E-MOUNTAIN BIKING – THE BIG TREND IN ADVENTURE TRAVEL FOR 2020
Specialist operator H+I Adventures is leading the charge in e-mountain bike travel, set to be the big trend in adventure travel for 2020. The international mountain biking experts will be launching five new battery-assisted tours for the year ahead, offering riders experiences from pedalling through the deserts of Namibia and Alpine descents in Switzerland, to a circumnavigation of the Sierra Nevada in Spain.
The popularity of e-mountain bikes has increased hugely in recent years and the technology has progressed too. The bikes are now much lighter and more fun to ride and are perfect for those who need a little assistance on the ascents.
H+I have fully committed to the e-mtb trend and each of the new tours has been designed specifically for the e-mountain bikes. The destinations chosen have local guides with experience of e-mtb and the itineraries have been designed specifically for the discipline, with charging points factored in and avoiding trails where carrying the bike or river crossings would be needed. Commenting, Euan Wilson, co-founder of H+I Adventures said: “We recognised early on that e-mountain biking is a different prospect from traditional mountain biking, and could not just be ‘bolted on’ to our existing adventures. We wanted to take time to learn as much as we could about e-mountain bikes, e-mtb riders and travelling on e-mtb, and we’ve crafted these new holidays to allow riders to join the e-volution of mountain bike travel.”
Take a look below at the trips that this dynamic bikecation company have planned for 2020
The e-mtb tour begins inland with guests pedalling through farmland and olive groves as they tackle sections of the famous Parenzana Trail (a 123km route linking Trieste and Porec). They also visit Hum, the smallest town in the world, where the e-mtb will give needed assistance on the challenging climb to the medieval town. Then, after transferring to Croatia’s coast, the days are spent pedalling the Kamenjak Peninsula with plenty of stops to swim in the Adriatic, e-biking the Moonland Trail on Krk, and on Rab Island, known as the ‘happy island’ where the coastal trail that sweeps in and out of secluded beaches will leave a smile on riders’ faces. Price: from £2,550pp sharing, including 7 nights’ B&B accommodation, transfers, guiding and ferry trip to Rab Island.
Skill level: Intermediate.
Depart 17 May, 21 June or 29 August 2020.
Riders will be grateful for the extra boost of the e-mtb when ascending sand dunes on this expert-led safari tour of Namibia. An intimate introduction to the country, this trip is perfect for those starting off their e-mtb journeys and offers interactions with both the diverse wildlife and local communities. Throughout the adventure, guests will experience some of the less-travelled corners of this magnificent country, pedalling along red dirt roads and surrounded by endless spectacular horizons. Highlights include: spotting giraffe, zebra and oryx from the saddle; cycling from the Skeleton Coast to the Huab River; camping under cloudless, star-filled skies; watching wild river elephants in Damaraland; and meeting indigenous communities, such as the Himba tribe. Price: from £3,500pp sharing, including 11 nights’ accommodation, most meals, guiding, transfers and support vehicle.
Skill level: Novice +.
Depart 9 August or 4 October 2020.
On this cross-border e-mountain biking tour, riders will experience both a geographical journey from Slovenia’s Julian Alps to its Adriatic coast, but also in their riding ability too, with the trip designed to become progressively more technical throughout the week. Riding highlights include: a spectacular trip on Vrh Bace mountain, following WWI mule tracks; climbs past alpine villages and wild flowers in the heart of the Triglav National Park; and a trip from Kranjska Gora, to the summit that marks the border of Slovenia, Austria and Italy, before a grin-inducing descent into Italy. Price: from £2,250pp sharing, including 7 nights’ B&B accommodation, transfers and guiding.
Skill level: Intermediate +.
Depart 11 July, 15 August or 13 September 2020.
This incredible e-mtb circumnavigation of the Sierra Nevada in Andalucía, will take guests from white-washed villages of the Alpujarras to desert ‘Badlands’ and riding through the streets of historic Granada. Throughout the week trails vary from high-mountain singletracks and technical descents to ancient trails linking together the thriving mountain orchards around Bérchules. In addition to world-class riding, guests will also have the chance to sample local produce, learn about local life and spend the night in a cave hotel in the heart of the Sierra Nevada. Price: from £1,950pp sharing, including 7 nights’ B&B accommodation, transfers and guiding.
Skill level: Intermediate +.
Depart 9 May, 26 September or 24 October 2020.
Crossing high Alpine passes and with true backcountry riding, this new e-mtb tour showcases the very best of Switzerland’s mountains. The trip begins with rides on the local trails around Klosters, a ridge trail to the high point of Chörbschorn before a technical descent to the Davos Valley and the world-famous IMBA Epic trail, with stops planned for charging and a fantastic mountain lunch. There is also a day spent on the new and little-known trails around Wiesen and flow trails in the St Moritz valley. Price: from £2,750pp sharing, including 7 nights’ accommodation, all meals, transfers and guiding.
Skill level: Intermediate +.
Depart 11 July, 22 August or 19 September 2020.
Bikecation is the new vacation for those with a sense of adventure and this dynamic company have put together an amazing set of options for all cyclists. All that you need to is to follow your compass and take to the trails, because an e-bike increases both the miles and the smiles 🙂