The Tour du Mont Blanc was amazing and a once in a lifetime for our group. We investigated a number of other companies, but our group was very experienced and fit and we wanted to make sure the guides were up for the challenge.I can say that Jamie being a former Pro Rider was amazing in his ability to teach us new technical skills, guide us to the most amazing riding given the weather and tailor the rides to the skill sets of our group. We can't thank Ride the Alps enough for the incredible planning, amazing food, and of course the riding. By far the best guiding company in the Alps... We will be back for another adventure soon! All the best , Mick/ Kristen, Sverre/Erin, Brady/ Sarah
Amazing route with the benefit of Jamie's incredible knowledge. Jamie allowed weather adjustments but still kept us on some great trails. Well organised from start to finish and you know Jamie has the knowledge and ability to guide in all situations.
We spent a few days riding with Jamie on some superb steep rocky and rooty trails, which is what we asked for and he delivered in abundance.He could not do enough for us , really top guy , very knowledgeable and professional. I would definitely book with Ride the Alps again.
The Chamonix to Zermatt is the ultimate 7 day mountain bike ride for experienced mountain bike riders and Jamie is the ultimate mountain bike guide. This trip had it all, from summiting high passes and 2000 meter a day climbs, to the famous downhill section with "58 switchbacks", to long smooth flowy sections, to the sometimes dreaded but still fun hike-a-bike sections. There are also areas with a bit of exciting exposure. We passed through numerous fairy tale type French and Swiss villages and were constantly among the most breath taking views the Alps can offer. This combined with the fact that it is impossible to imagine a better guide, bike mechanic, medic, and instructor with such a quick big smile as Jamie! All together the C2Z trip adds up to possibly the very best mountain bike ride in the world! Definitely an experience of a lifetime. Absolutely loved it!!
The mountain biking that I did with Jamie made Summer 2016. I was 14 at the time and Jamie and I rode out together for three days and it was awesome. On the first day we did some skills, as I hadn’t ridden my bike for a month or two. Jamie quickly got me doing wheelies again and taught me how to jump the bike in various situations to avoid obstacles. All this came in handy over the next few days. Thanks to the time I spent with Jamie my skills improved massively and my confidence grew. Jamie knows all the good spots to go to and is brilliant at assessing skill level and took me to areas that challenged me and really made me improve. My family and I must thank Jamie and Mary for letting us stay in their apartment in fantastic Morillon.
We all had a great week and enjoyed Jamie's tailor-made schedule of riding for the four of us. The 4 day TMB was memorable in many ways! Challenging as ever with some healthy hike-a-bike sections which never go a-miss! Jamie's special sections are always the highlight of the day! Great sections of uphill climbing, some on road some off road - All in all an excellent week with a great guide and perfect accommodation. We never actually felt like we had a guide as Jamie's become a good friend which makes your trips even better!
6 days of tailored to suit riding was the request to Jamie at Ride the Alps. The result was 6 days of brilliant riding, Mont Blanc in the back ground, days and days of fast descents. We even got roadside view of the Tour de France one afternoon. A night in a refuge high up a mountain side. Different trails every day. 3rd time with Ride the Alps, getting better, but still can't keep up with Jamie! Perfect sunshine and perfect riding. Thanks. Joe
Highly recommend the TMB with Ride the Alps. The scenery is stunning, the trip was well organised and above all it was fun. Jamie assessed our skills and rode at a pace to suit. He gave us a detailed brief of what to expect each day and coached us through some challenging sections. His knowledge of the terrain along with his expertise and long history in Mountain Biking really made it a great experience all round. We would definitely return to do another trip. Loved it!
Thank you Mary & Jamie for brilliant, brilliant holiday. Everyone had a fantastic time and will be talking about it for many years to come. Also, Liz was the perfect chalet host and her accommodation was 1st class. I'm sure we'll be coming again.
Three days of the most amazing fat biking adventures. With unusually little snow in the valley when I arrived I had wondered what on earth I was going to be doing for three days, I needn't have worried. With Jamie's years of experience in the area he soon hatched a plan and we went up on the Joux Plane for a ride, it was hilarious and a great introduction to fat biking. What followed the next few days blew me away, hiking / riding to the top of various locations and bombing back down was simply incredible. It far exceeded my expectations of the trip - it is a trip I will never forget. I can't wait to see what he can come up with for 2017.
Just back from an invigorating morning fatbiking under the expert guidance of Jamie :) A friend and I were keen to give it a go but whilst we're used to hitting the snow trails on snow shoes or skis, this was a first on 2 wheels. Well we were on a high from start to finish. The novelty factor helped, the location in a forgotten valley was to die for and Jamie was great company. He judged our ability (is that the right word?!?) pretty quickly and the pace was perfect. The valley was undulating rather than steep, with breathtaking views and peppered with alpine wildlife - well huskies and ponies at least! We rounded off the morning with a sneaky vin chaud stop in an authentic chalet d'alpage just off the (not so) beaten track. Definitely recommend!
In May this year we had another great trip to Samoens with Jamie and Mary at Ride the Alps. As requested Jamie had organised three uplifts over the course of the day allowing us to last the day and enjoy lots of fabulous downhill. We stayed in Samoens in excellent accommodation a few steps from the town centre, bars and restaurants. This was our 5th trip and we are looking forward to many more.
For the past 10 years we have been coming on Alpine adventures with Jamie and Mary at Ride the Alps and they always manage to make it a fantastic trip with stories and memories that last until the next time. Jamie is the biz as our guide, with the local knowledge and riding skills that always make our trips memorable. We return home with extra skills to batter the Welsh hillsides. Best of all, Jamie and Mary are always willing to customise and tailor stuff to what we want to do. I cannot wait until next year for another alpine fix with these guys. Why get stuck on a massive tour with set routes and timetables when these guys are much more like visiting the French part of your family and they also happen to be awesome on bikes. The Welsh Boyos always have an amazing trip when we visit the big mountains with Jamie and Mary.
Our C2Z was a well organized, stunning trip from start to finish with amazing trails and descents we would never have found on our own, complimented by great guiding, accommodation and fabulous scenery all the way. All in all an epic ride to remember!
My Chamonix to Zermatt trip ticked all the boxes – great guided route, brilliant riding , stunning scenery and views (helped by the amazing weather) , good company, made new friends and shared stories, really good food and accommodation. Basically – I loved it!
Right from the off I knew choosing Ride the Alps was a good decision. The booking and organisation that Mary provided couldn't have been easier and nothing was ever a problem. On the ride itself it felt as if we were traveling with friends. Jamie’s knowledge of the trails and Josh’s support and entertainment meant that all we had to do was enjoy the riding during the day and relax with a beer in the evening. The six of us reckon it's one of the best overall riding experiences we've had and I'd recommend Ride the Alps to anyone wanting to experience big rides in awesome scenery.
We first went on a Ride the Alps trip in 2006 (Chamonix to Zermatt) and had a fantastic trip. We went out again in 2011 for The Eiger, again a tip-top week away. This year we came out for the TMB trip with Jamie. Once again Jamie did himself proud - great guide, fab route, fantastic weather & awesome singletrack! We will be coming back for another trip with Ride The Alps,
cannot recommend them enough.
My second trip with Ride the Alps, The Alpine Enduro Week lived up to expectations and more. New single track trails everyday to thoroughly satisfy. We biked through a tunnel high up in the Alps, came close to a glacier, recuperated at a thermal bath with an epic water slide but mainly descended the best natural trails as fast as I dared day after day. All in all as good as it gets on a mountain bike. I booked next years trip as soon as I got home! Cannot wait! Thanks Jamie and Mary for a brilliant adventure.
This was a holiday of pure adrenaline and fun in breathtaking scenery. There was a good mix of flow and technical tracks, and little climbing. Another highlight were the hotels that helped our recovery with great food and rest.