For many of us, going on holiday is a major highlight of our year. It's a chance to get out of your routine, explore, experience and have a whole lot of fun. If lying around on a beach sounds boring to you, why not soak up the rays on your mountain bike and venture to trails unknown.
MTB touring holidays are becoming ever more popular. They offer professional guiding, amazing scenery, unfamiliar terrain and of course, the sunshine. Organised tours are also a great way to meet new people who too share the passion for the two-wheeled lifestyle.
We've rounded up a few guided mountain bike holidays around Europe to give you some idea of what you're missing.
Where: The Pyrenees
Founded by a team of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, Adventure Creators offer a broad range of activities: horse riding trips, hiking adventures and mountain bike guiding. Nestled between the French and Spanish boarder, the Pyrenees offer outstanding views and many miles of trail fun.
Adventure Creators not only offer mixed guided groups, but they are one of the few to offer women's specific trips as well. This year they have two: Women's MTB Holiday and Women's MTB Coaching. Both trips start from 710 euros which include airport transfer, accommodation, guided riding and evening meals. You even have the option of hiring a full-suspension MTB if you didn't fancy bring your own.
For more information about Adventure Creators and the holidays they offer, head over to their website here.
Where: Sierra Nevada
Pure Mountains is a long standing company specialising in rural mountain bike guiding. Ran by bikers, these guys know the terrain like the back of their hand and they'll take you on some of the best rides of your life.
The Sierra Nevada range is dry, dusty, loose and rocky. It has everything to test your skill and endurance as you spend your days riding, and your evenings chilling out at the villa. They have a number of trips scheduled throughout the year varying in duration, and with costs starting at £630.
For more information on Pure Mountains and what holidays they have this year, head over to their website here.
Alps Mountain Bike
Where: Alps, France & Switzerland
The Alps beckon thousands of mountain bikers each year to shred their diverse span of trails. Downhill, cross-country and all-mountain, the Alps has everything you'll need and plenty more.
Alps Mountain Bike is a french guiding company offering professional guided rides in English, French and German. Covering France and Switzerland, Alps Mountain Bike offers a huge variety of holiday packages varying in length and location. If you're feeling even more adventurous, they have guided tours running in the US too.
For more information about their tours and guided holidays, head over to Alps Mountain Bike's website here.
Where: UK, Italy, Spain and More
Saddle Skedaddle has been in the guiding game for over 20 years, so you're in safe hands. Whichever of their many destination options you choose from will be led by a professional guide with all the savvy skills of the local area.
Their mountain bike holiday packages start around £1200, with their UK packages significantly cheaper. This includes the guide, accommodation, support vehicles and most main meals.
For more information about what Saddle Skedaddle are offering this year, head over to their website here.
If you fancy something a little different and want to avoid the hustle and bustle of popular mountain bike spots then Bulgaria is for you. It's warm, dusty and brimming with cheap beer and rich culture.
Owned by avid British mountain bikers, Bike Bulgaria is by far one of the cheapest MTB holiday packages. For a flat rate of £275, you'll get airport transfers, accommodation and guided rides around the local trail network. Hire bikes are available at an additional cost, and you can bring your non-riding partners too, so they can chill out and soak up the wonders that Bulgaria has to offer, whilst you shred.
For more information about Bike Bulgaria, head over to their website here.
So what are you waiting for? All you need to do is get your passport, pack up the bike and set off for a fun fuelled mountain bike holiday this year.
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