Get PAID to ride your bike!

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Posted: Sep 2, 2016 at 8:17 Quote
Get paid to ride your bike … long hours, hard work, lots of responsibility, and the adventure of a life-time.


*The pressures of your job got you down, the boss trying to squeeze you for more hours, more work, and all for less money?Fantasizing about taking a year or more off from it all for the adventure of a lifetime?

How does getting paid to ride your bike in South America sound?

*Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking ( ) is the premier (and most famous) operator of downhill mountain bike tours in the Bolivian Andes. We are mentioned and highly recommended in EVERY SINGLE DAMN guidebook to South America and Bolivia! We have been featured in more than 70 magazine and newspaper articles in publications around the world … not to mention several television programs and movies!

Gravity wants to guarantee further growth by pulling together a kick-arse team of motivated, independent, proactive, flexible, resilient people to take us through 2017!

We are looking for people with PERSONALITY, PATIENCE, SOCIAL SKILLS, plus a SENSE OF HUMOR and ADVENTURE… oh, and you have to be able to ride a mountain bike, have good mechanical skills, be First Aid qualified, and have rope rescue skills. Having some basic Spanish language skills would give you an advantage, but it’s definitely not essential. Note: Not So Secret Update: - Gravity has expanded to Peru! Guides who sign up to work in Bolivia now have the opportunity to do one or more stints guiding trails around Cuzco, Peru right next door to world-famous Machu Picchu. This doubles the number of trails you get to hit! Check out the rides on

*Positions available, starting yesterday, include:

* "Action Heroes" ( Mountain Bike Guides):* Nine months minimum commitment, positions available NOW. Yup, get paid to ride downhill 3-4 days a week (a 60km downhill ride with 3600m vertical descent). The hours are long, the majority of riding is down dirt roads with beginner riders (this ride: ), the pay won't make you rich, but the adventure is real. Solid riding ability, an ability to calmly coach nervous beginners, a good sense of humor in the face of problems, a genuine enthusiasm for mountain biking, and a high tolerance for the idiosyncrasies of the great unwashed public, plus good trailside mechanicing, and first-aid and rope-rescue qualifications are all a must. Some Spanish language skills would help, plus a willingness to learn Spanglish.

*"M" (1-2x Front Office Sales People):* Nine months minimum commitment, positions available NOW. Yup, get paid poorly to sit in a small, cold office for 40+ hours a week and help backpackers and adventure travelers sign up for the ride of their lives. NEVER boring, always frenetic, requiring an organized mind and an ability to be 100% accurate with paperwork while swamped by hordes of over-excited travelers. Basic Spanish language skills would help immensely. In the past we have found that many couples enjoy working out here, one as a guide and one as an “M”.

Bolivia is a third world country with very different cultural appreciation for exotic concepts such as time, quality and customer service. Requires an individuals with the Stamina of a Horse, the Multi-Tasking Ability of an Octopus, and the Cunning of a Kangaroo in a Minefield.
For the right individuals (or couples) Gravity is able to offer: reasonably priced housing in Bolivia's Centre of tourism including cable tv and internet, hook ups with deals from our sponsors (Kona Mountain Bikes, Santa Cruz Bicycles, Hayes Brakes, Marzocchi, Dragon Optical, to name a few), enough pay that you can probably break-even, and maybe save a little, occasional opportunities to travel around Bolivia, regular opportunities to race, and ride on world-class trails (Refer: for one of our favorite tracks) and if you aren't careful ... more work than you can probably handle! What's not included - your flight out here, travel/medical insurance while you are here, work-visa costs, and tools of the trade (guide bike, guiding tools, uniform, etc.).

If you are interested in any of the above openings, first read this....
1. The pay really is not great by international standards, it’s really only enough to break-even on ... until about your 6th month, by which time you will be putting away a bit of money, and if you are reasonably restrained you could leave at about the one-year stage with a couple of thousand US$ in savings.
2. Given that a few people in the last couple of years have flaked on us, we now offer a ride bonus during your time with us, Initialized when you complete the work visa process, and paid out when you reach or pass the amount of time we agreed as being your contract.
3. It really helps to EITHER come here with about US$1000 in the bank/hand to set yourself up OR bring a beater guide bike, and all the usual personal guiding tools and about US$500 in the bank. If you don't do this then you might feel the pinch when you initially set yourself up, invest in the work-visa etc.
If you are still interested, please email: /**/ or */*/ ASAP with:
1. Which of the above positions you are interested in.
2. Some photos of you in action.
3. A brief background of your riding, guiding, rope, rescue, mechanicing and first aid experience and training.
4. How soon you think you would be available to start work.
If we pick you as someone who seems to have the right stuff, then we will email you a much more comprehensive guide information pack and questionnaire.

And just one more to wet your palet:

Moe Guides and Tour Manager aka “Supreme leader”
Rogue Kiwis hiding in the Bolivian Andes. Check out the 10,000ft downhill days at

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