General information

Freak Mountainbike Centre - group photoOur Freak Mountain Bike Trips are open to recreational, sporty and trained mountain bikers. You can choose to explore quiet parts of east Crete at your leisure or opt for more extreme trails in the rugged mountains.

Are you interested in a Group package? Then Jan will very eagerly organize a very special trip for you that delivers the right level of difficulty and includes two-or-more day tracks if you wish.

Will you be bringing your family? No problem! Non-cyclists will be able to enjoy the sea, the sun, the beach and the peaceful pool at our Castri Village Hotel. They can visit the many nearby attractions (archeological sites, Kato Zakros, Vai, deserted beaches…) or walk the many gorges of the area.

Castri Village Hotel

Freak Mountainbike Centre - Hotel Castri VillageOur home base is Castri Village Hotel in Palekastro, where the mountain bikers are staying and where all trips begin. It is a small-scale, pleasant and quietly located hotel on Kouremenos Hill, at about 300m from one of the most beautiful beaches in eastern Crete. The (studio) flats lie scattered on the hill in small Cretan houses. They all have a terrace with a spectacular view on Kouremenos Bay and Castri Hill. Breakfast is served next to the pool. In the evenings you can sit and talk over your “heroic exploits” of the day at the bar, also offering a great view of the bay. There are worse places to stay … Close to Paradise!

Other hotels or self-catering accommodations on request! More information

  • Rental bikes come with flat pedals or spd. You may want to bring your own pedals and saddle to fit to one of our bikes.
  • Bike backpack with hydration is recommended.
  • Helmets are compulsory, we strongly recommend you bring your own helmet although we have several available if needed.

Freak Mountainbike Centre - view on MochlosYou will need travel and medical insurance that covers mountain biking, as well as your European Health Insurance Card.

We ask to see, and make a copy of these before you ride with us.


Jan de Vriendt

Jan de Vriendt

bikeguide, owner and founder

Bikeguide, owner and founder of Freak Mountainbike Centre with his prefered sentence in any situation: “No Stress!”

Finds a solution in any situation and takes you to places not many tourists will ever discover!

Contact Jan de Vriendt


You will be riding high-quality professional BMC bikes and you will have the choice between standard and expert bikes. There will be no stress because of gears getting stuck or brakes not working properly: the bikes are serviced by our mechanic every day.

You send us your personal measurements and a perfectly fitted bike will be put aside for you.

The bikes come with flat pedals but you can have your own pedals fitted.

Especially for the ladies we have a range of women’s specific mountain bike saddles available!

Helmets are compulsory. A few helmets are available but we would recommend you bringing your own helmet.

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