they are on vacation. Again,
we try to accommodate both types.
Best tip: Asses your own ability honestly when shopping for a trip. Taking a trip halfway
across the world for a ride that’s too physically or technically demanding isn’t fun for the
guide or the rider.
“nudging” people a bit past their
comfort zone, and every time the
person is stoked to have done something they never thought they could.
They appreciate the advice and tips.