H+I Adventures is leading the charge in the “e-volution” of mountain bike travel, launching a new collection of international tours designed specifically for e-mountain bikes (E-MTB) in 2020. Riders will get to experience sensational landscapes, take on challenging climbs and thrilling descents, and enjoy culinary and cultural experiences.
The new E-MTB tours for 2020 take place in Namibia, Croatia, Switzerland, Slovenia and Spain, going farther and faster with the assist of an E-MTB. Depending on destination, eight- to 12-day departures are available May through October 2020.
Responding to the increase in popularity of e-mountain bikes, technological advances and customer demand, H+I spent years researching the specific needs of E-MTB equipment and riders. Rather than simply adding e-bikes as an option on its traditional mountain bike adventures, H+I developed a separate category of tours to complement them on which all riders use E-MTBs.
“We recognised early on that e-mountain biking is different from traditional mountain biking and could not just be ‘bolted on’ to our existing adventures without compromise,” said Euan Wilson, CEO of H+I Adventures. “We wanted to take time to learn as much as we could about e-mountain bikes, E-MTB riders and travel by E-MTB, and we’ve designed these new tours to allow riders to join the next ‘e-volution’ of mountain bike travel.”
Among the needs H+I took into consideration in designing its new tours are avoiding trails where lifting or carrying the bike would be required or where there are substantial river crossings, factoring in battery life and charging time, and selecting destinations where e-mountain biking is already popular, where good quality bike rentals are available and where local guides have significant experience with E-MTB.
“Among the growing number of e-mountain bike fans are many of our guides, so it made sense to craft the first of our E-MTB adventures in those destinations where our guides had the most experience,” Wilson said.
In Namibia, pedal across vast plains and sand dunes, spotting zebra, kudu and oryx, and connecting with local communities along the way.
Meanwhile, on the Croatia tour, journey from the lush green interior of Istria to quiet coastal single track and the piercing blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.
Put the seamless Swiss transport system to use accessing backcountry riding and flow trails in the beautiful Graubünden region when you embark on one of the new Switzerland E-MTB tours.
Become immersed in Slovenia, Austria and Italy while riding from the Julian Alps to the shimmering Adriatic Sea.
In Spain, circumnavigate Andalucía’s Sierra Nevada from white-washed mountain villages to desert badlands and historic Granada, enjoying local cheeses, jamon and red wine.