Ability Levels | Big Mountain Bike Adventures

Ability Levels

To make sure that you are well prepared for your trip, please read the following ability guidelines carefully. It is important that you speak with us prior to booking your trip. Call us Toll Free in North America: 1-866-894-0220 or drop us an email: info@ridebig.com.

Each trip’s ability level is the minimum level required for that trip.

Fitness

Level 1

Exercise regularly. Are comfortable with sustained output at a relaxed pace for 3-4 hours a day for 2-4 consecutive days.

Level 2

Exercise 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes or more. Are comfortable with sustained output at athletic pace with occasional anaerobic periods. Can ride 4-6 hours per day for 2-4 consecutive days and are comfortable pushing and hiking with the bike for sections.

Level 3

Exercise 3-4 times a week for 40 minutes or more. Are comfortable with sustained challenging pace including long periods of anaerobic exercise. Can climb for hours, ride 6+ hours a day for over 4 consecutive days with some technical hike-a-bike.

Level 4

Exercise 5 times or more a week for 40 minutes and more. Are comfortable with sustained challenging pace including long periods of anaerobic exercise for five-plus days in a row. Are possibly training for an event.

Technical

Level 1

Have been riding a mountain bike consistently for at least one season, are capable of controlling bike speed and direction on smooth doubletrack and rolling singletrack trails. Would embrace more riding time and would consider taking a lesson or enrolling in a camp to help prepare for the trip.

Level 2

Have been mountain biking consistently for two plus years, can climb and descend under control on moderately steep singletrack with loose rocks and some roots. Can ride with mild exposure at times. You know when to walk a section that might be too difficult. Would embrace more riding time and consider taking a lesson or enrolling in a camp to help prepare for the trip.

Level 3

Have been mountain biking for over three years, are confident riding all types of singletrack, are able to ride small drops and jumps and descend technical steep sections including rock and uneven roots. Can ride confidently with exposure. You know when to walk a section that might be too difficult.

Level 4

Have been mountain biking for five years or more, can ride very technical trails including jumps, drops and narrow elevated trail sections. Can ride confidently on all types of terrain including sections with exposure. You know when to walk a section that might be too difficult.

What our guests have said

“Hands down the best vacation ever. We wanted to thank you for this amazing experience. The riding was incredible and the entire trip was so well organized, you guys really did not forget a thing! It was great to have had an awesome group of people to ride with. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone.”
Sandra M.

Meet Our Guides

Here are just a few of our guides that are ready to show you their culture, stunning scenery and amazing trails on your next Big Mountain Bike Adventures' trip.

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Nicolas & Vicente
Peru
We are so very fortunate to have Nicolas & Vicente and their team at the helm of our Peru trip. They exude all the attributes that we seek in a professional mountain bike guide: they're kind and respectful, passionate about sharing their country with riders, helpful and patient, highly organized and detail oriented and very importantly they love to ride mountain bikes! To ride with these guys in the Peruvian Andes is a once-and-a-lifetime opportunity.
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Mateo
Ecuador
Andreas
Norway & Italian Dolomites
An Italian in Norway?! Andreas' deep passion for Narvik and the Lofoten Islands is evident as he rings off names of all the peaks, shares stories of local legends and knows the region's history intimately. He is one of the only mountain bike guides in the Lofoten and we're lucky to work with him. In the Dolomites he is in his backyard. His enthusiasm and energy is infectious and his high level of organization and guiding is welcomed, to be hosted by Andreas is nothing but a pleasure.
Chris Winter
Owner
Raised with Michelin maps of France strewn across the kitchen table and parents discussing logistics for month-long European cycling trips with a group of 25 cyclists, Chris was born into planning and developing bike trips. He is passionate about travel, adventure, culture, sharing amazing experiences and really fun singletrack riding.
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Werner
Italy, Dolomites
Born and bred in Italy's South Tyrol, Werner quit his office job in 2013 to become a full-time mountain bike skills coach and professional guide. A passionate rider and nature lover with a character that'll make you smile inside and out, there is no better guide than Werner to show you the beautiful trails, culture and mountains of the Dolomites along with it's delicious cuisine & fine wine.
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Emily
CANADA, TUSCANY & CROATIA
Based in beautiful Pemberton, BC, Emily is at home in the mountains. Specifically, she's at home riding her bike in big and remote mountains; guiding & coaching riders, exploring with friends and winning enduro races like the four-day Trans-Cascadia. She's one of the best mountain bikers you'll ever ride with, as humble and friendly as can be and a true professional guide.
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Paulo
COSTA RICA
There is simply no one better than Paulo to show you real Costa Rican singletrack mountain biking. Wicked, technical and big trails that even locals don't know about. Beneath Paulo's layed back and soft-spoken demeanor is a strong rider both up and down, a kind person and consummate professional on all aspects of a great mountain bike adventure.
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Louise & Alessandro
ITALY, LIGURIA
Swedish organization meets Italian passion! This wife & husband team will peel away Liguria's layers to unveil its sweet secret spots from the best gelato, pesto & espresso to the the best local shuttles on hidden trails tucked away high in the forested mountains. One of the strongest enduro riders in Europe, Louise shares with our riders her secrets to riding well. Louise & Alessandro: the A team for any trip!
mountain bike guide, Dolomites, mountain biking, bike guide
Myriam
SWITZERLAND
Lausanne-based Myriam grew up doing activities in the Swiss mountains. She was professional mountain bike racer from 2007-2011 and today she spends her time as a sports trainer, mountain bike coach, skills coach and professional guide. Let Myriam show you her amazingly beautiful big mountain backyard.
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Anna
Iceland
A professional mountain bike guide and true lover of her native Iceland, there is no one more qualified than Anna to share with you this beautiful island, from it's wide-open and rugged natural landscapes to its unique and quirky character that'll surely surprise you.
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Prayash
NEPAL

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