Advertorial: Singletrack Safari

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Singletrack Safari is a revolutionary new concept in biking holidays, specifically designed to give mountain bikers the type of trip which we all truly dream of. Rather than simply offering riding in a single location their highlights-style holidays deliver you, on a daily basis, to the doorstep of the most iconic, famous and greatest trails in a choice of countries across Europe.

From the selection of holiday destinations there are several trips of a lifetime to choose from, whatever your style of riding – from guided backcountry “all-mountain” and XC riding; to the continent’s most incredible downhill trails; everyone is catered for. Uniquely, the entire guiding team, vehicles and equipment moves from country to country at different times of the year to follow the best trail conditions and weather for your holiday. This also means you are guaranteed the same brilliant, friendly customer service and expert support wherever you choose to go.

Guests stay in good quality, hand-picked hotels, chosen for their central location to the riding. Rooms are pleasant, en-suite and private – there are no dodgy “chalet-style” compromises! Some trips, such as those in The Alps and Spain, even offer twin-centre accommodation in order to really show you the very finest trails possible. The company’s holidays are very competitively priced – and there are even a choice of budget and custom options to suit your pocket.

Every single day the company treats you to an “all-star” selection of the ultimate trails possible – all well known for their stunning riding amongst incredible scenery – no matter which of the fantastic destinations you have chosen for your holiday. Whether you are riding dusty rock-strewn natural singletrack in Spain, the stunning wooded mountains of Andorra in the Pyrenees, or a week of all the legendary riding spots and routes in The Alps – every corner will offer up one of life’s ultimate riding experiences. Basically the idea is a bit like buying a compilation album – you get all of the greatest hits in one package!

To show how amazing this format can be, take a look at the itinerary for the company’s “Ultimate Alps” holiday – there’s natural singletrack around Chamonix and in Switzerland, famed trails in Les Gets & Morzine, the route of the Pass’Portes Du Soleil, trails further south in Alpe D’Huez &Les Deux Alpes and even the Megavalanche descent – all can be ridden in the same mind-blowing week! Or perhaps some dusty miles in Spain might appeal, where Singletrack Safari’s “Trail Tapas” trip allows you to ride in a different mountain range during every single day of your holiday in Andalucía.

Martin from Singletrack Safari says: “Traditional MTB holidays offer a centre-based package. We’ve been on many of those types of holidays, and they all suffer from the same restriction: it’s very hard to find a week’s worth of outstanding high quality trails. Most holidays provide you with one or two great rides, but the remainder simply aren’t as memorable. We have spent over two decades riding all over Europe, and have a huge amount of trail knowledge to share. We’ve designed a holiday format which means that we are not restricted by geography, and allows us to offer an utterly incredible trail for riders to experience every single day!”

On the way to and from world-beating sinuous singletrack you can relax in luxury aboard a state-of-the-art vehicle (probably the best of any MTB, anywhere!), perhaps catching a movie or the day’s helmet camera footage on the funky van’s cinema system. Meanwhile, your bike is transported gently in special racking within the secure, custom-built, enclosed trailer. This also boasts a fully equipped, all-weather workshop, plus bike washers available for use wherever you go. Coupled with a Cytec qualified mechanic there is little which they can’t repair in order to keep your bike moving reliably.

 Of course, a great holiday is about much more than just the riding – as Georgina from the company adds: “We’ve spent a great amount of effort researching not only the finest trails available, but also the best restaurants, bars and entertainment in each location. We don’t simply abandon our guests in the evenings like most companies! We are holiday guides – not just biking guides. Therefore we make sure that we show clients all of the best places to go when they are off their bikes – for example, not only can we recommend the best places to eat for any budget, but we can often recommend the best dishes on each menu and help make sure that language barriers cause no problems!”

The company’s aim is clear – to take MTB holidays to a new level, by providing the ultimate trails available, the finest quality support equipment, with unparalleled service from friendly and expert staff and accommodation in great hotels in the best locations – all combined in an affordable package.

The company offers eight holiday destinations, all of which provide the best riding that you can point your handlebars at. These include “Wild Scotland” exploring the Highlands from the Cairngorms to Skye and “Ultimate Alps” which is a twin centre holiday offering many of Europe’s most famous biking experiences in one week. “Andorran Altitude”, based in the Pyrenean principality, explores the amazing untapped riding for both XC and DH riders around the Eastern Pyrenees, whilst “Spanish Trail Tapas” is a true trail riders dream, exploring many different areas of Andalucía with a great variety of terrain. There are also holidays in the South West of the UK (“Wild West” – Dartmoor, Exmoor, Quantocks, and Mendips), “North Wales Explorer” – the best Snowdonian natural trails and man-made centres), “Scottish Stanes” – not just the famed 7 Stanes but the best of the borders riding) and “South Wales Trailmaster” – Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and the finest trail centre riding).

Singletrack Safari is now taking bookings for the 2010 season – we’d recommend readers visit the company’s very impressive-looking innovative and interactive website www.singletracksafari.com where they can learn more about the amazing holidays available for both XC and DH riders alike.

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