LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
WANNA GET AWAY?
Our best tip is to relax! You’re in
good hands, so just sit back and
enjoy the great trails, the great outdoors and the great food we’re going
to cook for you. We too often pick
up guests on the first day of the trip
and they are nervous. They are nervous about the terrain, the other riders and the logistics. It’s only after
the first day is completed, dinner
has been eaten, and we are sitting
around a campfire that they start to
realize just how great a week in the
great outdoors riding mountain
bikes really is.
The most common mistake that
people make is to not train at all for
the trip. Most of our tours don’t
require you to be uber-fit, but a couple of months of pre-tour fitness
goes a long way toward getting the
most from the tour. Even one ride a
week, or a spin class or two, will do
wonders. We have a client who has
come out on six or seven trips with
us. He’s a great rider but hails from
the East and tends to do advanced
trips, mostly in the spring. Every
year he shows up in worse condition
and absolutely suffers up the climbs.
Every year he swears that next year
he’ll get in shape before the tour.
We’ll believe it when we see it.
One more important tip is to take
it easy on your guide. The best peo-
ple we’ve ever known have been our
own coworkers. The job is physical-
ly grueling but incredibly rewarding
as well. Most guides truly enjoy peo-
ple, and once the dishes are done at
the end of the day, there is nothing
better than really getting to know your
clients by the campfire. Our favorite
trips are the ones with guests who
come back year after year.
See what we offer and start to narrow your choices down to a few trips
you think you might enjoy. Most trips
are only offered certain times of the
year, so you can start there. Some trips
are labeled “introductory.” These are
appropriate for novice mountain bikers with a little bit of fitness. Our
other trips have a “tech” rating and a
“fitness” rating. The tech rating refers
to the level of technical difficulty of
the riding. The fitness refers to how
vigorous the trip will be. If you are a
fit roadie or runner but haven’t tried
mountain biking, you would probably
look for a trip with a lower tech rating
and mid- to high-level fitness rating.
This can be a little bit confusing, as
everyone has a different idea about
how fit or technically inclined he is.
Once you have narrowed your choice
to a few trips, you will want to call
our office and talk to one of us. We
can answer more specific questions
and help point you in the right direction.
By your second or third trip (we
have lots of guests who have been
with us 10 or more times), you’ll be
asking your guides for advice about
which tour to do next year. They will
know what you like and how you ride
and cherry-pick your next adventure.
We’ve had clients that take tours to
increase their skills and stamina and
to ride with better riders and push
their limits. These riders tend to pick
tours for the trails. Other riders want
to come out to get away from the
stress of a hectic professional life.
They come out to hang out with their
friends or make new ones, soak up
some of the most spectacular scenery
on the planet and enjoy the great food,
as well as to spend the day on the bike.
We have a group of seven guys who
have done three White Rim and three
Maze tours with us because they love
the expansive scenery and solitude
that the Canyonlands National Park
offers. The riding is just a bonus.
Our two favorite tours are Idaho
Singletrack and the Maze. The Idaho
tour offers some of the best, most
rugged backcountry mountain biking
available. This is definitely one for the
fit and skilled, with some very long,
challenging days in the saddle. The
terrain is rugged and beautiful, and we
always take a water purifier and use
The Maze is the other favorite,
because we ride through one of the
most beautiful and remote parts of the
country. The scenery and camping are
absolutely stunning, and the feeling of
getting away from it all is stronger
here than anywhere else. The overall
atmosphere of this trip affects our
guests in a deeper way than anywhere
else. We sometimes go an entire five
days without seeing another person.
Best tip: Spend plenty of
time on the bike a couple
months prior to your trip so
you can chill out and enjoy
the view instead of suffering