HOW IT ALL STARTED AND WHY WE CALL IT "RAFTING" IF NO RIVERS ARE INVOLVED?
The original idea behind the Rafting Bikes was to create, using the slopes of Tenerife’s mountains, a giant slide, about 2-3 miles long, where both young and adults could enjoy a ride in some type of sledge. Back in 1.999 I started investigating all the nearby mountains, doing miles and miles up and down in my jeep, trying to find the right place to build the toboggan. At the same time I used to take my children, then aged 10 and 6, on Sundays for some bike rides on dirt roads with no traffic at all, which abound in the many abandoned banana farms which have closed to give way to the tourist development. One day the light dawned on me: The giant slide was already made! It was the many almost empty roads in Tenerife’s mountains. And the sledges were also there ready to be used: Bicycles! I just had to turn what was a Sunday outing with my kids into some commercially feasible tour. It took many trials and tests but finally the right course and the right type of bike was found, and in November 1999 we started doing the Rafting Bike almost as you can see it today, 18 years later. Doesn’t time fly???