When your passion becomes your job and your dream becomes reality you can only feel one thing and that's STOKED!! MTB Beds was set up in 2012 with the vision of providing epic mountain bike holidays in world class destinations around Europe and we believe we have well and truly achieved that, however one's job is never done.
With amazing staff and knowledge from many backgrounds we now have the ability to provide a package that delves into the local cultures, incredible food and creates real adventures. The memories that last a lifetime we share with you in these outstanding destinations mean we can now call the trails our home.
Check out the team below and find out a little more about us, the short of it is that we just love riding bikes, get stoked on providing amazing holidays and making new friends! Go ride your bike!
Name: Richard Wilford (Dickie)
Role: Business Owner
Quote: You don't ask you don't get
Born and bread in Cheddar, Somerset, home to the best cider and cheese in the world it's no wonder Rich is normally found post ride with a pint of Thatchers Gold and a full ploughmans! After spending many years living in Morzine he has now returned to the West Country and made Bristol his home and the base for MTB Beds.
Back in 1996 his dad bought him his first proper MTB, a Scott Rockwood with some Tioga riser bars, blue shark fin pedals and some RST 3.5's. After a few years crashing around the South West the bike was ditched for the snowboard and skateboard and stayed this way until 2011 until after one epic winter in Morzine a friend lent him an Iron Horse Sunday and the rest is history!
At the end of the 2011 summer and a good few hundred laps of the Pleney in Morzine his lack of skill and gun ho attitude caught up with him and the result was a broken heel bone which required zero weight bearing for four months and this is when MTB Beds was born!
Now six years into running MTB Beds and with partners like Peaty's Products, Orange Bikes, Renthal and Fox Head supporting the company the dream of combining his passion and work has become a reality. If he's not in the office plotting his next adventure or more realistically replying to emails he will be out on his bike, on top of a mountain or more recently trying to catch Sea Bass on the Isle of Wight.
With a huge passion for nature and the great outdoors alongside riding his bike this has allowed Rich to craft some epic holidays for his clients providing culture, adventure and memories that last a lifetime. Putting a smile on his clients face and going above and beyond what is expected is what makes him tick. Rich goes faster than he should, can't jump for toffee and doesn't have much style but his passion for bikes and his business is unquestionable.
Name: Ben Richards (Benson)
Role: European Operations & Development
Originally from Torquay, UK, riding bikes was always going to be part of his life. his Uncle opened a bike shop in 1996, so working as a Saturday lad and then full time mechanic, bikes (maybe girls too) were the only thing worth thinking about during the school and teenage years.
Ben first came to the Alps in 2000. Working through the ranks Le Boomerang Hotel in Les Gets, in the early stages of the mountain bike scene in the Portes du Soleil, before Crankworx, Pleney singles and fortunate to witness some of downhill mountain bikes infamous characters, moments and birth of many timeless trails first hand.
Moving to Les Gets in 2000 to work with JM, for 5 years Benson did everything from washing pots to managing the hotel. After meeting a girl, a hiatus from riding in Australia meant career time, working for some Australia's top restaurants and wineries. A Morzine holiday in 2011 ignited the riding fire once again.
The experience of being part of the Alps number one bike hotel Le Boomerang became invaluable when he was approached by Seb at Le Cottage, to help turn the hotel into the icon it is today. Benson joined MTB Beds in 2013, helping Rich checking guests in and out on a Saturday. Years later, like shit to a blanket, Benson and Rich can't seem to get rid of each other, despite living on opposite sides of the channel. Europe is now home with his wife Tiffany and son Luca.
Name: Tom Hardman
Role: Resort Manager
Quote: It’ll be reyt
Anyone who stayed with us over the last year in Chalet Chapelle or in Finale Ligure will know and now doubt love the gentle giant from the North, Tom. Joining us as a chalet Assistant last summer he impressed us so much with his calm nature and dedication to making sure everyone has a great time, we're stoked to get him back this year in a more advanced role. You'll see him all around the resort this year aswell as reprising his role in Finale Ligure.
From a small rural town called Bacup in North West England, Tom grew up around motorbikes, riding trials and watching his Dad race every weekend, the family were motorbike obsessed. The two wheel addiction was never an option for Tom, who started his pedal career racing BMX before switching to mountain bikes for the Lake District's boundless trails.
He's holidayed or worked in Morzine for the last 8 years, so he knows the inside scoop on the best riding spots and bars. Though he's spent time in other European riding destinations, nothing compares to the scope and quality of trails offered in the Portes du Soleil. Having long ago traded in his 140mm Yeti DJ bike, not so great for the Lakes or Pleney, you'll see him on a Giant Reign or Glory.
Also an accomplished photographer, keep your eye out for a 6.5" Northerner lurking in the bushes on Super Morzine!
Name: Scott Windsor
Role: Media & Marketing
Quote: “I said no…not go"
Scott lives for the outdoors. It’s hard to keep the lad pinned down to one spot and if it’s not midnight mission up Mont Chery to catch the sunrise over Mont Blanc or back country missions with the bike, it will be a hike deep into the forests. After a high flying career at one of the worlds biggest companies, he made the move to follow his passion, photography and hasn’t looked back since.
He’s been a professional photographer since 2015 and since jumping on board as MTB Beds principle content provider he’s moved more towards videography and film making, as long as it's action sports or stunning nature he's a happy boy behind the camera.
The passion for all things media started way back in his mid teens when, Thrasher magazine style, he and his buddies would film all over the country as little grom skaters with an old point and shoot camera. Mountain biking became the next focus of energy, being in nature with your bike and your friends, we know there’s no better feeling. From there it just snowballed for Scott, having the opportunities to travel all around Europe in some of the most breathtaking landscapes the world has to offer with a bike and camera bag.
Name: Sarah Gamsjäger
Role: Bookings & Sales
Quote: ‘I’m starving!’
Growing up on the far side of the hill from Schladming, you may think Sarah was in a prime location to take up riding, but skiing was her first passion. Racing, off-piste, instructing and also as a coach. We wish you luck if you want to challenge her on skis.
Even though she only started riding ‘proper bikes’ in 2017, she’s already spent a summer in Morzine, moved up to the elite women’s category for Enduro and Downhill racing, and competed in her first Enduro World Series at Zermatt.
Having moved to the UK to finish a master’s degree in Sports Science and to be able to ride year-round, she’s never happier than being outside and active, and if that’s on a bike, even better.
Sarah loves to explore new places and is hoping to add more languages to her fluent German and English. In the rare moments she’s relaxing, she’s sure to be deeply engrossed in a good book.
Pics @Steve Behr
Ash came to our attention through photographer Scott Windsor, he'd speak of a rider with style like he'd never seen, a seemingly dream combination of BMX steeze meets motocross aggression but on a mountain bike. After seeing the content they put out together last summer and realising the lad was a kind, open minded and caring personality we thought it fitting he join the team in 2019. Not only will Ash be an MTB Beds ambassador he'll also be cooking your croissants in Chalet Chapelle this summer in Morzine.
He started riding a motocross bike at the age of 4, racing from 5 with of course Dad being a very big influence. With 15 years experience on the moto, reaching the top level, he has the skills to pay the bills.
After buying a cheap hardtail for training, mountain bikes became the new love, the simplicity and purity of being out on the bike, charging fast through the woods, down the mountains throwing big whips and having a laugh with a good crew. After so much time pursuing the motocross dream, the pressure and expectation has put fun on the push bike as the focus, you can almost see the chill as he floats 40 feet above your head, sideways.
Keep your eye on this page to see who'll be looking after you on your next holiday!