Tourism as an industry can have big impact in the areas where it is developed. It is therefore important that its development is carefully directed in a way that its impacts are positive rather than negative.
Our joy and passion of spending time in nature and living with it gave us no choice but to start developing sustainable, nature- and community-friendly tourism. The way we do it is the way we share with others:
1. Mountain biking in the natural environment
While riding in the natural environment not knowing the importance of preserving it or how to do it, we can have negative impact on the environment. It is for this reason that our guides and staff give advice on riding a bike in nature to preserve it.
We chose the trails carefully and we do not ride anywhere, where we could disturb local flora and fauna. For instance, we never ride outside of the trails!
In some parts in our forests, there are a lot of wild animals. In such areas, we have a rule of riding quietly, eventhough it can sometimes be hard to stay quiet when enjoying on amazing trails. On some trails, we never ride after 5.00 pm, as we know wild animals are on pasture at that time.
To minimize all the negative impacts, we organise tours for small groups only.
We believe in a "leave-no-trace" mountain biking philosophy!
2. Cleaning the trails
Every year, we organize trail cleaning actions, when we clean the trails of leaves, loose rocks and, most importantly, any garbage we find on the trails and in the forest around them. When we ride with guests, our guides notify them not to leave any waste behind.
3. Building trails
Around our Base in Jamnica, we are building our own Single Trail Park. We use all the resources necessary to make our trails sustainable and to prevent soil erosion. We use all natural materials. While building the park, we work with local farmers and bikers to find the best locations for trails and the best construction methods.
4. Involving local community
If we want to give you the best of what our country has to offer, we need to get it from the best. And who knows the country better than the LOCALS? That is why we use local guides and their indispensable knowledge to make our tours unforgettable. We always ask the permission of local landowners to ride across their land.
As we want the places where we ride to benefit from our presence, we use restaurants, accommodation facilities and other services owned by the locals.
GIVING BACK TO NATURE
Ever since our beginnings, we have been looking for ways to "give something back to nature". To reduce the impact of our activities, we behave responsibly in our everyday life and on our tours. Yet, we want to return something more directly to the environment, so for this year we have the following ideas:
On our farm, we can produce more hay than needed to feed our cattle. Therefore, we decided that, in cooperation with local hunters, we would make some available for wild animals in case of severe winters.
Once a month, we will organize a guided tour on single tracks free of charge and teach the participants how to ride responsibly in nature.
We will pay 4 € per each guest joining us on a guided tour, which is the cost of planting one tree. We will donate this money to the forestry authority to plant trees where necessary.