After 30 years of riding and racing all over the world, cycling has changed our lives!.......... We'd love to do the same for you.
As John F Kennedy once said “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” ,
Having started cycling at a very early age with my friends in Sherwood Forest (we all still claim we created all those trails), I then started competitive racing at 15 years old. My parents took me to every conceivable race and we travelled all over the country, to which I now look back on with such thanks and gratitude – from that point I was hooked.
The places I visited and friends I made, still to this day some of my best friends are from my early days of riding.
Since then cycling has been in my blood, competing in nearly every cycling discipline riding at elite level, in cyclocross and road, as well as representing Great Britain in the World and European Championships in mountain biking.
Whilst I never stopped cycling, I fell into a career path in the construction industry after studying civil engineering and construction. I became a Project Manager, working all hours all over the country. After becoming disillusioned with the industry and realising I was starting to suffering from stress, I decided to get back to what I loved…..and what made me happy.
And so, True North Adventures was born!
– Jaime Harper
What we are about....
Having been involved in cycling, particularly mountain biking for so long, there’s not much we haven’t seen, ridden, fallen off and so learned some hard and valuable lessons along the way.
We are passionate about passing on our experience and skills developed over time, to provide professional guided cycling adventures, skills courses and experiences for riders and groups of all abilities. Helping to inspire, build confidence, improve specific skills and take your riding forward or to guide you on an adventure and sample the freedom that cycling brings.
Choose from a selection of individual, group or private mountain biking guiding, e-bike guided adventures, road and gravel riding adventures, mountain bike skills courses and e-bike skills courses.
Back in 2017 we set up True North Adventures as the Peak District’s first e-bike guiding company offering unique e-bike guided adventures with high end e-bike hire along with our traditional mountain bike guided rides. From there on, we have grown to opening up our Cycle Hub in January 2019 on the doorstep of some great trails as a base for our adventures and courses, but in addition a chilled out place for the local riding community to come and relax chat all things bikes, have their bikes serviced and also find their new dream bike. We are currently in the process of building our own private skills area, with enduro trail and e-bike uphill flow trail, allowing us to offer professional skills and coaching instruction for all abilities, in a safe and controlled environment.
We’ve also been heavily involved in e-bike world, working with Haibike and Lapierre in raising awareness of the benefits of e-bikes from a freedom point of view, and the obvious health benefits for many people. Testing their capabilities in races and events throughout the past 3 years, we are ideally placed to offer sound advice.
Furthermore, True North Adventures specialises in group and corporate experiences over single or multiple days, including various accommodation options to suit all budgets. We cater to include a variety of packages with carefully selected partners to offer you a choice of activities, from caving, climbing, trails riding and numerous water sports.
We pride ourselves on being that little bit different, having a more personal touch. We have some of the best routes, trails, off piste riding and scenic routes the North/Midlands has to offer. With twenty years’ experience growing up and exploring the Peak District and beyond there’s hardly a place we’ve not ridden or explored.
Our Instructors & Guides
True North Adventures owner and lead guide Jaime
Jaime started out his biking career at the tender age of 12 thrashing around on BMX’s, progressing to mountain biking in the early 90’s racing through the ranks to become a professional mountain bike racer, riding for Muddy Fox, Rocky Mountain and representing Great Britain in the European and World Championships.
Not just satisfied with mountain biking he has also raced at elite level in other cycling disciplines, cycle-cross and road racing. His love of the mountains has also developed him as an accomplished snowboarder. His career path however took a different route after studying Civil Engineering and Project Management, ending up working in the construction industry. Although he never stopped riding and racing, his love has always been anything to do with cycling and exploring as many places as possible both in the UK and Worldwide.
Using his many years of riding and racing experience he has now made mountain biking his career as a qualified mountain bike guide and instructor, road leader, qualified mechanic and brand ambassador/rider for Lapierre bikes.
His experience as a rider includes guiding groups over a number of years in Chamonix and 20 years of racing from Cross Country, Downhill, and the past 6 years Enduro racing. Now on his 3rd season racing in selected Enduro World Series races and a number of epic events such as the Trans Provence in France where he lead the masters category until a last stage serious mechanical but back to 5th as well as many UK gravity events with great results. With this experience he is perfectly placed to offer a wealth of cycling knowledge, skill and understanding to anyone taking part in our adventures and holidays.
Jaime is fully insured MBL3 instructor and British Cycling Level 3 qualified leader, BASP Outdoor First Aid certified and British Cycling Tour Leader.
Pro Mountain Biker, Trial Builder and Coach
Sam doesn’t need any introductions…. but the super friendly and extremely tall professional rider from Macclesfield, has been a constant force on the international race circuit for some time. Riding for factory teams like GT, Madison/Saracen, as 50 to 01 crew rider and now a coach himself.
Sam is super busy with racing, travelling and filming with the 50 to 01 crew already in 2020, but has been instrumental in helping us get our private trails and skills area built.
In between his riding commitments and when he’s home we are going to be working together putting on a selected number of ‘Pro Master Classes’ with Sam covering a number of courses.
Look out for details….
With our courtesy shuttle and bike trailer it allows us to meet or take groups anywhere in the Peak District and is perfect for those uplift days. We can arrange to collect you and your group from your accommodation or from a local train station if required.
We can bring our bikes to you or help you transport your own.
So, you want to try something a little different?
You don’t have to own a bike to enjoy our adventures, hire a bike from our fleet of the latest Haibike full suspension e-bikes. We have currently updated our fleet to include the brand new Haibike AllMtn 2.0 e-bikes with 160mm travel up front and 150mm at the rear. These Yamaha PWX equipped e-bikes are the perfect do it all bike for all of adventures and courses. We have a total of 10 bikes to choose from in various sizes. If its non electric mountain bike you’re after, let us know and we’ll help arrange one for you.