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3 Journeys to inspire a last minute MTB Holiday


Trail hunting this summer? It’s still not too late to sign up to one of our tours in the mountains over the coming months! Here are our top late availability tours with space still left:

  1. Something for all levels: Dolomites of Brenta.New to our range for 2016 is this exciting tour of the incredible Brenta Dolomites. This accessible tour has a little something for all to enjoy, from dense forest trails to Alpine pastures aswell as a few spectacular descents to boot.
  2. An epic journey: Highlands C2C. This is a must do trip for any keen mountain biker and a fantastic challenge to tick off your biking bucket list! Get ready to traverse the untamable Highland mountains – the best of the UK.
  3. A technical challenge: Trans Picos. Every type of terrain imaginable will be thrown at you in Northern Spain’s pastoral paradise. These limestone massifs pack a powerful punch and you can expect to tackle everything from dramatic gorges to thrilling singletrack – plenty to test those tyres!

Looking for more inspiration? Click here to see our full range of holidays with late availability.

Feast on our top 4 guaranteed departures


Guaranteed Departures: Late summer getaways with an all-important alfresco pit-stop …

Did you know? All of our guides are trained in the art of picnic creation, which they put to good use during our guided cycling trips. Featuring fresh, local produce and plenty of energising ingredients, we’ll be sure to keep you fuelled on the bikes. But don’t take our word for it! Here are our top guided trips praised for their picnics…

1. St Malo to Nice, France. 
Perfect for: Roadies.
Skedaddle picnics are better than anything Jamie Oliver could rustle up…. and they manage to prepare them by a roadside too! Delicious and plentiful.’ Alison, Surrey

2. La Via Claudia, Austria & Italy.
Perfect For: Leisure lovers.

I expected some lovely packed lunches, but to my utter delight I found the guides travelled around with their own kitchen in a trailer! They provide the most delicious, varied & well presented lunches – no wonder I cycled so well!’ Maria, Lancashire

3. Trans Picos, Spain.
Perfect for: Mountain bikers.
Best lunches ever! Better than any trip I have been on, huge thanks to Dan, Andy and Steve for top-notch catering.’ Bryce, Buckinghamshire

4. Lake District, Chile.
Perfect for: Avdenture seekers.

Luciano’s spreads at lunch were great, I never did work out how and when he got fresh bread, meats and salad stuffs when we were in the middle of a National Park with no shops within miles!’ John, Bath

Looking for more holidays with tasty picnics to enjoy this summer? Click here to see our guranteed departures. NB: Our Bike & Boat tours do not provide picnic lunches.

Skedaddle Espana

Our team down in Andalucía is headed up by Dan Hirst, who cut his teeth in the north of the country guiding on the Camino de Santiago and the Picos before deciding to ‘hang his helmet’ in the south and make Tarifa home for himself, his family and Skedaddle España. For those of you who’ve either been guided by Dan or met him as the face of Skedaddle on our self guided trips, you’ll be familiar with the laid back Spanish approach that he combines with an enviable professional attitude. It’s one hell of a combination and something that seems to have seeped into the veins of his team down there… maybe it’s the sunshine there that melds it all together.

Dan rides: Usually one that nobody else wants…Family comes first eh!  job @ Skedaddle España Head honcho, chief guide, cook and bottle-washer. Why Spain? The Spanish interpretation of time. Where was home? Yorkshire (it’s a state of mind). What do you miss about home? The ladies that call you ‘love’ in the Sweet Shop.

Christine rides: 12yr old GT Tempest MTB, not the most up-to-date but I still love the colour so much I can’t bring myself to get a new one. job @ Skedaddle España Updating the database and website. Why Spain? Definitely the weather! Where was home? Hamburg, Germany (NOT my favourite weather). What do you miss about home? Old friends..the ones that don’t visit!

Stewart rides: Canyon hardtail with a few scratches. job @ Skedaddle España Guide and professional picnic maker. Why Spain? Its beautiful mountains and countryside and that there’s hardly anyone around. Where was home? Manchester – the Sky Blue end. What do you miss about home? Speaking English.

Sabine rides: Specialized Rockhopper, 29. job @ Skedaddle España Bookings, research, social media and support on trips. Why Spain? Good lifestyle and sun. Where was home? Nürnberg, southern Germany. What do you miss about home? Good old friends and family.

Andy rides: Giant Trance 2. job @ Skedaddle España Guide and driver (but only if I can’t ride)! Why Spain? All year good weather for outdoor sports and its miles and miles of wild rocky singletrack. Where was home? The Big Smoke. What do you miss about home? British National Parks and malt loaf.