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Self-guided or fully-guided trips. You ride at your own pace, exposed to every sight, sound and smell and connecting with the people and culture around you. You cover more ground than traveling by foot yet not so fast that you miss any important sights. Ride with us through a region and become part of it, our local knowledge will guarantee it.
Our ride routes are the heart and soul of the company. Like the Honey Badger is to food Marty is to route finding. If a beautiful road exists to connect important sights or has unique ride characteristics, Marty has found it. There is a fine balance between routes for the ride quality and routes that take you past that must see cultural landmarks.
Our vacations combine the virtues of traveling by bike with the art of living well. We have been based in in Europe for over 20 years and have discovered the best places to dine, and boutique hotels that are ‘must stay’ places. It’s our passion and secret recipe to; balance the rides, the hotels, the food and the culture. Our guides are locals, professional mechanics, multilingual and versed in the needs for high end cycling vacations.
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"My passion is finding routes that make people... respond"
What does it mean when I say that “My passion is finding routes that make people… respond” ? You really should come on of our Jemison Cycling Tours trips to find out, but I will try to give you an idea here.
First I start with spending countless hours exploring every kilometer of asphalt, concrete and path that I can find. I have an insatiable appetite for this. I have to know the lay of the land, its geography and what might connect it all.
Once I’ve ridden every route my mind starts churning out possible roads to link together something that will be known as another ‘Marty’ route. Like an artist that starts out with a clean canvas, not knowing what the final result will be… It’s something that comes from within. The final route ties together roads that flow with a rhythm. Like a musical composition that comes together and leaves an impression.
With our cycling tours, I usually have 7 rides and about 500-600 kms to link everything beautiful together. If I know of a road, a climb a cultural sight, or anything that evokes the senses, I must not leave it out…
When I retired from Professional cycling I felt a great sense of freedom when it came to my gear. For nearly 15 years I was bound to what the “sponsor” supplied to the cycling team. Now I am able to search the world for products that I want to ride. If I do not like a certain product, I can change it at any time and try something else.
When it came to pedals I considered a few factors. First I was interested in a pedal that could be used on all of my bikes. I wanted to use the same shoes weather I was on my road bike, mountain bike or any bike. Most importantly though, I was looking for a pedal and cleat combination that would allow me to walk around freely. For this to happen the cleat on the shoe needed to be recessed below the tread of the shoes. After consideration I chose Speedplay Frogs and have been very happy with the decision
Today, I guide cycling tours throughout Europe and I can spend a lot more time wearing my cycling shoes. I often find myself running back into a hotel across marble floors which I can do now without slipping or having to take off my shoes.
We ride high into the Alps and Pyrenees to see the Tour de France and I do not need to carry a second pair of shoes. We get to the mountains hours before the race arrives and with Speedplay Frogs I can walk on the trails, asphalt or climb to the best vantage points to see the riders. (no slipping or wearing out road cleats)
Shoes: I have found a few different mountain bike shoes that look exactly like road shoes on the uppers with a walkable sole. I choose these shoes because I am a bit traditional but unless you are “sponsored” you can choose to the products you want to ride with…
Marty Jemison Cycling
Note: After choosing the Speedplay Frog system I contacted Richard at Speedplay and he has been helping MJCT with pedals ever since. Thanks Speedplay