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.

Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

Slatyfork is an adventurous mountain biking destination that you will love exploring. There’s a lot to rave about on the trails surrounding Slatyfork, but the most important point to mention is that this is pure mountain biking.  What you will find is mountain terrain ripe with fern-covered rocks and roots, small mountain creeks, and lush hardwood forests.  Using the Elk River Touring Center as our launching spot, we can get to more than 60 miles of singletrack and nearly the same amount of forest roads.  . And they will fix us a big, tasty breakfast to start our day off right. In the evening, treat yourself to a fine meal prepared with care and served to you with personal attention.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

Advanced mountain bikers and seasoned beginners alike will have fun on the trails around Slatyfork. This is a place for riders who value solitude and adventure. It’s common to not see a single person the entire day on the trails. On the other hand, this is a great place to get a group of friends together for a long weekend of mountain bike exploration and delicious food at the inn. This is the ride for you if you enjoy developing long lasting relationships and memorable adventures with like-minded mountain bikers.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    3/9

    Level 3/Strong Beginner

    • You're hooked but still lack the skills to tackle terrain beyond beginner level
    • You know how to use your gears and brakes properly but when the terrain gets technical, you have to get off your bike and walk
    • You can handle singletrack as long as it is smooth and with few rocks or roots.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 3/Strong Beginner

    • You're hooked but still lack the skills to tackle terrain beyond beginner level
    • You know how to use your gears and brakes properly but when the terrain gets technical, you have to get off your bike and walk
    • You can handle singletrack as long as it is smooth and with few rocks or roots.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $500 USD
  • FITNESS RATING

    3/9

    Level 3

    • You are capable of riding 1-2 hours a day at a relaxed pace with several breaks.
    • You can handle one or two easy climbs of up to 150 vertical metres (330 ft.) total.
    • You exercise on average 1-2 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 3

    • You are capable of riding 1-2 hours a day at a relaxed pace with several breaks.
    • You can handle one or two easy climbs of up to 150 vertical metres (330 ft.) total.
    • You exercise on average 1-2 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DURATION

    2 days
  • DATES

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  • 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 : Friday evening check in and Saturday mountain bike adventure

Friday evening 1-3pm check in to the Main House with a chance to decompress from your drive and to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Elk River Lodge. 7pm Meet and Greet with dinner served by the friendly staff at the inn.
Saturday, after a hearty, hot breakfast, we will enjoy a full day of riding with plenty of stops to enjoy the scenery and regroup. We will have a delicious, hearty lunch on the trail packed by the Elk River lodge and return home to shower by between 4 and 5pm. Dinner will be served after we have had a chance to wind down and chat about our day's adventure!

Day 2 : Sunday let's hit the trails again

Another beautiful challenging trail on the mountain awaits us. After another amazing breakfast we’ll hit the singletrack once again. A fun downhill and ride back to the center will put us at about 10-15 miles today. Clean and pack up before getting together for a sumptuous lunch buffet and exchanging stories about your day. We are usually finished and saying our goodbyes between 1-2 pm.

Ride routes may vary due to weather, group ability, and trail conditions, etc.
  • Six gourmet meals
  • 2 nights lodging at the Elk River Inn
  • All shuttling services
  • 2 days of guided riding
  • Healthy snacks

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

We’ve Got You Covered +

GETTING THERE AND BACK +

Getting The Most Out of Your Trip +

BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

Important Stuff +

Other Stuff +

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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NOTE: There are no scheduled departures at the moment, but custom group departures are available for groups of 2 or more. If you are interested in a custom departure, contact us at richmond@sacredrides.com or +1 804 873 3959.
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