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!
I would recommend this trip to all bicycle riders out there with fitness levels that do not need to be so elite. I was a little apprehensive prior to the ride and in consultation with Ben, he was able to offer the necessary information on the ride which allowed me to make my decision to book. To be able to say you biked the Rockies is such a beautiful thing! Ben was on top of all ride details and logistics which made for a very comfortable experience. The four riding days coupled with the riding distance each day is perfectly set out. Accommodations and food were top notch which made for relaxing evenings after each daily ride. I look forward to booking this trip once again in the near future and I know all you riders out there will not be disappointed if you decide on Mountain Madness Tours. Lastly, forgot to mention the amazing scones Ben picked up in Jasper which were a hit for a good part of our trip!
Tour Date: July 2019
Riding along the Icefields Parkway is a singular experience: Beautiful mountain peaks, ice fields, glaciers, valleys, lakes and falls is overwhelming. Every kilometer offered gorgeous scenery. We encountered inclement weather and it, too, was part of the beautiful mosaic that is the Rockies.
Ben perfected the logistics by arranging the accommodations, meals (all enjoyable), ensuring our safety with briefings (“stories”) of the day’s course and safety alerts, and patrolling the course to make sure everyone was having a good time. The fully-equipped rig was a welcome sight at scenic rest stops (e.g. the Columbia Icefields), and there was a great spread of food, refreshments, water, electrolyte drinks and fresh fruit. He was also a master mechanic, and maintained the rental bikes (mine did not miss a shift throughout the tour) as well the personal bikes brought by two of the participants.
In addition to Ben’s hospitality, he was kind enough to accommodate those of us who terminated the ride in Banff by adding a spur around Lake Minnewanka and surprised us at the end with pizzas and crew photos. Our group bonded well and Ben was the ideal leader. There is none finer.
I unreservedly recommend Mountain Madness Tours. I hope to sign up for another one.
Tour Date: August 2018
Tour Date: 01 June
Tour Date: August 25-28, 2017
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
Tour Date: 7/6/17
Tour Date: June 2017
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!
EPIC! This was my first organized cycling road tour that I participated in and it totally exceeded my expectations! Ben is incredibly organized from booking to the end of the tour drop offs. He had each day lined up on a chart, descriptions of the terrain, distances to rest stops, etc. At each rest stop snacks set were out with stools ready for an energy recharge. He even swept gravel off of the shoulders of the some of the road and brought our bags right to our hotel room doors! There was extra equipment/accessories available for those who may have been missing extra items, like waterproof shoe covers. There were walkie talkies available to communicate with him when cell serve was unavailable, which was a great safety feature when we weren’t quite sure where the next regroup stop was. Hotels and restaurant choices were wonderful, comfortable and the food was awesome! He took very nice quality photos of us along the way and shared some epic shots that he had taken on previous tours. It was so great to not have to think or worry about any details; everything was handled. He was super chill and relaxed but also precise and very organized. I would totally recommend touring with Ben to anyone interested in road cycling touring through the Alberta Rockies AND I would LOVE to do another tour with him again! SO GOOD!
Tour Date: July 5-8, 2019
Tour Date: July 16, 2018
Tour Date: 8 June – 11 June 2018
Tour Date: August 25 – 28
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
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, 2017
I highly recommend Ben’s company for any cycling endeavours.
Tour Date: 23 July, 2017
Tour Date: 24 to 27 August 2018
Great ride and experience! You were an awesome host with a well planned out awesome ride through the Canadian Rockies. Great riding with the other ten. All great people with great camaraderie. Would recommend you in a heartbeat!
Tour Date: August 24, 2018
Tour Date: Sept 14- Sept 18, 2017
Christine and Miles
Tour Date: Aug 25-28
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
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, 2017
Thanks for taking care of us Ben. You are a champion!
Tour Date: June 30th to July 3rd, 2017
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!