I had the great opportunity to ride with Ben for the first half of a 12 day tour (Jasper to Canmore). It is definitely one of the best vacations I have had ever. The accommodations and meals were excellent. Ben's great personality is infectious and brings the group together. The highlight for me was Day 4 from Sunwapta Falls to Saskatchewan Crossing. You get a great climb up past the Athabaska glacier and then the second half of the day is pretty much all downhill. If you have the chance this trip is an absolute must.
My husband and I cycled the Jasper to Banf route in August. We are not cyclists and this was our first big cycle trip – but with Ben’s support, enthusiasum, encouragement, organization, great snacks, fabulous bikes and general all over niceness, we made it in one piece! What an amazing trip it was. From the first email contact Ben went above and beyond what I expected and made the trip really, really great – the highlight of my trip to Canada. Oh, and the scenery was breathtaking too!
Nici and Stevie (Scotland)
My experience with Mountain Madness Tours couldn’t have been any better!
I ran in the Canadian Death Race this year, and needed to get from Jasper to Grande Cache. I had to go meet him all the way at MY FRONT DOOR!!!! Honestly, where else can you get this service? After the event was over, Ben went out of his way to make sure I had time to go to the awards breakfast!
Will be using this service again next year FOR SURE!Kyle, October 2011
We decided to ‘push the boat out’ for a seriously major cycling holiday this summer to thoroughly re-charge our batteries for another year at work.
My ‘better half’ was looking for ideas when she was captivated by a description of a trip through the Canadian Rockies written by Mark Beaumont on one of his mega cycle challenges.
So she started researching options on the Internet and came upon Mountain Madness and Ben.
We were initially tempted by the full 12 day tour from Jasper to Waterton National Park, but were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to keep up with the daily mileage and started thinking about the shorter tours.
We got in touch with Ben, who reassured us that an average level of fitness would be more than adequate to complete the full tour, which turned out to be quite right. What we didn’t realize was that the Canadian roads through the Rockies are big, wide and mostly have a great cycling surface in the roadside shoulder where most of the kms are ridden, with relatively modest climbs, rarely above 4.5 %! The max gradient is 8.5% for a short distance.
The somewhat forbidding metres climbed on paper were not a problem on the ride because they were over several kms at these gradient rates! Check out the YouTube vids other clients have shot.
Anyway, Ben said, if someone hits ‘the wall’ they can simply jump in his minibus to recover and the bike goes into his magic trailer!
We spend most of our riding time in the Lake District and other hilly parts of the UK, when most rides include many ascents, usually short, but up to 25% on occasions. This takes its toll on the legs, so 80kms is a long ride for us normally.
With Ben’s diligent support and regular re-stoking with intelligent, yummy snacks and meals from the Ben Cafe, (which appears from his Dr Who’s Tardis like trailer to make a very welcome sight), the kms fly by! He knows exactly when and where to set up a stop. There is usually something spectacular to see as well! The astounding mountain scenery just seems to get better and better as the days roll by!
This was the first supported tour we have been on. The hire bikes were great and it was very mentally relaxing just to roll out of bed in the morning and jump on the bike after breakfast for the day’s adventure, knowing that a good meal and another bed await, all arranged by Ben. No hassles, just riding, eating and socializing with the other folk on the tour. Marvellous! We all had a great time and it was a very fulfilling experience to get to know the other riders who had amazing stories to tell!
Ben was unceasingly cheerful and always a pleasure to be with. He has some amazing stories of his own, which explain how he knows so much about fitness levels and nutrition, but you’ll have to join one of his tours to hear them for yourself!Duncan Stevenson, August 2015