Here are a just a few reasons that we offer guided tours and do not offer unguided tours. We do get plenty of inquiries about renting bikes and letting clients go unguided, but in all honesty we do not see it as a safe option for our guests.
Our guided trips offer a level of safety that unguided tours cannot offer. First and foremost with us you can bike in the center of the lane where cars drive, this is not a luxury that you can get on an unguided tour as you must stay in or near the shoulder space for the duration of the ride because of traffic on the busy roadways. Our chase van stays behind our small groups at all times while bikers are in the road, when cars get behind our van the guide gets into the bike lane and the rest of the bikers in the small group follow suit, its easily the safest way to conduct downhill bike tours.
Having the van behind the group also adds a level of comfort that unguided tours do not offer in the sense that at anytime throughout the tour you can simply choose to ride in the van by pulling over and stopping your bike.
Also, if your bike happens to malfunction or get a flat tire, you can quickly stop and get another bike as opposed to calling the shop and waiting on them to come and take care of you.
When you’re on our guided tour you can leave all of your belongings in the van instead of carrying them on your back for the duration of your tour.
We realize the pitch for unguided tours is ride at your own pace, stop wherever you want for as long as you want, and don’t get stuck in a group. But in reality people absolutely love our guided tour, none of our clients ever say that they wish they had went on an unguided trip instead,. And this you most likely know already because you probably found us while searching the internet and reading online reviews.
Don’t think about it too much, let us do the thinking for you while you sit back and enjoy the ride.
And just to be fair…we realize guided tours are definitely not for everyone just as unguided tours are not everyone. Its up to you decide but aren’t you glad you have the facts and our bias opinion:)