Dave now runs SAA in his spare time which has grown to over 1900 members, he is not only a qualified Swiss Mountain bike guide but also a Mountain Bike Guide instructor and examiner for Swiss Cycling.
In winter the club has now expanded into what the Alps is most famous for, winter sports. The club uses qualified organisations to lead all sorts of winter activities.
"I am always surprised and delighted as to the enthusiasm and number of activities our members partake in. The range of abilities and interests throughout the members means there is always something for everyone who has any interest in an adventure, big or small. I'm just proud to be a part of it. " Dave O'Riordan.
Swiss Alpine Adventure is about “Enjoying the Ride” and sharing it with friends rather than trying to prove anything in terms of fitness or performance. On any ride our main philosophies are that no-one gets left behind, rides are at a sociable pace and the aim is to have everyone finish the day with a smile on their face.
Over the years Swiss Alpine Adventure has grown and in winter we are now every bit as much about skiing and snowboarding as we are about cycling in summer. In recent winters we have organised avalanche safety training for both beginners and more experienced back country travelers as well as a number of freeride and touring weekends. Once again the focus is on the participation and enjoyment rather than the performance.
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Dave O'Riordan is an Irishman, according to some members probably the only Irishman who doesn't drink Guinness, whiskey or in fact any other alcohol at all. Dave's background is in windsurfing, he is an accomplished watersports enthusiast who has windsurfed all over the world in locations such as Hawaii, Brazil, & Cape Verde to name a few. Dave is also an experienced watersports instructor with a passion for all outdoor sports.
Dave moved to Switzerland in 2004 to work in a large Orthopaedic Hospital in Zurich. Being a land locked country however Switzerland could not offer the same challenges as the Irish or Hawaiian coast when it comes to big wave riding. But not being one to sit around he started to explore the stunning Swiss Alps and found a unique culture of outdoor sports on offer. Mountain biking as we know it today in the area was in it's infancy but has since grown at an exponential rate with the backing of tourism and some awesome trails on offer. It wasn't long before friends and friends of friends started to come along for the ride and hence Swiss Alpine Adventure (SAA) was born.