History of FunActive TOURS and its founder Freddy Mair.
It is impossible to talk about FunActive TOURS without mentioning Freddy Mair’s life, so the two stories are inextricably linked to each other.
Freddy Mair was born and lives in Villabassa – Niederdorf in Alta Val Pusteria, in South Tyrol in the province of Bolzano. Here, between the peaks of the Dolomites and the fir and larch forests, he spent his childhood and youth, skiing in winter and cycling in the summer, discovering and cultivating his passion for a healthy sport and his love for life in the open air, in nature and among people.
In 1988, during his military service he began to dedicate himself to mountain biking, being part of the sports group of the Carabinieri.
From then until 1998, when he left the competitive activity, he was selected several times in the Italian representative participating in the World Cup, won several titles of Italian champion and won several times the “Kenya MTB Ralley”.
In 1995 he took part in the famous first edition of the “Crocodile Trophy” in Australia concluding the race in third place.
And it was in that year that Freddy designed a route for a MTB race with a length of 105 km on an altitude difference of 3,000 meters in the heart of the Dolomites: so the first edition of the “Crocodile Trophy” took place on July 9. “Dolomiti Superbike”, which over the years becomes a sporting event of great importance. His idea and his creature! After having participated again in the “Crocodile Trophy”, Freddy left the competitive sport, remaining faithful to the bike and its universe.
In fact, in 1999 he started working in the cycling tourism sector for a renowned tour operator known all over Europe, with the task of being responsible for the elaboration, organization and assistance of bike trips in Italy.
It was an exciting and rewarding experience, so much so that Freddy began to think about developing his own business dedicated to cycling tourism, active tourism and the outdoors. So, with the stubbornness typical of the athlete and the characteristic love of his people for their land, in 2002 he founded a company in his small town called “FunActive TOURS” and began to organize bike trips in Italy and Austria. The first tours elaborated and offered by FunActive TOURS are: “The Drau Bike Path – From Bressanone to Villach”, “From the Dolomites to Venice” and “From the Dolomites to Lake Garda”.
The offer finds approval in the cycling tourism market and in 2003, due to the growing interest in cycling trips by Italian bike lovers, Freddy widens its scope and offers tours all over Europe with great success: Holland, Germany, France and so on. And in addition to bike trips, he starts to organize the first trekking tours on foot (“La via della castagne”, “I parchi naturali delle Dolomiti”) and winter weeks on cross-country skis (“Sci di fondo – safari in the Dolomites”).
Meanwhile, the office in Via Frau Emma in Villabassa became too small and in 2008 the FunActive TOURS moved to Via Stazione 3, also in Villabassa.
The company that sells bike trips grows exponentially and Freddy is forced to hire a team of collaborators: after only two years, in 2010, the premises of the new office are already too small for the team. And so, in Dobbiaco, the capital of Alta Val Pusteria, a branch of FunActive TOURS opens in the renovated premises of the railway station, right at the starting point of the famous “Dobbiaco/San Candido -Lienz” cycle path.
And the story continues…