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.

Two Day Epic Mountain Bike Adventure in the Virginia Mountains

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 scenic views then you will love this ride! 

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. You look forward to 20 miles of riding and 3500 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

    5/9

    Level 5/Strong Intermediate

    • You feel confident on intermediate-level trails
    • You can handle undulating terrain, have good control of your brakes and know how to shift gears appropriately so that you don't get off your bike too often
    • You can handle terrain that is slightly technical, with smaller rocks and roots and can climb on singletrack as long as it is not technical.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 5/Strong Intermediate

    • You feel confident on intermediate-level trails
    • You can handle undulating terrain, have good control of your brakes and know how to shift gears appropriately so that you don't get off your bike too often
    • You can handle terrain that is slightly technical, with smaller rocks and roots and can climb on singletrack as long as it is not technical.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $500 USD
  • FITNESS RATING

    5/9

    Level 5

    • You are capable of riding 4 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • ; You are confident climbing up to a total of 300 vertical metres (1,000 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 4-5 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 5

    • You are capable of riding 4 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • ; You are confident climbing up to a total of 300 vertical metres (1,000 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 4-5 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DURATION

    2 days
  • DATES

    May-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 Beautiful Mountains of Scenic Virginia!

Friday eve is arrival day! We can check into our hotel from 5pm onwards. At 7pm there will be an optional meet-and-greet with your guide(s) in the lobby. Saturday we will shuttle to the Braley Pond Day Use Area bright and early. Morning ride up Bridge Hollow trail and down Braley pond trail to the pond where we will have a delicious, healthy, locally-sourced lunch around the pond or at the picnic area. Our afternoon ride will go up Magic Moss trail and down Dowells Draft.

Day 2 : The Southern Traverse Epic Ride! Trails stamped in by Civil War soldiers are now available for mountain bikers to march through.

At 815AM, we will shuttle 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.
  • Experienced Wilderness First Aid Trained Local Guides
  • A souvenir from Virginia to commemorate your epic ride
  • All necessary shuttles to and from rides
  • Two nights accomodations in the mountains of Virginia
  • A Post-ride beverage to commemorate our adventure

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 +

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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