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  1. Border Raid

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    Border Raid™

    Mission Enduro!

    One of the most popular short breaks in our growing arsenal of intrepid mountain biking adventures, the Border Raid™ slingshots riders into the UK’s enduro epicentre – the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders.

    Home to the best loved 7Stanes Glentress and Innerleithen trail centres, in 2009 MBR Magazine set out with us in pursuit of the disused, the forgotten and the remote – and since then the area has become infamous for its off-piste trails and enduro racing scene. Join us on this guided bike adventure and we’ll help you uncover the Enduro World Series gems and a whole lot more besides!

    The Trip

    The Tweed Valley’s riddled with superb riding – what we’ll show you are some of the best natural, off-piste and off-map trails in the world.

    • Type of TripEnduro / All-mountain A mix of natural backcountry trails, trail-centre link ups, and technical ‘enduro’ descents
    • Trip GradingCheck dates for specific grading
    • How Long? Two nights / two days (ask us about longer trips!)

    Here’s what you can expect

    • Graded Rides Every trip is packed with two superb guided rides
    • Accommodation Two nights fantastic B&B accommodation right at the heart of the riding
    • Professional Guides Expertly trained, hugely experienced but most of all great fun and with a wealth of local knowledge to share!
    • Comprehensive Support Including First Aid and mechanical assistance throughout your trip
    • Trail snacks
    • Detailed pre-departure information
    • Trip photos
    • Join the trip in the Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders

    Trip Dates

    • + 7th to 9th April 2017
    • + 21st to 23rd April 2017 (Mountain Lassies exclusive)
    • 5th to 7th May 2017
    • 19th to 21st May 2017
    • 2nd to 4th June 2017
    • + 16th to 18th June 2017
    • 30th June to 2nd July 2017
    • 14th to 16th July 2017
    • 28th to 30th July 2017
    • 11th to 13th August 2017
    • + 25th to 27th August 2017 (Mountain Lassies exclusive)
    • 8th to 10th September 2017
    • 22nd to 24th September 2017
    • 6th to 8th October 2017

    If you have different dates or a longer trip in mind please contact us to discuss opening up a new trip for your group.

    Friday

    You’ll arrive in the Valley (hopefully) in time for a lovely pub meal and a nightcap before settling down for a great night’s rest at your handpicked accommodation – sleep well because the real fun begins tomorrow!

    Saturday

    We’ll rendezvous at your accommodation in the Tweed Valley and over a coffee in the best cafe in the Borders we’ll get to know everyone before hitting the trails for a full day of tight, twisty singletrack heaven.

    The variety of riding here is huge, and the quality is consistently nuts! When the sun is shining the Tweed Valley’s ridgelines offer riders a commanding perspective of Scotland’s wee mountain biking kingdom. Just as you think you’re getting on top of the riding, we’ll see if we can’t pull out a few surprises to keep you on your toes…

    That evening, you’ll probably give in to the lure of the local pub and enjoy some great grub, a tasty ale and the buzz from shredding some of the funnest descents anywhere.

    Sunday

    Five minutes out the door of your fantastic accommodation, you’ll be picking up your second taste of what’s on offer in the Tweed Valley. We’ll take it easy on the climbs, keeping plenty in the tanks for the good bits. Tight, rooty, steep singletrack descents are the rewards for some serious climbing!

    With so much riding on our doorstep, we’ve plenty of time for a final dose of singletrack goodness to keep your head spinning for weeks! If your appetite for new adventures still isn’t satisfied then we still have some treats in store, or revisit your favourite spot so far to have another crack at that tricky corner. It might be goodbye for now, but you know where to find us next time.

    Believe the Hype!

    Believe us when we say there’s a whole load more to the Tweed Valley than just the phenomenal trail centres – why else would the Enduro World Series roll into town two years on the trot?!

  2. Big Mountain Safari

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    Big Mountain Safari™

    All-mountain backcountry sojourn

    On this, our flagship custom mountain bike tour we’ll help create your ultimate mountain bike adventure in Scotland.

    Guided. Self-guided. Coached. You decide! Think about it as Scotland’s wildest rides – tamed. On this epic mountain biking journey through Scotland, you have lots of options:

    • Guided. Enjoy the most adventurous riding in the most varied locations across Scotland with one of our expert guides
    • Self-guided. Go it alone with a self-guided option
    • Coached. Let our mountain bike coaching partners Dirt School help you find your mountain biking mojo with world-class coaching along the way*

    The Trips

    Tailored for you from several days to as long as you desire – you can ride through the most iconic of Scottish mountainscapes from the Scottish Borders, Cairngorms, Glencoe and Ft William to Knoydart, the Isle of Skye and Torridon. Depending on your tastes and budget, here’s some of the ingredients we can mix to make your ultimate mountain bike adventure in Scotland.

    On the big one, you’ll take six individual boat trips, spend a day riding off the gondola in Fort William, sample the finest ales and whiskies in the UK’s best inns and pubs, eat the freshest produce and enjoy the warmest hospitality anywhere, and of course ride beautiful natural trails under some of the most breathtaking mountain tops in Scotland.

    Scotland can be a wild place. A place of big mountains, rock faces, boulder strewn trails and some of the best wild riding imaginable. IMBA didn’t give Scotland global superstar status for nothing and on this voyage of discovery you’ll soon find out why! Accessing this remote back country can be a daunting prospect yet it can be the most inspirational and exciting riding terrain there is. It’s a mountain biking adventure that takes you one step at a time until you reach the final, ultimate and iconic routes of Scotland.

    • Type of Trip All-mountain guided, coached* or self-guided
    • Level Tailored to suit your abilities and aspirations
    • How Long? As a custom trip we tailor the duration to suit you
    • How Challenging? It’s up to you!
    • Adventure Factor? Off the Scale!

    The Coaching*

    Have you ever seen a photograph of a rider immersed in the mountains, surrounded by peaks and beautiful trails and wanted to be that rider in the photo? Thought you would never be able to get out there and ride it? Well we want you to be that rider, experience those landscapes and ride those trails in style.

    That’s why the UK’s leading big mountain tour company and mountain bike coaching company have joined forces – to share our knowledge of the best trails in the world, with you and to show you how to ride it, to tame it and to conquer it.

    “Everyone, even world champions have a coach, and we’re there to not only better your riding – regardless of your experience – but also to allow you to get the most out of the wilderness by building your confidence and helping to remove the stress of a solo venture.” Chris Ball, Director, Dirt School

    Consider this trip a holiday with benefits – an investment not just in your experiences but in yourself. You’ll leave us not only with memories of epic trails in incredible locations but also with the skill set to take your riding up a gear when you get back home. As a safari, we take you on the road to only the best spots, building you up from some of Scotland’s finest managed trails, to our biggest and most beautiful wild mountain routes.

    By the end of this trip your riding will be through the roof, and you’ll already be thinking of when to book your next trip to Scotland. Based on the week-long tour, to make sure you get the most out of the Safari we start the trip with one and half days on specially selected mountain bike trail centres that give us the opportunity to talk you through what you’ll encounter out in the wilds, get you prepared for the big country – so you can go on to experience the wild rides without feeling like you’re in a classroom. After all, our aim is to give you the tools to truly experience the big mountains without feeling frustrated, overly challenged or nervous about what lies ahead.

    Following your first few days of being coach led, the teaching element will back off and the guided adventure takes over, giving you the chance to absorb, ride and enjoy the trip. However, your coach will never leave you flying solo. In fact they’ll be on hand the whole week to help you, answer your questions and make sure you have everything you need to really get the most from the riding.

    “Is this a training camp?”

    No Way – it’s the opposite. This trip is a holiday with benefits. Fun and good times are the main aim of this trip, we’re just here to make sure that when you come across a challenge on the trail, we can help you get over it so you can go on to experience the next amazing view, singletrack or landscape.

    You can expect a structured introduction to key techniques and skills in the first two days. You’ll then be left to practice them out on the big terrain but never without a coach to help with anything you need. This way, you can enjoy your riding and the epic scenery and still learn and grow in ability and confidence throughout the week.

    The Logistics

    Book with us and we’ll arrange a personalised itinerary including transport, accommodation, bike rental and guiding too. For self-guided mountain bike tours of Scotland, we provide a comprehensive package. Read on…

    Big Mountain Safari™

    Here’s what you can expect

    • An itinerary created by experts to suit you
    • Professional Coaching (*optional)
    • Video of your riding throughout the week (*optional)
    • Apres ride playback sessions if you desire (*optional)
    • Individual focus on your riding development
    • Great group experience, mellow atmosphere and good times
    • Expert answers to any riding questions you may have
    • Adventure!
    • Professional Guide/s
    • Alternatively, if you opt for a self-guided trip – once we’re confident you’ll be okay going it alone – we’ll let you loose in the wilds fully loaded with an action-packed itinerary, GPS files and maps of your rides
    • Quality Hotel / Guest House Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis (self-catering, and more modest options also available)
    • Baggage transfers, ferries and private transportation throughout the trip
    • Gondola lift passes (*optional)
    • Charter boat access to remote trail gems (*optional)
    • Mechanical Support
    • Detailed pre-departure information
    • Trip photos
    • Join the trip at the location that suits you (please contact us to discuss)

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