By having a few essentials on hand, you can help ensure guests enjoy their ride and get home safely.
Advice for Cafés & Restaurants
You always remember a great café or restaurant, and mountain bike tourists are no different.
By making some minor tweaks, you can cater to the growing MTB tourism market and provide a memorable experience that will prompt word-of-mouth recommendations and return visits.
Secure bike storage
When they're just dropping in for a quick meal or snack, mountain bikers won't need overnight storage.
But riders will still want to know that their bikes are safe and secure while they enjoy some delicious grub.
A bike rack with free locks can help put their minds at ease.
For more information, visit our 'Secure Bike Storage' advice.
Laundry & Cleaning
So it might be quite a big ask for MTB visitors to expect laundry facilities in your dining establishment, but that doesn't mean you can't provide them with some amenities to make their visit more comfortable.
Offering basic facilities where riders can clean their shoes and hang up any wet outerwear can help them enjoy their experience with you (and it means you avoid more cleaning when they leave!)
For more information, visit our 'Laundry & Cleaning' advice.
Having a few essential tools on hand can be a lifesaver for riders who find themselves in need of assistance.
Consider keeping a basic puncture kit and small selection of screwdrivers and hex keys on the premises to help out those who run into issues on their ride.
For more information, visit our 'Bike Maintenance' advice.
Bike washing facilities don't just have to be for hotels.
Some cloths and access to water can help riders keen their bikes spick-and-span. Think of it as "a cake and a clean".
For more information, visit our 'Bike Washing Facilities' advice.
Food & Drink
Fuelling up with suitable meals and snacks ahead of, during, and after a day of mountain biking is essential.
From mid-ride stops for snacks to ravenous riders looking for a hearty meal after a long day on the trails, a successful bike ride hinges on riders being sufficiently fed and watered.
By making a few small menu tweaks, your business can offer a spread suitable for any rider. This might include:
Snacks that are high in protein
Homemade sweet treats for a burst of energy
Freshly brewed, high-quality coffee
Hearty meals comprising protein, carbohydrates and fresh veggies (a vegan option is also good to have too)
Lighter lunch options including sandwiches, toasties, and paninis ideal for a mid-ride break
Local craft beers, spirits (local gins and whiskies), and non-alcoholic drinks
For more information, visit our 'Rest & Relaxation' advice.
Don't know that much about local MTB trails? No problem! Even providing some basic information or signposting guests to relevant resources will help.
For example, you could direct them to:
Maps of mountain bike trails and road routes
Local bike shops and bike hire facilities
Local guiding companies
For more information, visit our 'Local Knowledge' advice.
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Catering To MTB Tourists
The service you provide for MTB tourists can benefit other guests participating in outdoor activities.
Providing bike washing facilities can make a real difference to the experience of your MTB guests.
With a few essentials on hand, you can help ensure your guests enjoy their ride and get home safely.
Knowledge of the local area is a highly valuable resource for mountain bike tourists.
Just as you would cater to all your guests, rest & relaxation is essentially the same for riders.
Self Assessment Tool
Our handy questionnaire allows you to quickly evaluate how you currently cater to MTB tourists, while identifying any gaps and the opportunities that may help enhance your offering.