Back in 2009 and fresh out of university, Rich (Founder and Owner) packed his bags and jumped on a plane to Morzine, it was time to spend the next five months snowboarding, drinking a few beers and doing the seasonnaire thing in French Alps. As many who come for just the season do, a permanent move was made and after 3 years of living the good life without a care in the world, skiseasonbeds.com was born. Yes, MTB Beds started as a winter company.
The business is ever growing, founded by Rich with help from his brother David designing websites and logos then with Ben coming onboard the business really took off. After two ski seasons out in France Rich broke his ankle on Le Pleney and whilst sat on the sofa with his leg up in the air the penny dropped and skiseasonbeds.com, later mtbmorzinebeds.com and now mtbbeds.com
MTB Beds followed the very next year in 2012, created from a passion and stoke for riding bikes in the cultural home of European mountain biking, Morzine. It has grown from a one man band to a team of 5 in 2020, with a further 8 staff joining us each season in Finale Ligure and Morzine, with Aosta and Schladming up and running with countless long term partners and friends who all come together to create one of the best mountain bike holiday experiences found anywhere.
Home sweet Home, Morzine village is a beautiful place in the summer
Why Morzine? In the Winter the Portes du Soleil is the largest linked ski area in the World with 12 resorts spread out across two countries, linked via 180 lifts and 650km of pistes, it's thriving community of locals and expats create one of the best seasonal and weekly ski experiences on the planet.
In the summer, the Portes du Soleil turns into the biggest bike park in Europe with 7 zones all connected by the lift system; Morzine, Avoriaz, Les Gets, Chatel, Champery, Morzine and Morgins. These world famous mountain bike resorts are all linked via 24 lifts, one lift pass and can all be accessed without a car from Morzine. It's community in the summer months is what truly makes Morzine the heart of the Portes du Soleil and Europe's cultural mountain bike home. With every type of rider from World cup athlete to seaonnaire, from local hero to family groups, Morzine is the go to base of operations for a mountain bike holiday.
Mountain bikers come for a week or a season and feel like they are part of something, a greater family and the draw to return year after year is so strong many UK Expats now call the Morzine area home.
The team is now split across the UK, Morzine nd Finale Ligure. Morzine was our first and still most popular destination with over 10 properties and years of experience running MTB specific holidays behind us. We believe this allows us to provide the best mountain bike holidays possible and is base of operations.
Finale Ligure in Italy is where we now run mountain bike tours for the longest period (Spring, early summer and Autumn, nearly 5 months in total) and has some of the best trails in the world, hands down. As the final round of The Enduro World series (now Trophy of Nations) the bike racing season has been closing out the year on the Ligurian coast for many years now, with the Mediterranean sea, Italian hospitality, great weather, gelato and great food, the end of season party is legendary!
Bristol is where the head office is based. Right in the city centre and a stone's throw from some of the biggest names in the bike industry, we are in a great little action sports and mountain bike family.
Epic riding in Aosta
The business is ever growing, started by brothers Rich and Dave or Dickie and Pile, don't ask. After two ski seasons out in France Rich broke his ankle on Le Pleney and whilst sat on the sofa with his leg up in the air the penny dropped and skiseasonbeds.com, later mtbmorzinebeds.com and now mtbbeds.com.
Who are we?
Dave is the brains behind the website, Rich is the man at the top of the tree, the brains and conduit for new ideas the face of the business, you'll see him in the office or at bike parks and events across the UK spreading the good word of MTB Beds. Ben who joined the ownership structure in 2013, keeps the balls in play across Europe developing new locations. You'll likely to meet him as a guide in Finale Ligure or hovering about hassling the team in Morzine. Dave, Rich and Ben are family men now, Rich with 2 girls, Dave two lads and Ben with a little boy, the change from young lads shredding bikes to responsible citizens and parents has certainly changed the businesses direction over the years!
Tom, our Resort Manager, who joined us in 2017 with Scott Windsor, our media guru who creates and manages nearly all of MTB Beds content and social channels. With Sarah in the office and we are We also have seasonal workers out in France and Italy who are the guys you meet on holiday, without whom we wouldn't exist.
We are fortunate enough to partner with some of the best names in the industry, Fox Head, Peaty's Products, Deity Components, One Up, Smith, Five Ten, Specializes Bikes and GoPro, aswell as Yellow Jersey Insurance, and our partnership with B1ke to give something back to the grass roots of the sport.
Of course all of this is underwritten by top level insurance with Travel Vault and subsidiary companies in France and Italy, we are Brexit proof, we are built for the future, we contribute and employ in every area we operate and you money is protected every step of the way.
The future hopefully involves more resorts, more ideas, more concepts and hopefully more laughs! All while trying to bring the best mountain biking from around the world to our clients, riding our bikes as much as possible and keeping the good times coming. See you soon, keep it fully open and rubber side down.