FAQ – MTB TREKS HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

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MTB TREKS HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

THE RIDING

WHEN DOES THE SEASON START ?
We usually start riding at the end of March all the way till the mid of October. This is when the weather is at its best. However if the weather lets us, we’ll also ride outside of this period.
WHAT ARE THE TRAILS LIKE AND ARE THEY DIFFICULT ?
The trails range from fairly challenging to extremely difficult and technical. You can find here simple off-roading, smooth single tracks, asphalt section being closed to general traffic and set right in the middle of wilderness, and steep rocky trails that will test your skills and courage. All these trails are set to the mind blowing views of valleys, woods, lakes and rivers.
ARE THE TRAILS FAR AWAY FROM WHERE WE WILL BE STAYING ?
Some trails will require us to do a hard peddling to get there, but hey… that’s the whole idea about mountain biking, we’ll be riding across two different countries. We do use a support car to get to some mountain sections, but generally we do a lot of pedaling:)
HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE ?
You don’t need to be super fit, part of our experience is about making you fitter and healthier. Saying this, the area is quite hilly and can be quite challenging for someone out of shape even on easy trails. Someone who wants to get full experience and beauty of the place will need determination and be in fairly good shape. To give you an idea, if you are loosing your breath walking a few flights of stairs, you will have difficult time riding easy trails, so you might need some preparation. If in doubt contact us for more info.
DO I NEED TO HIRE A BIKE ? BRING MY OWN ? HOW DOES IT WORK ?
Although good quality XC and free ride mountain bikes are included in MTB treks holiday experience packages, we really recommend your own bike for a better fit and comfort. Also if you are likely to damage a bike (riding like crazy, jumping from heights), you will need to bring your own rig or hire it. For more info go to Equipment.
DO I NEED PROTECTION GEAR?
Although some hire shops provide some basic protection with bikes, we really recommend your own for a better fit and comfort. You might also consider adding chin guard, goggles or sunglasses and gloves. Let’s face it, you never know when you might fall off your bike, and that might happen no matter how easy the trail, it will hurt much less if you are well padded.
WHAT OTHER KIT WILL I NEED ?
Depending on time of the year you might need usual summer riding clothes, shoes or something warmer for late Autumn days. Even for summer experience we recommend waterproof jacket and some jumper, temperature at high altitudes can sometimes get a little bit low. Don’t forget about your cycle backpack and water bottle. Apart from that, bring whatever you usually take with you on your holiday.
CAN I BRING OVER MY CHILDREN ?
Sure, but for most of our riding trips they’ll need to be confident riders. Generally an over 12 year old confident rider can manage many of trails being classified as easy on the technicality scale. They will still need a reasonable fitness to complete their rides. If you have children who don’t ride yet, we have bike trailers that can be used on flat mountain bike trails. Also many of the hotels offer baby sitting services.

 

PACKAGES / BOOKING / PAYMENTS

WHAT PACKAGE SHOULD I CHOOSE ?
We are here for you whether you want one-day single-track epic experience or the whole week package. Although to fully experience our amazing trails we recommend 7 days package. But you can choose any length of period you wish to ride outside of 7 day package offer. Just let us know the details.
CAN I BOOK A DATE THAT SUITS ME ?
Another great thing about MTB Treks Holiday Experience is that you are not restricted to fixed dates, you and your party can choose any date to ride. For your own experience structure choose Custom Mountain Biking Experience. For more info hit contact button at the top of the page.
HOW DO I MAKE ENQUIRY ?
Contact button is located at the very end of menu at the top of the page. Just click here or there, either will get you our full attention.
HOW DO I BOOK AND MAKE A PAYMENT ?
To book you will simply need to fill in your chosen MTB Package. Shortly after you will receive a confirmation email with the links and choice to pay: 1- through Paypal, 2- make a payment to MTB Treks’ bank account. Both options are very secure.
DO I NEED AN INSURANCE COVER ?
Yes you do. Make sure you’ll apply for European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), formerly E111 card. It is free and will cover you for any emergency hospital treatment you may need. You will also need a specific insurance for a mountain biking holiday to make sure you won’t only be covered for emergencies but also for helicopter rescue emergencies, recovery and rehabilitation. It’s really worth and not expensive at all. In the UK they start as low as 15 pounds. The reason why non of the companies offer it to their clients is purely based on bureaucracy that complicates lives of small businesses. Alternatively you might choose a holiday insurance package offered by the airlines you fly with.

 

TRAVEL / ACCOMMODATION / WEATHER

WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY TO ?
The closest air port is in Wroclaw, 1 hour and 50 minutes away from UK. Ryan Air and Wizz Air fly there daily from all major airports in UK. You can also fly to Prague in Czech Republic which is slightly farther away.
HOW DO I GET TO KARPACZ FROM AIRPORT ?
Pick up and drop off are included in your MTB treks holiday experience at Wroclaw airport, so you don’t need to worry about it. If you happen to land at different airport, an additional fees will apply. Alternatively, if you wish to hire a car, you can easily do it at the airport. Karpacz is 1-1.5 h away from Wroclaw.
CAN I DRIVE TO KARPACZ FROM UK ?
Driving over will be longer (14 hours) and more tiring, but can be cheaper than flying if you are car-sharing. Otherwise we recommend you to fly, it’s only 1h and 50 minutes flight and tickets can be really cheap. However here’s a quick link to your road planner if you decide to drive.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
If you opt for your own accommodation you should check in your hotel room one day before the start date of your experience and check out one day after. We start early morning, so coming and riding on the same day is not an option. If you arrive late and leave early, you will simply miss some riding.
HOW EXPENSIVE ARE LUXURIES HOTELS ?
An accommodation is offered in your package. However if you decide to book an alternative hotel with more luxury, you can do it at your own cost. Accommodation standard will depends on how much money you want to spend on it. Full board hotels with room service, spas, saunas, swimming pools, can cost only 60-70 pounds a day/night, depending on time of the year. You can also rent the whole house or chalet accommodating from 10 to 20 people for about £700-£1500 a week, which can be a great deal if you are coming in a larger group. Go to Karpacz Places To Stay for more details.
HOW ABOUT THE FOOD ?
Food is amazing, top restaurants offer choice of Polish and International cuisine and always use the highest quality products. You’ll also find here bakery shops, food stores and local farmers selling the highest quality organic food.
WHAT'S THE NIGHT LIFE LIKE ?
You’ll always find someone to join you for a night of beer, cocktails and great fun. Party wise, well, nightlife is not the same as in Ibiza, but by no means it can get crowdy in some places, especially during season time. Fridays and Saturdays are always reserved for nights of dancing and fun, no matter what time of the year it is.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ?
Generally the weather is great and much better than in UK. Between April and mid October temperature rarely goes down below 18 degrees C. In May, June, July and August you can expect temperatures well above 20 degrees C, sometimes reaching even 35 degrees at the foot of the mountains in the middle of the summertime. Higher parts of the mountains can be slightly colder making the temperature perfect for mountain biking. But don’t put your coat on just yet, the frequent phenomenon in Karkonosze Mountains called thermal inversion, can often cause the warmer air to be higher than the colder which means the higher you are the higher temperature is. Sometimes in the season we can get a few days of rain come in, but it is really impossible to predict. However summer spells of rain are quite warm keeping you riding in your sleeveless. Winters are quite cold and snowy and usually reserved for skiing and snowboarding.
WHAT OTHER ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPECT ?
Apart from mountain biking, there is plenty of other things to do over here. Medieval castles, palaces, aqua parks, rock climbing, summer sledding, flying in a glider, 4×4 off-road experiences, bungee jumping and much more.