Some of us roll our eyes at team building activities we’re asked to undertake. First, these activities take us away from our electronic devices so we feel marooned. Second, the pursuits prod us into hearty-but-forced laughter when we’d rather be scowling at a screen.
So, aside from the tried and true ropes course that bonds us more with our adrenalin than with our peers, where can diverse personalities and pay grades comfortably mix it up for hours on end without it being such an unpleasant ordeal?
How about behind the handlebars of a mountain bike!
Steve Mokan, founder of Chasing Epic (http://chasingepicmtb.com/), a new mountain bike adventure travel company, suggests that three-and four-day mountain bike outings over long weekends that mix up riding, hiking and team building surrounded by beautiful scenery is the new way to go.
Trips can be catered to beginners and experienced riders alike who when concentrating on managing the terrain can be off in their own private worlds, coming back to reality over a glass of wine or beer in the evening. Bringing sweat equity to the table often accompanies team building, and that’s true after a day on single track when particular curves and boulders and descents get chatted up.
“Sometimes achievable challenges and a little suffering bring out the best in all of us!” says Mokan. “Achievable challenges when conquered together brings with it lasting bonds of respect and friendship.”
Strategically, Chasing Epic’s trips don’t force out the inner cave man around a tented campsite. Instead comfortable lodging accommodations are selected to represent the character of the location being explored and also for the comfort, privacy and intimacy they provide.
Chasing Epic offers seven mountain biking meccas in the Rockies. All-inclusive long weekends can be customized to achieve desired team-building results. Mokan also recommends these programs for management retreats. All of the itineraries utilize lesser-known trails in up-and-coming destinations in Crested Butte, Durango, Fruita and Telluride, CO; Sedona, AZ; and Park City and St. George, UT.
Chasing Epic trips are all-inclusive and rates include accommodations, hearty meals, high-end demo bikes (an all-carbon demo bike fleet includes Ibis Mojo HD3s, Ibis Ripley LS 29ers, and Niner Jet 9 29ers), local guides conversant with the terrain, customized eight-week pre-trip training programs, best-in-class ride nutrition, shuttles and lift tickets, gratuities and a dedicated on-site trip leader to help control gear mashers.
Private custom group trips begin at $1,050 per person, double for a three day outing and $1,350 per person, double for a four day trip with a minimum of six participants.
On the premise that “the less you suffer on the climbs, the more you’ll enjoy the descents,” Mokan has engaged coaching platform companies Training Peaks and Through the Wall Training to customize individualized training programs (valued at up to $400) for eight weeks prior to departure.
He emphasizes that custom trips can be designed to a specific group’s abilities and desires. “At Chasing Epic, we pride ourselves on putting together itineraries of only the best trail systems in each location. You’ll be on uncrowded singletrack from start to finish.”
About Chasing Epic
Chasing Epic is a new adventure travel company (founded in 2016) that aims to raise the bar and set new standards in the mountain bike community. The focus is on offering experienced intermediate to advanced-level mountain bikers fully all-inclusive, locally guided mountain bike trips where everybody wants to ride — the Western US – and when everybody has time – over long weekends. Guests just need to be fit and pack a helmet, shoes and appetite for epic single track action. Each tour includes lodging, meals, high-end bikes, local guides, customized eight-week training programs, best-in-class ride nutrition, shuttles, lift tickets, gratuities and a dedicated on-site trip leader.