FAQs: Riding and Guiding

What size group will I be riding in?

Typically between 4 and 8 riders.  We keep our groups to a maximum of 8 per guide. Small group sizes minimize the impact of our riding on the environment and allow valuable time with your guide to enhance your riding experience.   Without spoiling the flow of your riding, we will ensure you know what to expect on the trail up ahead. Our guides are all highly experienced, MBLA or MIAS qualified and mountain first-aid trained.

How long are your rides?

We match our rides to the experience and ability of the group through listening and consultation.  Effectively, we have a whole library of rides up our sleeves at all our venues, and we choose those most suited to the groups, the weather and ground conditions on the day.  So it’s hard to generalise, but as a very rough guide:  big rides on a still, dry day might be up to 40 miles and 7 hours, and lighter rides in the same conditions might be up to 30 miles and 5 hours including rest stops and lunch.  Our accommodation is always selected to be right amongst the best trails, which means that we might choose to do 2 shorter, sharper rides on a day with some R&R in between.

What should I take with me on a ride?

A 2 or 3 litre hydration pack with 2 spare tubes, a pump, tyre levers and a multi-tool, a waterproof top and some snacks.  Cash for lunch, mobile phone, camera.  Wearing a helmet is compulsory and gloves and sunglasses/eye protection are strongly recommended.

What about knee and elbow pads?

We cannot recommend that you do not wear knee and elbow pads.  They are not compulsory and very technical descents are rare on our rides. WildBike guides will pad up for some rides, particularly in Scotland, The Lakes, and Morzine.