Sacred Rides launches the Airbnb of bike rides

The same philosophy that gave birth to Airbnb and allowed people to earn money by renting out their homes is behind a new program offered by Sacred Rides, a Fernie-based mountain bike touring agency. , British Columbia, Canada.

With their new Getaways program, Sacred Rides provides mountain bikers around the world with the tools, training and support they need to guide other mountain bikers on their local trails, via half-day to two-day adventures. They also give back to each guide’s local community with 5% of each booking going to a fund for community projects, such as building and maintaining trails.

How it works

Potential tour guides fill out an application and do a video interview to see if working together would be a good fit. If accepted, the new guide pays the initial fee of CAD$3,499 (approx. $2,653 / £2,133).

Insurance and land use permits are the responsibility of the tourist guide. Sacred Rides has insurance partners that offer discounted rates to their Getaways affiliates. Once approved, the guide will have an exclusive 30 km / 20 mile radius where no other Getaway-based guide can lead trips.

Next is the guide’s personalized Getaways website, along with instructions and marketing help. Once the site is in place with rides and details, the guides are ready to start taking reservations for half-day or one- or two-day trips.

Become a mountain bike guide on your local trails with Sacred Rides

Additional online guide training is available through seven detailed training modules covering all aspects of operation and guiding, from our core values ​​to guiding scenarios, risk management and more. In addition to online training, new guides will also be required to complete in-person guide training in their area within one year of launch.

Mike Brcic of Sacred Rides says the goal is “to reach 300 Getaways destinations by the end of 2018. We believe there are huge benefits to scaling; each new Getaways guide helps promote the brand and to increase its notoriety, and the more we can cover the world of mountain bike adventures.

For more information or to book a trip, visit getaways.sacredrides.com to browse mountain bike getaways around the world or for more information on joining the program.

The package includes

  • Your own website
  • Custom reservations and operations system
  • Blog
  • SEO training
  • Registration on the Getaway website
  • Guide training
  • Marketing and sales training
  • Sacred Rides Riding Kit
  • Private Facebook group
  • Training webinars

Costs

There is an annual fee of CAD$3,499 (about $2,653 / £2,133), which can be paid in monthly installments. Each booking has a 10% fee, 5% Sacred Rides, 5% Community Project Fund.

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