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 son and I had a wonderful time on the bicycle trip of a lifetime. I was not sure what we were getting in to and lacked a bit of confidence before we took off. Ben was a terrific host and made everything easier. He was informative of the area, had maps to clearly show our itinerary and a van to serve us needed snacks and drinks on a more than timely basis. Ben could not have been more hospitable if we needed a break, extra layers to keep warm or anything else I could think of. He warned us of things to watch out for and was always “right on the money!” In addition, we were a small tour group, bonded well and I believe enjoyed each other’s company.
If you choose to go on this trip, Ben is definitely the man to guide you.
Tour Date: four day trip concluding 7/24/17
This was my first cycling tour, and I was beyond impressed. Ben took care of everything, so all we had to do was put in the kilometers in the saddle. After hard segments, the support van was always there with hot drinks and delicious snacks. I highly recommend Mountain Madness to anyone considering a bike tour. Even if you’ve never pedaled more than a few kilometers, Ben’s setup makes it enjoyable and doable.
Tour Date: 7/6/17
Ben’s tours are top notch! The scenery is spectacular, and the cycling is fantastic, but it was Ben’s attention to detail and desire to make sure that everyone on the tour had an incredible experience that made this tour special. He has thought of everything! Staying at the hostels is a wonderful experience that allows you to get a bit closer to nature, and is a bit more off the beaten path. I would enthusiastically recommend Ben’s tours – two big thumps up!
Tour Date: June 2017
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
My daughter, her husband, two friends and I completed the Jasper to Banff tour. We were all impressed by the level of organization and attention to detail of a Mountain Madness Tour. It was organized with multiple breaks every day to ensure that we saw as much of the natural beauty as possible. At the well timed breaks, the snacks seemed to be endless with a good variety.
The scenery is stunning! The cycling is generally not too difficult, allowing us to take in the view while rolling along, with two steep climbs that you have to get up. Our group of varying abilities were all able to meet the challenge.
The hotels were clean and adequate for our tired bodies and the food selections were good.
I have been on other organized bike tours in Europe and this one rates highly. I wholeheartedly recommend this trip and I we were all sad to see it end so quick. Thanks Kevin!
Tour Date: Aug 4-7, 2017
My husband and I rode the Jasper to Banff tour with Ben and it’s one of the most memorable riding experiences we’ve had. The scenery was spectacular, of course. The companionship was great! The food and accommodations were excellent. The unexpected bonus was all the wildlife we saw: elk, bears, and mountain sheep.
But more than all that, Ben’s service is unbeatable. He’s super well-organized and it seems that nothing has escaped his attention. Ben made us feel very well cared for. He’s really thought of everything that can make his guests’ experience enjoyable. I had a flat tire on the first day. We radioed Ben and he was there promptly with a wheel that was ready to go. Our group had individuals with special food requirements. Ben had a variety of snacks to meet all the special requirements and made arrangements at the restaurants to cover all the special needs. He carries extras of a lot of stuff in his well-supplied trailer, so if you’ve forgotten something, chances are Ben’s got it stashed neatly in his kit. He’s even got a yoga mat if you need a comfortable spot to stretch your legs!
Best of all, Ben never seems to run out of smiles or enthusiasm. He’s not only knowledgeable and accessible, but he’s a lot of fun to be with, too.
Thanks for all that you put into making our tour great, Ben! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who’s considering riding the Alberta Rockies.
Tour Date: June 9-12, 2017Tammie - June 2017
What an amazing experience cycling in rocky mountains. This trip is one of my most memorable one. We wanted do this route (Jasper-2-Banff) for long time but was not comfortable in organizing the logistics ourselves. Then we met Ben Johnson @ Mountain Madness Tours, a top notch company. Ben was amazing in organizing everything for us. Especially, the snack bar in his truck is like a “Diego back pack”, everything you would like to eat is available there. We were well fed and had tons of energy to complete the trip with a radiant smiles.
I highly recommend Ben’s company for any cycling endeavours.
Tour Date: 23 July, 2017
Ben offers the most complete support for a bike ride that is out of this world. The scenery is breathtaking. I had to stop a few times during the ride to ponder whether what I was looking at was real!
Through the years, Ben has worked on perfecting the manner in which he supports bike rides. He now has something unique and special to offer. In spite of this, he is quite flexible. In our case, he was willing to customize his tour to allow us to experience more things along the way, and he even joined us in some of these activities. His thoughtfulness and kindness make the ride more enjoyable, and if you are open to it, you may even make a new friend by the end of the ride.
You cannot go wrong riding with Ben.
Tour Date: July 25th 2017 – August 30th 2017
My friend and I signed up to ride through Jasper to Banff in July 2017 and could not have had a better experience. Ben is extremely organized and goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has the best experience. I can’t think of anything that could have been better. He somehow even made the weather cooperate perfectly for us. 🙂 Thank you so much Ben for the best Canadian Rocky adventure!
Tour Date: July 6-12, 2017
Thank you so much for arranging our custom six-day ride from Jasper to Banff. You picked a great itinerary, gave us clear instructions, set up correct expectations for each section of the ride, met us with a smile on your face at every rest stop and with snacks or lunch, took great photos, and clearly enjoyed being with us throughout the trip. We had a superb ride through this very scenic parkway and you suggested and accompanied us on great side trips or hikes. Making the e-bike available was very helpful and we cannot thank you enough. You really enjoy your job, going out in nature, and being helpful to the riders. The ride, scenery, and you made for the best vacation ever!
Koushik and Stacy, July 2017
Tour Date: July 25-30, 2017Koushik and Stacy
Amazing! Holiday of a lifetime!
Thanks for taking care of us Ben. You are a champion!
Tour Date: June 30th to July 3rd, 2017Lynn July 17
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