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A cycle holiday needs a combination of careful planning -to create the perfect trip - and great professional guides - to bring that perfect trip to life.

Since 1996 we’ve worked hard to build our own small team of expert guides, and at the same time forge partnerships with some impressive, professional people around the world. This page explains how this helps us to create, and then take you on, a range of wonderful travel experiences.

Planning in Partnership

As a small, independent company we always take a “hands on” approach to everything we do. When we work abroad we don’t just let local operators create tours for us to sell - at CycleActive we are involved in every stage of the planning process.

For over 20 years now our team have been designing cultural and adventure tours, writing for travel magazines, and leading journeys all over the world. Through strong partnerships built over many years, we have been able to share this knowledge with experts in every country we operate in.

This combination of local know-how and our long tour-planning tradition lets us create standout holidays, from easy tours in exotic lands to adventurous journeys in remote and beautiful settings.

When you call us we can use this knowledge to give you plain, honest advice. The team here is friendly and very well informed so we’ll always be ready to give you the low down on a destination before you book, or while you’re getting ready to travel.

Guiding in Partnership

Our guides deliver a level of safety and service that is hard to match. They are some of the best, most highly qualified and experienced leaders in the world – read their profiles and find out about our guiding partnerships around the world more

Our Corporate Partners

The companies listed below are great supporters of CycleActive and have worked with us in many ways, for many years.


 trek CycleActive

We’re proud to be working with the bike company we believe is leading the way in design, quality and performance across all cycling disciplines. With Britain’s XC Olympic rider Liam Killeen racing his mountain bikes, and world number 1 downhiller Tracey Moseley racing for them too, this is a company that’s really driving the bike industry.





 gore CycleActive

The serious cyclist needs serious clothing if they want to be comfortable and perform to their best in all conditions. For over 8 years we’ve been fully supported by Gore and we’re working with them still, as no other kit lets our guides perform at their very best – wherever they are, whatever they’re doing, whatever the weather.





 buff CycleActive

The ultimate flexible garment, fashion statement, safety kit or souvenir. Whether you wear it under your helmet to keep rain out, heat in or sweat off, the standard Buff is superb. In winter the fleece versions are life savers. Buff fully sponsor all guides and support our youth development work at major cycle events too





 adidas CycleActive

The combination of high quality optics, flexible lens choices and a wide range of high performance designs made Adidas eyewear the natural choice for CycleActive and our guides. All staff wear Adidas on the trails, and CycleActive boss Chris Ford is an avid fan of the prescription insert system, which he has used since 2004.





 clif CycleActive

Probably the tastiest and healthiest trail bar on the market, Clif Bar now support CycleActive and provide us with all the bars we need to keep our staff and clients rolling. Founded in 1992 by Gary Erikson with original recipes created by his mother, and a company named after his father, Clif Bar have gone on to become a leader in their field. Using mainly certified organic ingredients they provide the right mix of protein, carbohydrates and fibre for sports enthusiasts to thrive on





 661 CycleActive

The world’s leading provider of personal protective equipment to mountain bikers. We work closely with 661 and use a wide range of their products when guiding, coaching and just getting out into demanding terrain on our mountain bikes. With a full range that covers everything from junior cyclists to bmx racers to light weight xc armour or full downhill protection, 661 is at the cutting edge of PPE design.





 wheelbase CycleActive

Our bike store partner for the southern Lake District with coverage of the whole of the UK – Wheelbase is officially the largest cycle shop in Britain. They stock every major brand that we work with – Trek, Gore, 661 and more – as well as a host of other mountain, road and bmx biking products. The customer service for you, your fleet or your centre is second to none.





 seb CycleActive

Seb Rogers is one of the top mountain biking photographers in the UK. His work is regularly seen in both What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK magazines and he is now working with us on our photographic courses. Check out the website for some truly inspiring images.





 24 CycleActive

Bontrager Twentyfour12 is an endurance Mountain Bike Race around a course of approximately 12-14km, entirely off road. As part of our work with major event sponsor Trek bikes we’ll be running mountain bike training sessions and a youth training course at the event, right through the weekend.





 object CycleActive

The website of photographer Andy McCandlish. We’ve worked with Andy on a range of shoots including a hike up Striding Edge to Helvelyn summit with bikes on rucksacks, to ride off the other side. If this wasn’t crazy enough we were making a film about it for the Kendal Film Festival Extreme Film School so Andy had to capture both the biking and filming action for a feature to appear in What Mountain Bike!





 CRC Mountain Marathon CycleActive

The most popular series of bike rides in Britain are the Merida 100 Marathons. From 2006 we’ll be sponsoring the events, giving out holidays as prizes and also running skills training rides and coaching sessions on the day before the big ride. While the riders are doing their 100km epic on Sunday we’ll be running fun training sessions on bikes for youngsters and adults.





 biketreks CycleActive

A shop with a reputation for excellence, right in the heart of The Lake District – you know you’ll find what you need at BikeTreks. At the end of 2005 they moved to major new premises next to The Glasshouse in Ambleside so they’ve increased their stock of bikes, accessories and also their clothing ranges, especially for women.





 cycle CycleActive

CycleSurgery is the premier group of bike shops in the London region, and they work exclusively in partnership with CycleActive.  In each shop you will not only find expert staff and a great range of products, but our clients will have access to special rates and full pre-tour information and guidance too.  Look out for more developments between CycleSurgery and CycleActive.








“The itinerary was excellent and you got the impression that he (the guide) was going the extra mile to find ways for us to take advantage of the pleasures of the different locations we were in. Alberto was a highlight!”


Emelia, London
(Cuba cycle holiday)




“Excellent guide in Rich and fantastic guide in Hassan. Had their work cut out with our group missing flight and also injury but dealt with these issues really well. Cycling conditions were a real test but would not have any other way.”


Dominic, Warwickshire (Morocco mountain bike holiday)




“A very good course well structured to the needs of the group. The instructor had great knowledge of the skills and passed his knowledge on in an easy to understand, enthusiastic manner.”


Grant, Cumbria Police Mountain Bike Club







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