FAQ

Here are some of our most frequently asked general questions. If you have questions about a specific trip, click on the 'Details' tab on the Ride's individual web page

How long have you been in business?

Sacred Rides has been offering the world's best mountain bike adventures since 1996, and we have won numerous awards in that time, including "#1 Mountain Bike Tour Operator on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure magazine. From our humble beginnings in beautiful Fernie, British Columbia, we have expanded to offer Rides and skills camps around the world, with a focus on local communities and giving back to the areas where we ride.

Sacred Rides is owned by Mike Brcic, a passionate mountain biker and father of three living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 

How do I know what each trip is like?

This website provides full details of each trip. If you still have questions, call us at 1-888-423-7849 (North America toll-free) or +1.647.999.7955, or e-mail us at ride@sacredrides.com. We would be happy to discuss our adventures with you!
 

What is included and not included in each trip?

You can view what's included on each Ride in the left-hand column while viewing the Overview tab, but in general you can expect a trip to include all accommodation, all breakfasts and lunches and some dinners, 2 experienced local guides and support staff, all transportation during the trip, gratuities at inns and restaurants, entrance to national and provincial parks, airport transfers (with some exceptions), and all the incredible memories you can possibly handle.
 

How far in advance should I book my Ride?

We recommend booking at least 6 months in advance for most of our Rides. Many of our Rides sell out well in advance so it's prudent to put down your deposit (10%) to guarantee you'll get a spot. We offer an early-bird booking discount: if you book your Ride more than a year in advance, we'll give you 5% off the price.
 

How do I book my spot on a Ride?

You can book your spot on a Ride by clicking 'Book Now' on any Ride page, or by calling us at 1-888-423-7849 (toll-free North America) or +1.647.999.7955 (International). A 10% deposit secures your spot, with the balance due 2 months prior to the Ride. This deposit is fully refundable for the first 14 days after your booking, so you can hold your spot risk-free for a week and use that time to sort out vacation time, flights, etc...
 

How fit do I need to be?

Our trips vary in difficulty but in general they are suited for intermediate to expert riders. An intermediate rider is someone who can ride 4 to 5 hours per day, for several days in a row. There will always be slower and faster riders on every trip; in general we try to cultivate a strong group dynamic so that people understand it's not about logging as many miles as possible on the odometer but about enjoying the spectacular riding and scenery inthe company of other riders, and that may require waiting every now and then. If there is a substantial enough split in the group that it will affect Riders' enjoyment of the trip, we may split up the groups if possible. Whatever your level, you'll get the best possible enjoyment out of your trip by getting in shape before the trip - we'll offer training suggestions in our post-booking communications to help you on your way.

Please read our Skill and Fitness Guide for more information.
 

How technical is the riding?

The difficulty of trails varies from trip to trip, and you can find more information on the skill level required by viewing the skill rating on each trip, and by viewing some of the photos and GoPro (point-of-view) videos on our website.
 

Who goes on Sacred Rides' trips?

Our Riders are passionate mountain bikers from around the world, united by a love for the sport and a passion for exploring the world. They are typically between the ages of 30 and 55, but we also get people younger and older than that range. On a typical trip we might have a couple or two, or a group travelling together, and 4 or 5 solo travellers. You'll meet some of the most interesting and friendly people in the world on our Rides!
 

What is a typical day like?

You'll typically start your day with a group breakfast at about 7:30 or 8:00 am, have a morning stretch session if feasible, then either hop on the bikes or in the support van to get to the trailhead. After a 2-to-3-hour ride, we'll head back to the lodge or a local restaurant for a relaxing lunch, with a bit of time to digest before heading out on the trails again. In the afternoon we'll log another 2 to 3 hours on the bike, then hit the lodge for a shower, dinner, and a few drinks to celebrate a great day of riding. We try to incorporate as much local culture and exploring as we can while riding, so there will often be stops to check out local points of interest, visit some locals, or maybe even spend an afternoon volunteering on a local project.
 

What is your maximum group size?

On most of our Rides, the maximum is 10 Riders and 2 guides. The exception is some of our skills camps where the maximum is slightly higher.
 

What if I'm traveling alone?

Not to worry - we get lots and lots of solo Riders. Our solo Riders tell us the best part of our Rides is being able to travel solo and meet lots of great people from around the world. Solo Riders are paired in double rooms with another Rider of the same gender, or may opt for a single room upgrade.
 

What are the rooming arrangements?

In most of our accommodations, you'll have a private room with private bath. Couples will generally receive queen or king size beds, while other riders will be paired two to a room, paired with someone of the same gender.
 

What kind of accommodation do you use?

Our accommodations vary, but in general you can expect comfortable midrange lodges and hotels. We try to select locally-owned accommodation that offers unique local character, often owned and staffed by local 'characters'.
 

What's the food like? Can you accommodate special dietary requests?

We try to select meals that are typical of the region you are riding in, and oyu can expect hearty, healthy fare that will keep your energy up while keeping your wasitline trim. On all trips, breakfasts and lunches are included, and on some trips several dinners are also included. We can accommodate almost all dietary requests, which you can enter into the booking form when making your reservation.
 

Should I bring my own bike or do you offer rentals?

We recommend you bring your bike if possible; you will ride better and with more comfort on your own bike than you will with a rental. If bringing your own is not feasible, then we offer good quality local rentals at all of our destinations - generally full-suspension although where full-sus is not available we offer hardtails.
 

Do you take children or young adults on your trips?

Our Riders must be at least 18 years of age if travelling solo or 16 if travelling with a parent, as long as they can meet the skill and fitness requirements.
 

Do you offer private departures for small groups?

Yes, we arrange custom trips all the time. We can offer a custom departure for groups of 6 or more (or fewer riders, but the per-person price will go up substantially for fewer than 6 riders). Contact us and we'll help you plan your dream Ride!
 

Can you help me plan a trip extension?

Yes! Our local staff on the ground know the regions where they guide intimately and can offer suggestions and advice on what to do and where to stay before or after your Ride. Many of our Rides offer carefully thought-out extensions such as a volcano hike, a kayaking side-trip or a visit to a remote monastery that can be simply added on to your invoice at the time of your booking, or anytime afterwards (up until 60 days prior to your departure).
 

Should I buy medical insurance and/or trip cancellation insurance?

All Sacred Rides participants are required to have valid travel medical insurance. We will ask you to fill out a medical release and Information form with your medical insurance policy information and general medical information before each trip. This information will be kept strictly confidential. Cancellation insurance is very strongly advised. With it, you will avoid losing the funds you have invested in your trip and flight due to an emergency or illness, or illness or death of an immediate family member. Some cancellation policies also provide baggage loss protection and other protection.

n.b. if you have your own travel medical insurance policy (e.g. through your work), please ensure that it covers adventure travel, specifically mountain bike trips - some policies exclude what they deem to be 'extreme' sports, and often mountain biking falls into that category. 

If you don't have your own insurance, you can purchase some via our insurance page.

 

Do you offer discounts or rewards for returning Riders?

Yes, all of our Returning Riders receive 5% off return bookings, as well as great merchandise rewards such as jerseys, jackets and bike bags via our loyalty program.
 

Who are your guides?

All of our guides are locals who live, work and play in the regions where they guide. They are some of the friendliest, most professional guides you'll meet in the industry and take great pride in showing you the awesome riding and culture of their home region. Their local knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion are your ticket to an unforgettable experience. On most trips, you will have two guides: a lead guide and an assistant guide,
 

What do I need to bring?

A detailed packing list is available under the Logistics tab of each of our Rides.
 

Can I give a Ride as a gift?

Yes! If you're interested in purchasing a trip for a friend or loved one, simply let us know when making your booking and we'll provide you with a gift package that you can give to the recipient.
 

What if I have to cancel?

After booking your Ride, you have a 14-day cancellation window to allow you to sort our flights and plan your time off. If something unexpected comes up and you need to cancel after those first 2 weeks, our lifetime deposit policy goes into effect: we will happily transfer your deposit to any of other departures of your choosing, at any time, as long as we get 60 days notice. You will never be charged a cancellation fee. If you need to cancel within 60 days of your departure, your deposit will be forfeited.

 

What if you need to cancel a trip?

Once a trip is scheduled, it's confirmed. We will never cancel a trip due to low numbers. You can go ahead and start looking into flights and making other arrangements right away. However, trip cancellation insurance is still mandatory as in very rare cases, situations beyond our control such as natural disasters, political unest or other similar events come up that may compromise the safety and enjoyability of a trip. In such extreme cases, we must reserve the right to cancel a trip, in which case we will give you a spot on another departure of the same trip, or a full credit to use towards any of our other trips.