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.

Richmond, Virginia's historic capital city, is one of the best places to ride a mountain bike in the Mid-Atlantic states of the USA

With with a healthy dose of roots and rocks over ever-changing ups and downs., we’ll cover the classics like Belle Isle and Forest Hill Park before exploring the historic downtown and snapping pictures along the James River. A dip in the beautiful river is a definite possibility in the summer months to cool us down. To balance that out, there are sections of smooth and buttery flow at Pocahontas State Park, only 30 minutes southwest of the city. Everything here is wrapped up in pockets of lush green flora, where it’s easy to feel like you’re lost deep in the woods..

Whatever type of singetrack you prefer, you are sure to find it on the 75 miles of beginner to expert trails at your fingertips. With cozy accommodations included, along with healthy and delicious breakfasts and lunches, this weekend will recharge you and make you smile.

Prefer to do only Saturday on Downtown Richmond Trails?

You would like to participate in the adventure but cannot ride on Sunday?

Use coupon code: Saturday  Only at the time of booking to apply a $125 discount.    You’ll still get to take advantage of  the 2 nights accomadation along with meals, beverages and snacks on the day of the ride on Saturday!

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

Our Richmond Singletrack Weekend is for you if you are a passionate woman mountain biker who loves singletrack riding and adventure. You ride regularly and have some mountain bike skills, with the ability to ride for up to 4 hours per day at a relaxed to moderate pace, and can handle (or walk) moderately technical terrain. You can manage small obstacles, roots and rocks. and rollable drops. You love an urban environment as well as being in the woods.

  • 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

    $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

    March-DecemberSEE 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 : Welcome to Richmond, Virginia (Friday Eve and Saturday) Check in and The James River Singletrack Trails

We encourage you to settle in at your accomodations in historic Richmond city on Friday Eve. Check-in is any time after 4:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Please visit the Logistics tab for accommodation address and details. Enjoy multiple dinner options a short walk or ride before catching some Z’s for your weekend packed full of adventure! On Saturday your Guides will meet the group for a hearty breakfast at 830am in the city close to the trails. We’ll have a group meet and greet and review the exciting itinerary for the weekend of adventure. Our first stop will be the local bike shop to pick up bike rentals for those who booked them. We will then head over to the James River Park System to review the fundamentals of mountain biking in efforts to break bad habits and establish new and improved ones! There is always something to learn. After warming up, we're off to ride the singletrack on both sides of the James River with periodic stops to take pictures on this scenic ride, ground zero for the Richmond mountain biking scene. Over 50 miles of trails can be found in this urban, singletrack paradise and we'll hit some of the local favorites like Dogwood Dell, Forest Hill Park and North Bank. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the many awesome restaurants close to the trails. The afternoon will be spent riding more of Richmond's amazing singletrack with a stop at the end for a celebratory drink at a local Richmond establishment. We'll return to the bike shop around 4:30 pm. For tonight's dinner, the options are plenty to choose from, all within walking distance, or an optional barbecue at Lorene and Jeff's home along Riverside drive.

Day 2 : (Sunday) Pocahontas State Park

After packing our bags and checking out of our rooms, we will meet for breakfast at 8:30 am. Today, we'll load up our bikes and head to Pocahontas State Park for the day. First we will hit the Morgan and Swift Creek trail system and sample both new and old singletrack trails, like the Blueberry Hills trail and the Morel Ravine Trail. After a full morning of riding, we'll have a delicious packed lunch along the lake. In the afternoon we will ride the scenic Lakeview trails and enjoy the back country experience they offer. We will return to the bike shop by 4:30 pm with giant smiles and toast to an incredible weekend of shredding Richmond!
  • 2 nights cozy accomodations in historic Richmond, VA
  • 2 healthy and hearty breakfast and lunches
  • 1 full day of riding in the James River Park System along the James River
  • A Pocahontas State Park pass and 1 full day of riding in the park
  • Snacks and drinks for riding
  • A glass of wine or craft cider after a fun day of riding

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...

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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