BikeToursDirect has partnered with SORBA to offer two overseas MTB tours in 2014 available exclusively to SORBA members. Details are below for tours in Scotland and Mexico next year, offered through BikeToursDirect and operated by H&I Adventures. To help educate SORBA members on this exciting travel program, BikeToursDirect staff and H&I Adventures owner and premier worldwide mountain bike tour guide Euan Wilson will be hosting a group ride series with several SORBA chapters.
The Highland Rides will be held September 26 through October 8 in NC, GA, TN, and AL (details and registration instructions below). Euan Wilson has ridden all over the world -- Spain, Canada, Ecuador, Nepal, and his native Scotland -- but this will be his first trip to the U.S. BikeToursDirect is working with several SORBA chapters to showcase some of the South's best trail systems. After each ride, Euan will talk about his experiences riding all around the world, as well as give more information on the upcoming tours in Mexico and Scotland for SORBA members.
All attendees at The Highland Rides will be entered to win a tour package in Mexico or Scotland just for coming out to ride with BikeToursDirect and Euan -- the drawing winner will receive a free package of their choice of 2014 SORBA-exclusive tour. Join the Facebook event to stay up to date on all event details.
Highland Rides schedule
Saturday, September 28: (9:30am) Bull Mountain Trailhead, Dahlonega GA. (BikeToursDirect will also have a booth at the 6-Gap Expo, riders will be invited to come hang out after the ride)
Sunday, September 29: (12pm) DuPont, Brevard NC (meeting afterward at the Hub/ Pisgah Tavern)
Monday, September 30: Pisgah Forest, time and trail TBD (meeting afterward at the Hub/ Pisgah Tavern)
Tuesday, October 1: (5pm) Blankets Creek, Woodstock GA (meeting afterward, location TBD)
Wednesday, October 2:
(9am) Bear Creek Trailhead, Ellijay Ga
(Evening) Meeting in Birmingham with BUMP
Thursday, October 3: (5:30pm) Oak Mountain with the Dirtee Thursday Ride with Cahaba Cycles, Birmingham
Friday, October 4: (5pm) Stringers Ridge, Chattanooga (Leaving from Suck Creek Cycle)
Saturday, October 5:
(11am) Raccoon Mountain, East Overlook Parking lot, Chattanooga.
(7pm) Social at the Crash Pad (Chattanooga) with Euan and Hubert, owner of bike tour operator RadReisefreunde in Austria. Drawing for the winner of the free SORBA tour package!
Sunday, October 6: (11am) 5-Points Trailhead, Lookout Mtn/Chattanooga
We are still looking for ride leaders and post-ride meeting locations for DuPont, Pisgah, and Blankets Creek. If you would like to lead a ride in one of these locations, let us know! Ride leaders get extra tickets in the drawing for the free tour package!
Questions about The Highland Rides or SORBA-exclusive tours? Contact Richie Daigle at 423.756.8907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 SORBA-exclusive MTB tours
Cairngorms Mountain Bike and Boat Adventure (Scotland)
Get ready for an epic ride through the Scottish Highlands! You'll ride singletrack in Cairngorms National Park, hike remote islands only accessible by boat, explore lochs and glens from the saddle, and taste Scotch whiskey at the distillery source. Half the week is based in a hotel, and the other half you'll stay on a modified rescue boat to access the most remote reaches of the northern Scottish Isles. SORBA-exclusive departure: June 6, 2014
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Mountain Bike Adventure and Food Tour in Oaxaca (Mexico)
Explore the stunning Sierra Norte mountains on two wheels while soaking up the culture - and amazing cuisine - of the Zapotec people of Oaxaca. Ride on newly rediscovered Zapotec trails, tour an ancient archaeological site, stay in an eco-tourism partnership village, and experience a cooking class to learn how to take the flavors of this fascinating land home with you. SORBA-exclusive departure: April 12, 2014
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