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.

Big Mountain Singletrack on the East Coast

With over 3,000 feet of climbing over 36 epic miles, this ride promises to test your courage and endurance. The backbone of the Southern Traverse is the south end of the Shenandoah Mountain Trail, a 11-mile singletrack ridge-ride. The ridge is accessed by a doubletrack climb that ascends 1,800 feet through a picturesque hardwood hollow. The snaking trail follows the ridge south and is an amazing melody of smooth and fast downhills and technical rock gardens.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This ride is for you if you are adventurous, committed, and love true mountain riding. You can ride steep grades at times but look forward to that big downhill. You will have a great time on this ride if you can ride 6+ hours in the mountains and don't mind some narrow trails and an occasional brush whipping!

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    6/9

    Level 6/Intermediate Advanced

    • You are confident in your climbing and descending skills.
    • You can handle moderately technical terrain and obstacles such as small logs (up to 4" high) and rocks.
    • You have very good control of your bike on intermediate and slightly more advanced terrain, and are comfortable climbing non-technical singletrack.

    Level 6/Intermediate Advanced

    • You are confident in your climbing and descending skills.
    • You can handle moderately technical terrain and obstacles such as small logs (up to 4" high) and rocks.
    • You have very good control of your bike on intermediate and slightly more advanced terrain, and are comfortable climbing non-technical singletrack.
  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $150 USD
  • FITNESS RATING

    6/9

    Level 6

    • You can ride 4-5 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 5-6 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 6

    • You can ride 4-5 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • You can handle moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 5-6 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DURATION

    1 day
  • DATES

    April-NovemberSEE 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 Epic and Mighty Southern Traverse

At 815AM, we will meet at the Deerfield library in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in Deerfield, VA 24432.. From there we will all drive our cars to the trailhead.

This Epic route starts with a 4 mile climb on Benson Run Rd (aka USFS Rd 173) out of Deerfield Valley. The fire road climb is a nice and steady grade that climbs 1,300 ft to a saddle where you'll pick up the Shenandoah Mountain Trail heading south (left). Continue climbing on the trail towards the summit of The Bump at 3634 feet. This section of singletrack has long straights that are tight, twisty and smooth with some super technical rock gardens scattered throughout.

We will stop and which we have ordered from Mr J's in Harrisonburg and packed in our camelbacks.

We will continue on the Shenandoah Mountain Trail as it drops a bit to meet up with the ridge again. When everyone is ready we will stop to enjoy the views and have lunch prepared by Mr. J's in Harrisonburg that we have packed in our camelbacks. The route then skirts around North Sister Knob at an elevation of 3,292 feet and then coils up onto South Sister Knob at 3088. From here you'll begin a screaming 1,100 foot descent, some of the sweetest you've ever experienced. The trail ends at Scotchtown Draft - Route 627 where there will be a support vehicle with beverages and snacks. This would also be a possible bailout location for one or two riders who do not wish to ride the road back.

At this point you should take a break and try to stop smiling to keep your face from cramping.


Take a left on Route 627 and another left on Route 629 and enjoy about 10 miles of beautiful rolling country roads back to the trailhead.

  • Wilderness first aid certified local guides
  • Delicious, hearty lunch
  • One full day of riding in the mountains
  • Snacks for the ride
  • Shuttles, if necessary

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 +

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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 :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
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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.

This Getaways destination is not accepting bookings just yet. Please send a message via the Contact Us form if you would like to be notified when Rides are ready for booking.

Dates Duration Starting Point Starting Time Ending Point End Time Price Currency Booking Availability
Sunday, May 7, 2017 1 Day(s) Deerfield library. Address: George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, 59 Marble Valley Rd, Deerfield, VA 24432. 8:00am 4:00pm 90.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Sunday, August 20, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, August 26, 2017 1 Day(s) 8:30am 5:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Sunday, September 17, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Sunday, September 24, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, October 7, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, November 11, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Sunday, November 19, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Sunday, November 26, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, December 2, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, December 9, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Saturday, December 16, 2017 1 Day(s) Benson Run Rd 8:30am 4:30pm 150.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
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