BoC Escapes is the travel and events division from Band of Climbers. Since 2016 Band of Climbers has been inspiring others to ride the world's greatest climbs. In 2018 our first Escape was born, and we've never looked back. Our Escapes are deliberately small, exclusively limited to just 4 per year, and they give us a chance to ride with our customers, guests and friends from all over the world. We don't run these trips for profit, we run them for the love of the mountains and to make memories and lifetime friendships along the way.
The First Escape
Band of Climbers began offering weekend Escapes to the Alps back in 2018. We ran three successful 4 day Escapes in June and September of 2018.
Demand Grew Fast
In 2019 our 6 day format was born. After riding with guests from Australia, the US and the Middle East, it was clear that longer Escapes were more appealing, so we switched to make our trips 6 days long.
Despite Covid-19 playing havoc with the travel industry in 2020 we sucessfully ran our first Dolomites Escape in September. Opening the door for future Escapes in Italy's most stunning cycling location.
In 2021 and 2022, all of our Escapes sold out in minutes. Demand blew us away. Guest feedback was incredible, and so for 2023, we've added a whole new destination - the Pyrenees.
Our Team & Ride Guides
Band of Climbers' Founder. After turning to cycling back in 2010 to lose weight, Stuart found a love of climbing Europe's highest Cols, and lost more weight the more he climbed. He now aims to inspire others to follow his journey into the mountains.
Band of Climbers Operations Manager. Rarely off the bike, John competes in all discplines of cycling, from Hill Climbing to TTs, Road Racing, Cyclocross and XC Mountain Biking. When he's not riding, he's following his other passion - food and dining.
Band of Climbers Accountant and Ride Guide. John is a highly experienced rider and loves nothing more than a long winters ride in the rain and wind. A fan of all things Italian, John will usually be found brewing an espresso or tinkering with his vintage Fiat 500.