A Five-day guided off-road jolly around the Pyrenees designed specifically for big adventure bikes (fitted with full knobbly tyres) ridden by VERY competent trail-riders.
You will be guided in two four bike squads by myself and the legendary Dai Jones. Seriously, no-one in the english-speaking world knows their way around these mountains like we do and we are devoted to giving you a fabulous experience.
The off-road routes are designed for GS 1200s, KTM 110s etc and are not technical. However, they simply cannot be tackled by off-road novices. If you need a bit of adventure on your adventure bike, but can only get a week off work, then THIS is it. Naturally, if you want to bring a smaller bike, be our guest. More info below under 'Choice of Bike'. There is no mechanical recovery, first-aid, emergency or back-up service provided. Also, this is dangerous.
Very important bit
I am big on the teamwork low-budget DIY kick. That’s what I am going to immerse you in. If this sounds awful, it probably will be. If you are a show-off, a prima donna, vaguely selfish and really into doing things 'your' way then do NOT come on this trip. If you are the kind of person who thinks insulting people is funny (and then follows up the insult with "I was only joking") can you please not come on this trip. The compressed nature of the living means we need team-players who want to get stuck in. Not the riding, the admin: washing up, gathering wood, puncture repairs, setting up camp, etc etc. You'll be working non-stop and I need you to relish that.
Safety - There isn't any.
Trail-riding and motorcycling are NOT safe. You do not have to face these risks. Be safe by NOT motorcycling. Be safe by NOT trail-riding in remote wilderness loactions. If you lose control on a cliff-edge mountain trail, and go over the edge, you will be killed. Ensure you have life insurance that covers you for this. I have no 'tour operator' insurance nor group insurance. I am a private individual taking like-minded buddies into a risky situation. Your safety is NOT guaranteed. If you are killed it will not be my fault. It will be because you are riding unmaintained trails in the mountains, far from help. If you want a guarantee of safety you must NOT come on this trip.
Five days guided trail-riding in the Catalan Pyrenees. 100% teamwork, self-catering, rough camping, only tarps, no tents, no GPS, no back-up vehicle, no sat phones. You MUST be a competent trail-rider to be able to access the route we have designed. If you even vaguely nervous on a trail bike then this is not for you.
It will be intense and tiring with little privacy or molly-coddling. However, it will be an unforgettably positive experience with the risk of death and serious injury. There is no mechanical recovery, first-aid, emergency or back-up service provided.
Monday afternoon - team assembles in northern Catalunya, Spain. Meet and greet, sleep in the field. Exact location tbc.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, trail-ride about 500 miles around the Pyrenees, rough camping and self-catering every night.
Friday, trail ride to hotel, arriving early afternoon. Shower, cocktails, dinner and crisp cotton sheets! No need to go 'native'! Expect to have to share a room whilst in the hotel. End hotel and start hotel may be in different places. Saturday morning, ride off into the sunset (as far as that is possible before lunch).
You supply your own bike, get yourself there and back but everything else (whilst in the mountains) is included; food, fuel, hotel accom etc for £849. Booze whilst camping is supplied (low quality ensured). Booze in the hotels is not included. There is no mechanical recovery, first-aid, emergency or back-up service provided and it will be dangerous.
Choice of Bike
Everyone is asking me about what bike to take etc. The answer is simple; We will be riding hundreds of miles of farmers' trails in the mountains carrying 'expedition' luggage. It is neither enduro nor trials but will challenge different riders in different ways. If you have zero off-road skill you need to stop reading this and start trail-riding. If you are a dirt-legend then you will be fine on a huge Adventure Bike. It is your call not mine. Personally, I hope to be on a Honda CRF250L which I will also ride to and from Spain. Put simply, your choice of bike mustn't impinge on the rest of the team members' enjoyment. Whatever you bring, just make sure you can handle it on rough trails, hill-climbs and loose rubbly descents (and pick it up on your own).
19 Jun - 24 Jun SOLD OUT
26 Jun - 31 Jun
11 Sept - 16 Sept 2017 SOLD OUT
18 Sept - 23 Sept 2017 SOLD OUT
25 Sept - 30 Sept 2017
Breakdown and Support
There isn't any. Instead, every rider has a 'buddy'. If it goes wrong for you, this is the guy that will get you to tarmac and then to a town. This is the guy that will literally get you 'off the mountain'. Once you get to tarmac, he is within his rights to leave you, unless you have life-threatening injuries, once he gets you to tarmac. You will need some euro-wide breakdown cover in place because I will NOT provide any. Once you are back on tarmac you have to take care of yourself, like an adventure motorcyclist would. This may mean hitch-hiking, flagging down a passing car or walking. Seriously, this trip does NOT have a built in rescue and recovery element.
If you want a trip with full rescue vehicles, first-aid staff, vehicle recovery etc, this isn't it. Don't sign up. Also, you could be killed or badly injured. There is Zero health cover. Your injuries will be treated in a spanish hospital ONLY if you carry the EHIC card ON YOUR PERSON. Non-EU nationals, expect a heavy bill from a spanish hospital and have apppropriately heavy-duty holiday insurance that covers dirt-biking in wilderness areas.
To guarentee a place simply pay in full right now. If that's too steep then the minimum payment is £200. That gets you a reserved place. Pay, by making a BACS transfer to the bank of Mini Mondo - 30-98-07 02183110 with a ref of your surname. There is no mechanical recovery, first-aid, emergency or back-up service provided. We are on our own...
Refunds of Fees
This refunds policy is extremely strict and favours me, not you. You are gambling with substantial sums if for whatever reason, however understandable, you have to cancel. You MUST have holiday insurance that will refund the money you pay to me if you cannot attend. I will not refund your fees (full details below). The Mini-Mondo project only works because there are loads of us carrying all the group eqpt spread between us. I plan the team as 8 bikes and we have 8 sets of group kit to distribute on the first day. If even one person doesn't show up we are compromised.
In summary, the £200 deposit is NOT refundable under any circumstances. It is how I simply find out who is and is NOT serious about attending. The balance of £649 has to be paid by midnight on the last day in April 2017. If you don't want to gamble with your entry fee, get insurance, or step away from this project.
If you cancel before midnight on 30 April 17 and have only paid the £200 deposit then you will get no refund.
If you cancel before midnight on 30 April 17 and have paid the full £849 then you will get a £300 refund.
If you cancel AFTER midnight on 30 April 17 then you will get no refund.
Take out holiday insurance that covers a refund scenario.
Motorcycle self catering - the ultimate legal high
Motorcycle teamwork - the ultimate legal high
Motorcycle rough camping - the ultimate legal high