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 Manager
Quote: Look at that dog!
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: Fergus Ryan (Ferg)
Role: Marketing Manager
Quote: One speed, send it!
Hailing from the southeast of England, home to the southern fairies and a serious lack of hills! Having grown up in a competitive and sporty environment thanks to his dad Fergus loves to push the limits of his ability in everything he does. This was really brought to light when he got his first downhill bike, He rode it for 4 days and then took it racing. After climbing the UK ranks racing the British Nationals Fergus went on the ever elusive points chase to race World Cups, this took him to some incredible places and he got to race some of the worlds best tracks in the process.
Having a truly competitive nature Fergus has now moved his focus to enduro racing and is competing in 5 of the EWS events this year. When in Morzine however Fergus is on his Santa Cruz V10 for downhill and a Specialized enduro 29er.
Fergus is always in search of fresh tracks or experimental lines with his mates. His love for capturing this on his phone has turned into more of an Instagram obsession with many short edits of crashes and carnage around the UK in the off season.
After many years of racing and riding Fergus still claims his scariest moment on two wheels was following the boss in Pila for the end of season day out, he has just one word for it “terrifying”.
Name: Tom Hardman
Role: Assistant 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 6 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: Craig Mcmillan
Role: Chalet Host
Born in Glasgow, Craig has always been obsessed with the outdoors and adventure, biking and climbing quickly became passions, (Some would say his life!) he is constantly on his bike and about the scene and has worked in the cycling industry for a number of years. He has raced in a few of the Scottish Enduro series races and even got a podium last year!
One of his life goals was to race downhill at Fort William, which he did last year, entering the open male category at the Scottish Champs and coming 4th.
Riding the ever capable Santa Cruz Hightower LT (an xxl) He is another tall lad to match Tom, we've almost complete tall, he also has a Jackal to try and keep up with the kids at the skateparks....
Craig first hit up Morzine 4 years ago and though it didn’t go quite to plan as he broke is collarbone at the start of the holiday, he fell in love with the place. He still got out and about and got to know the town and some of the locals pretty well! He has been back every year since and also travelled in his wee van round other resorts across Europe such as Finale Ligure, Tignes, Les Arcs, Pila and La Thuile.
He has also lived outside of Glasgow in places such as Loch Lomond were he ran the Drovers inn and then in the seaside town of Girvan. Whilst in Girvan he volunteered as lifeboat crew for the RNLI, literally saving lives so you'll be safe in the hot tub.
The need for Craig to get back out to the Alps for that lifestyle and riding has now become a reality!! We excited for you all to get to know this gentle Scotsman and he can't wait to see you all out there to share the stoke!
Name: Sandra Boerner
Quote: If you don't try you'll never know
If you've ridden with us in Finale Ligure over the last couple of seasons you will likely have met Sandra Boerner, it's also likely you've tried to chase her down the trails and even more that she's holding back so you can keep up. Born in Germany, she was a kindergarten teacher for several years, working to support her racing career before becoming a full time mountain bike guide and brand ambassador. It's seems those years keeping toddlers in check gave her the skills needed to command a crowd, she's definitely one of the best guides we've worked with.
She's quiet and unassuming, always ready for an adventure. She's been riding since 2003 and for the last few years has represented Pivot Bikes all over Europe and in her home town of Finale Ligure. Speaking around 37 languages, she's a good person to have around in a bind, her calm nature is very hard to rattle, just do what she says and everything will be fine.
Sandra will be operating our Day Trip service for 2019, taking you where you'd like to go, and will also be able to guide you about in several destinations including Pila and La Thuile, to make sure you get the most out of your away day.
Keep your eye on this page to see who'll be looking after you on your next holiday!