Why do we require an application?

Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:

1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?

Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.

We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.

Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.

Virginia is for lovers of mountain biking!!

Virginia’s mountains have inspired generations of songs, but their beauty may leave you speechless. The breathtaking views they provide reach beyond a purely visual appeal.  Their beauty and bounty have inspired generations of musicians and travelers to explore and make themselves at home  here.  This is why Virginia is for Mountain Lovers. If you love true mountain rides with awesome descents then you will love this ride! 

Experience Virginia’s Mountain Biking Mecca on Narrowback Mountain

Located in the North River District of George Washington National Forest, there is a bit of everything on this loop including ridgeline riding, rocky sections with alternate lines, and  two memorable descents off the mountain. This loop is actually a figure eight  which will finish with a long flowy descent guaranteed to bring smiles all around!

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This ride is for you if you are an adventurous mountain bike rider who loves the forest, beautiful views and challenging singletrack with rewarding descents. You look forward to at least 13 miles of riding and 1800 ft of elevation change over the course of the day. This ride is perfect for you if your idea of heaven is spending the day riding in the quiet and peacefulness of the mountains.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    4/9

    Level 4/Intermediate

    • You have good general trail riding skills
    • You're capable of controlling bike speed and direction on moderate singletrack.
    • You ride at least 2-3 times/month during riding season.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 4/Intermediate

    • You have good general trail riding skills
    • You're capable of controlling bike speed and direction on moderate singletrack.
    • You ride at least 2-3 times/month during riding season.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $150 USD
  • FITNESS RATING

    4/9

    Level 4

    • You can ride 2-3 hours at a moderate pace with several short breaks, over a few days.
    • You are capable of climbing up to 200 vertical metres (650 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 2-3 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 4

    • You can ride 2-3 hours at a moderate pace with several short breaks, over a few days.
    • You are capable of climbing up to 200 vertical metres (650 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 2-3 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DURATION

    1 day
  • DATES

    All Year LongSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Familiar

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

    Level Familiar

    • On our Familiar trips, Riders from Western countries/cultures will generally experience familiar languages and cultures, and experiences that are generally familiar.
    • While the riding and activities themselves may be quite adventurous and/or challenge you, you'll still find the overall environment quite familiar if you come from a 'developed' country.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Adventurous' and 'Out There' Rides.

Day 1 : The Trails of Narrowback Mountain

We will meet off Tillman Road in the George Washington National Forest, about 45 minutes outside of Harrisonburg, Va. The first loop makes its way to the Dog Graveyard which is a gated road that sits next to remnants of old pet cemetery with signs and headstones still visible in the woods. From here we will make a right turn onto Narrowback trail which is the beginning of our singletrack. It is just a short distance to the Narrowback ridge. At the top of the hill we will turn left on Festival Trail and continue along this great section that follows the the ridgeline. It flows great in this direction. After topping out the Narrowback Mountain summit, (2224 ft.) we will start a nice downhill and meet a sharp right hand berm that drops to the east side of the ridge. The terrain here turns into an old road bed, but the wide corridor has been tightened to awesome singletrack and rolls quickly until it intersects with Narrowback Road. We will follow Narrowback Road for 3 miles to the next intersection with Narrowback Trail again. Intersecting with the Festival Trail, we will be back on familiar terrain since you passed through here before. Here is where there is a bailout for those who want to continue to their cars and call it a day after the super fun Festival Trail descent. For those of us who choose to do the second loop, we will turn left, and follow Tower Trail to the south. Tower Trail follows the south end of the Narrowback Ridge, climbing to the highest elevation of the ride at 2400 ft. Eventually we will intersect with Tillman West trail. Here there will be an option to climb another quarter mile on Tower Trail to the radio tower where there is a picnic bench and a great spot to refuel and enjoy the mountain air. From here we will continue on downhill to Tillman West which is a two mile flowy drop off the ridge that travels through open clearings from a timber sale. It is one great downhill and the highlight of this ride! This trail will level off near the bottom, cross Big Run Creek, and end at Tillman Rd where the ride began.
  • Healthy snacks and a delicious hearty lunch in the mountains
  • Experienced and friendly local guides with Wilderness First Aid training
  • A refreshing post ride beverage
  • A souvenir from Virginia to commemorate your epic ride
  • Pre-ride organic juice and a savory pastry

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination.

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GETTING THERE AND BACK +

Getting The Most Out of Your Trip +

BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

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Name Bio

Lorene Davidson
Hello fellow adventurers! I am Lorene and mountain biking is my passion. I am the co-founder and President of Women's Multisports of Richmond, Inc. which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women through sports. We lead...
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Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

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Norco Optic 9.1 Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$75.00


Below you will find the start and end dates as well as pickup locations for departures of this Ride. To book a spot on this Ride, click on the 'Book Now' link to book your spot.

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