We hope you had a fantastic night and made some interesting and exciting resolutions over a glass of wine. We had a great 2011 and enjoyed the company of many fantastic customers, worked with lots of very professional people, and rode our bikes in some of the best locations around the globe.
We are looking forward to working hard in 2012 to continue offering you world-class mountain biking tours, and the challenges and awesome adventures that come from that.
If you have been considering a tour with H&I Adventures then 2012 might be the year for that trip. We have our Scottish favourites: Torridon and Skye, and Coast-to-Coast tours; and two new adventures aimed at the beginner to intermediate rider: the Cairngorms adventure tour, and our Tastes and Trails of Scotland tour. To add to that we have introduced some amazing tours in Spain, Mexico and Nepal – exciting new countries, but the same high quality and life-affirming experiences that we have been delivering in Scotland for the past five years.
We always love to hear from our customers and followers, and you can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and Google+, and of course, via email or on the telephone: +44 (0)1463 239716 and toll free from US/Canada on 1 888-228-50-35
Here are our top five images from 2011. We felt these were the most inspiring and thought-provoking mountain bike adventure photos of our year. They’re not professional photos, but pictures take during real tours with real people on some of the world’s best mountain bike trails. Why not tell us your favourite in the poll below the pictures!
H&I Adventures owner Euan Wilson says, “The main driving force behind our decision to expand is our customers; they’ve been suggesting for a while that we add other countries because they want to explore the world on their bikes, but they also want guaranteed level of service that only comes with a trusted tour operator. Now we can give them both!
“We have been very careful to select destinations that offer a choice of skill level and budgetary options for our customers, and support our commitment to responsible adventure travel. We work closely with the local communities in each of the remote areas we experience to ensure that our adventure tours provide revenue for the people and environments that give us so much pleasure along the way.”
This is the second installemnt in our meet the guides feature, so take it away Kevin….
Kevin (aka Digger)
Name: Kevin Henderson Home town: Abernyte, Perthshire, Scotland Bikes: Cove Hustler; Cove Handjob; Kona Big Unit 29er singlespeed Favourite trails: for chasing down friends, definitely Torridon, Drumguish and Laggan Wolftrax in the Cairngorms National Park Most known for: composing poetry while riding alone, which often ends ‘wheels up’!
“My first mountain bike was a red one. I got that first bike in the summer of 2004 when I lived on the Carse of Gowrie in Perthshire, and I rode it between the farmers fields, through all the mud I could find. I soon discovered the mountains of Highland Perthshire and big days out exploring in the Cairngorms. Enduro race events followed, and somewhere on this short timeline I began running mountain biking, visual art and literacy clubs for primary school children in association with an Active Schools group.
“Today I still live in Perthshire, but up on a hill now. I ride nearly every day. And while the bike has changed (it’s white, a bit lighter) and I’m a bit better at staying on it (mostly!) my love of riding in Scotland, and in the Highlands in particular, has only got deeper with time.”
Euan recently showed WhatMTB around his local riding routes in his home town of Inverness, you can check out how it went in this month’s magazine. You can also follow in their tyre tracks by using the route guide in the magazine or downloading the gps files from the WhatMTB website.
If you need any further information on mountain biking in Scotland, then please feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was early October and we set off on an adventure, heading for the Central America and in particular the Oaxaca and Chiapas regions of the south of Mexico. This is a place that we had never visited and not heard a great deal about; little did we know that this area is classed in Mexico as their cultural heart.
We were in this corner of the world for the Adventure Travel World Summit, which was taking place in the very picturesque colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas. Each year the ATWS takes place in a different continent with over 600 delegates from over 50 countries taking part, last year we hosted it here in Scotland.
This gives us the opportunity to learn from others, position ourselves in the market and make fantastic contacts from around the world.
The week prior to the summit was spent mountain biking around the Oaxaca region, best known for its culinary delights, not for its mountain biking! But after a week of riding around on their ancient Zapotec singletrack, sampling the food, enjoying the warm mountain sunshine and tasting the local Mescal, we are sure that this region will be a mountain biking and adventure travel mecca! Watch this space!