David waxes lyrically about his time in Colombia and our Emerald Mountains Road Tour

Our most spectacular and ambitious road cycling trip to date,  the Emerald Mountains tour takes us into some of the most dramatic Andean scenery imaginable. Beginning in the high altitude of Colombia’s cosmopolitan capital Bogota and finishing on the shores of the country’s idyllic Caribbean coast, this trip has been designed for experienced riders who genuinely enjoy a challenge. Our route takes us through some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes, entering the famous Zona Cafetera, one of Latin America’s primary coffee growing regions and an area of outstanding natural beauty. We’ll also spend a couple of nights in Medellin, the “City of Eternal Spring” a seductive city which will appeal as much to culture lovers as it will to those in search of nightlife.

David Says : -I’ve been intrigued by Colombia for some time and have been toying with the idea of creating a tour since I joined the company 7 years ago. Aside from the obvious appeal of exploring another Latin American country on 2 wheels, Colombia has a long tradition and rich history in cycling and has produced some of the world’s top climbers and that has always drawn my attention. I’ve always had a yearning to attempt some of the legendary climbs which have given the Vuelta a Colombia such notoriety ; I’ve always been curious to see if I could manage them! Like most people, having heard stories of troubles and unrest, I was a little apprehensive about visiting the country but things have changed dramatically over recent years and during my visits I have been pleasantly surprised and have experienced no difficulty whatsoever. I first took my bike to Colombia 2 years ago, met some local riders and came back with fantasies of running a Skedaddle tour in what I genuinely believe is one of the world’s most exciting countries. I returned earlier this year to turn the dream into reality.

Reality came along and our first ever Colombian road cycling tour ran in early December 2011 and was a huge sucess. Here’s looking to get back there in June and I might even tade in my road bike for my mountain bike as we have just launched a new mountain bike trip here too.

For a some amazing photos of the recent trip – Click Here

For more details on the road cycling trip – Click Here

For more details of the mountain biking trip – Click Here


Winners of the Skedaddle places at 24 hours of Exposure

Congratualtions to Mary Mitchell and Matthew Anderson who have both won places  at 24hours of Exposure in our  latest competition.

We’ll be letting you know how went on after the event and if you didn’t win, then there are still places available – see below for details.

Here’s the details of the competition:

Worth a whopping £65 all you had to do is answer the below question and then we poped all the entries into the Skedaddle Tombolla Drum  / some empty box, shook up  the entries  and hey presto / Bob’s yer Uncle  /  Abracadabra we picked out the names of Mary and Matthew.

Matthew  choose  to enter  either the 12hr and Mary is undecided as yet… maybe she’ll go for the 24hr  event? We’ll be there to cheer them on…come rain or shine (hopefully  shine!!) and you too if you are at the event.

Prize  Included:
Race entry, free camping, trackside light charging from sponsors Exposure Lights, free lubing and bikewash by Juice Lubes, free Torq energy drink, neutral technical support for all riders, free tea, coffee and boiling water for riders, goody bag.

A Little More Information….

Back for 2011, 24 Hours of Exposure and the all new “12 Hours of Exposure” are the UK’s first and only 24 hour and 12 hour mountain bike endurance races for solo riders only and in celebration of the increasingly popular and challenging format of 24 hour solo racing, they’ll be crowning the 24 Hour and 12 Hour MTB Champions of the United Kingdom.

Take a look at the event preview video on YouTube.

Once again they’ve teamed up with long-time endurance race supporters Exposure Lights to provide a unique event worthy of championship status, with a tailor made arena at Rock UK’s Whithaugh Park to cater for the specific needs of a solo rider, and producing a specially designed, motivating 11 mile lap using some of the best man-made, all-weather trails our partners 7Stanes Newcastleton have to offer.

The event is open to competent riders new to 24 and 12 hour racing as well as experienced endurance racers of all nationalities with a whole host of championship titles, prizes…including  a Mountain Biking Weekend from Saddle Skedaddle, spot prizes and rookie awards up for grabs.

Every rider will receive first class race support with help from our sponsors Exposure Lights, Morvelo, Saddle Skedaddle, Joolze Dymond Photography, Rock UK, 7Stanes, Torq, Juice Lubes, Ergon, USE, Vitesse and XCRacer.com

So…less of the blurb and here’s was the question?

Q – Skedaddle will be helping sponsor another event in that neck of the woods in early September 2011 – What’s this event called?
Need a clue? Click Here

Email your answer to andrew@skedaddle.co.uk and we’ll announce the winner on St Patricks Day …that’s gonna give you a Magnificent 7 Weeks to get into shape and may the luck of the Irish be with you!!

Already entred and need some training then we’ve grab a place on one of our weekends – let us have your 24 Hours of Exposure Entry Number and you’ll get 5% off the weekend too!!

Mountain biking in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco with Skedaddle – Limited places on all early 2011 holidays

Thinking of an exotic biking / cycling  getaway this spring then Morocco is for you. With the  UK winter hanging on in there we’ve seen a big increase in people signing up for our  Morocco trips in early 2011.

Although you’ll need to wait a little while for the next road cycling trip – next trip 04 November, both the 25 February and 25 March Atlas to Desert trips are guaranteed departures and have a few spaces spare.

A tad later and the Atlas to Atlantic (09-16 April) is getting very full as is the Atlas Traverse (13-22 May)

So…if Morocco is on your radar in the next few months, then don’t leave it too late!

Atlas to Desert   – £995 + Flights (10 day trips) Feb, March, April, Sept, Oct

This superb desert biking adventure focuses on the deep south of Morocco, a land of big skies and stark mountain ranges where mud-brick kasbahs appear to rise up out of the desert, sitting in tranquil palm oases and framed by dramatic backdrops of snowcapped mountains. We ride along Morocco‘s dirt roads, from Marrakech to the Tichka Pass, the highest in the High Atlas, and then southward, descending along the Draa Valley to the fringes of the Sahara Desert.

It’s a trip suitable for those who have a good level of fitness and who have done some mountain biking before. Needless to say, there are some wonderful descents for those looking for a blast!!!

Atlas to Atlantic – £795 + flights (April, October, November)

Starting and finishing in the enthralling melting-pot of Arab and African culture which is Marrakech, we spend three days biking along a mixture of rough dirt roads and mountainous single tracks, first in the foothills and then at higher altitudes of the Atlas Mountains, before a couple of days of coastal forest trails, camel rides, and winding down, in laidback Essaouira, Morocco’s most enticing coastal spot.

An ideal spring and autumn break for intermediate off road riders seeking some fun trails and a cultural experience.

Atlas Traverse – £895 + flights (10 day trips) – May and September

A classic north-south atlas crossing, suitable for those with mountain bike experience and a good basic level of fitness. One notch up on the scale from our Atlas to Desert trip, it is perfect for those looking for a challenging off road trip in Morocco.

We’ll explore Morocco‘s best regions for mountain biking, with mile upon mile of uninterrupted jeep tracks and trails. On this biking adventure we take on some challenging climbs and superb descents en route from the verdant valley of Ait Bougmez to the striking Dades Gorge in the Moroccan south. The variety of landscape is staggering – from stark mountains and fertile valleys, to rocky gorges, to rivers and pine forests and isolated windswept plateaux.

Road Atlas – £995 + flights (10 day trips) – February and November

If you prefer the smooth rolling of a road bike rather than the dusty trails of our mountain bike holidays the expanding network of quiet tarmac roads throughout the Atlas Mountains ensure there’s never been a better time for road cyclists to visit. Covering an average of 70-90km per day, our Atlas Road Tour takes a challenging route over a mountainous landscape and offers riders challenging climbs and exciting descents on traffic-free roads.

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