Global Luxury Travel Guide Award for Bueno Bike

Cycling = Happiness …..this is just the icing on the cake, thanks everybody who has contributed to the success.

LTGA Nomination

 

Here’s the message we got from the LGA during the week.

Congratulations Mick, you have won Bike Tour Operator of the Year for Lanzarote in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards!

Sponsored by United Airlines, the awards program selects winners based on their achievements and strengths in the travel industry. We received an overwhelming number of superb nominations this year and the judging panel had the unenviable task of selecting those firms, teams and individuals within each category most worthy of an award.

All winners of the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our experienced in-house professionals as well as a number of celebrity guest judges. This ensures that only the most deserving teams, businesses and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades. Award winners that have demonstrated success and innovation will gain a place in our soon-to-be published award winners’ guide, which will be distributed to over 500,000 readers.

All of Luxury Travel Guide Award programs represent the pinnacle of achievement, championing the best in their respective fields, therefore to come out as a clear winner is an achievement to be proud of.

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Luxury Travel Guide Awards – Nomination

We’re feeling really chuffed at Bueno Bike Lanzarote this week. We’ve been nominated for the Luxury Travel Guide Awards sponsored by United Airlines.

LTGA Nomination

 

 

 

The Luxury Travel Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Their team of experts have scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies.

Thank you for the nomination guys and a big shout out to everybody who has joined us on a bike tour and of course the bike shops who work really hard behind the scenes to have the best bikes available for the tours.

 

The definitions of tiredness…..Life of a Bike Tour Guide – Vol.3

The life of a bike tour guide, easy job, very easy if you love it!

I love my bike

You don’t think of the physical demands, but sometimes, like it or lump it, you are tired in the morning, not because of a late night or lack of sleep but cycling day in day out for days on end. Every morning, no matter what happens, I’m almost fist pumping at the idea of another great day on the bike!

Here’s a selection of some of my morning mishaps 🙂

  1. Riding out an MTB for a road bike tour
  2. Mixing up the hair-gel, the hand-wash and the toothpaste
  3. Locking the front door and the bike is still in the house
  4. Odd socks, normally only noticed when I get home
  5. Camera has no battery or memory card

Occasionally, I have forgotten to put on a helmet but you get that immediate “I feel naked” moment when you sit up on the bike and you go back inside to get it.

There’s 2 things I never forget……water & sun-cream.

Life of a Bike Tour Guide – Vol.2

Number questions for Mick this weekLife of a Bike Tour Guide Vol.2

Distance for the last week?

MTB 373km, 253km was actual off-road.

Road Bike 362km

Total 735km

Hours on the bike for this week? Don’t know, I don’t wear a watch and for those that know me, you will know that I don’t pull out the phone during a tour to check…..time doesn’t matter on tour 🙂

Age? 40

Height? 177cm

Weight? 67-70kg depending on the bike schedule

Fat? 10%, if it ever goes lower, I treat myself to pizza with extra cheese 🙂

Tabayesco

Resting heart rate? 47

Max heart rate? 189

FTP? Around 335 watts

VAM? Not sure, could be 1200-1400m for an hour. In April, I climbed 10,500 in just over 12 hours……long day, that can be the life of a bike tour guide.

 

Life of a Bike Tour Guide – Vol.1

Every wondered what it would like to be a bike tour guide? Ask Mick:-)

Dream job?

Mick meets Igor Anton of Movie Star for coffee!

Mick meets Igor Anton – Movie Star for coffee!

Most definitely, so long as you are really passionate about cycling.

Demanding job?

25-35 hours with 400-800km of cycling per week. To be fair much of it is not high intensity, but you still have to spend lots of time on the saddle.

The more you love it, the less demanding it is to be a tour guide, it’s all relative.

What are the biggest challenges?

Obviously, there’s a massive physical challenge, but for aspiring bike tour guides, the mental aspect presents a much greater challenge.

It involves lifestyle choices, getting to bed early, nutrition and managing your recovery time wisely.

The better condition you are in physically, the easier the job is from a mental perspective.

A positive, but humble confidence in your ability is probably the most important trait to have in your armoury. The physicality and the mentality go hand in hand really. If you’ve been on the bike for days on end and you are getting up on a Monday morning to meet 3 mountain bikers…..tall, skinny, light, strong and skilful. You know the demands of the route and what lies in wait. This will test you mentally, but only if you let it.

My glass is always more than half full. I think more about meeting the people, the fun and the conversation than the demands of the route itself.

What excites you most about MTB?

Watching a really skilful rider pick a different line through a rock garden or a corner. They see something for the first time, they have their own interpretation of the terrain and they make it look so easy. I’m always learning.

When you have a day-off from tours, does that mean a day-off the bike?

If I’ve been on the bike for more than 5 days in a row….a day-off normally means a bike-free day.

If it’s been an easy week, a day-off could mean some quality interval sessions on the road bike. These sessions set me up for the harder days on the job.

Sometimes, instead of a training session it might be a leisurely adventure with some of the locals to look at more routes to see how they might fit in with existing routes or as a completely new route.

Are you more of a roadie or mountain biker?

Neither, doing both keeps me fresh. More road bikers should try MTB, it brings your road biking to a new level in terms of your core strength, bike handling and descending skills.

Have you a secret ingredient that makes for a great bike tour?

Yes, but it’s something that gets left out rather than added……it’s a secret:-)

Lanzarote training destination – If it’s good enough for the pros……

One of the beauties of cycling is that you can do it anywhere in the world. All of the bike technology we have at our disposal, means there’s a bike to suit any condition, clothes to wear in any weather and scenic routes to enjoy across all the continents. Every destination has something going for it. Lanzarote is just one of those locations and for parts of the winter months, it has no equal.

Among the worlds top 10 sporting and cycling destinations, Lanzarote attracts the world’s elite sports people, not just in cycling or triathlon. They have been coming to the island for training camps for years, to bring their performance to a new level for the coming season. Good news may not travel as quickly as bad news, but it spreads, hence Lanzarote is no longer a secret.

For cyclists and triathletes, there’s an endless list of comparisons between the various destinations, but at the end of the day, the comparisons don’t matter! The proof is in the palmares of the various teams and individuals who use the island as their training ground.

Here’s just 2 such athletes we’ve met in recent times on the island, Igor Anton of the Movie Star World Tour cycling team and Romain Guillaume of UPlace BMC professional triathlon team.

Igor Anton - Movie Star

Igor Anton – Movie Star

Romain Guillaume – Uplace BMC

Over the coming weeks we’ll be on the road at our training camps with many cyclists looking forward to 2015. Levels will range from strong sportif riders to elite triathletes and cyclists. Needless to say, as their results come in during the coming year, we’ll tell you all about it!