WE HELP YOU LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST

"#1 MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR COMPANY ON EARTH"

-National Geographic Adventure

Since 1996, we've helped over 10,000 people from around the world get more out of life through heart-pounding, fist-pumping, soul-fulfilling mountain bike adventures in some of the most spectacular places on Earth

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our awards!

Awarded #1 Mountain Bike Company on Earth by NatGeo Adventure

#1 Mountain Bike Company on Earth

National Geographic Adventure

Awarded Best Mountain Bike Outfitter 2014 by Outside Magazine

Best Mountain Bike Outfitter 2014

Outside Magazine Annual Travel Awards

Awarded Top Trips in Canada by Explore Magazine

Top Trips in Canada

Explore Magazine

Awarded Teva Sustainability Award by Adventure Travel World Summit

Teva Sustainability Award

Adventure Travel World Summit

why ride with sacred rides?

Here are a few reasons why you'll get the adventure of your life with us: 

Sacred Rides Got You Covered for Complete Peace Of Mind

PEACE OF MIND POLICIES

From our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, to Guaranteed Departures, to Lifetime Deposits, we’ve got you covered with our Peace of Mind service package.
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Exceptional Mountain Biking Customer Service

ROCK STAR CUSTOMER SERVICE

Our goal is to treat you like a rock star with the industry’s best customer service... Dedicated Rider Happiness Managers, an online Support Desk, your own Rider Dashboard, and more!

#1 Mountain Bike Tour Company on Earth

19 YEARS ON TOP

Since 1996 we’ve been the world’s leading mountain bike adventure company, ranked “#1 Mountain Bike Tour Company on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure magazine, and 2014 “Best MTB Outfitter” by Outside Magazine.

Mountain Bike Adventures with Local Guides

LOCAL GUIDES

All of our Rides are guided by friendly, knowledgeable local guides. Secret trails, out-of-the-way swimming holes, the best restaurant in town... they know it all!

Giving Back to Community development and Buidling bike trails

GIVING BACK

Guided by our Responsible Riding mandate, our goal is to give back to every community we operate in by funding and supporting community projects, donating to local MTB clubs, building trails and more!

Meaningful Mountain Bike Travel Experience

MEANINGFUL ADVENTURES

Our Rides feature tons of local culture and experiences designed to give you a meaningful travel experience. We start with great mountain biking and outdoor adventures, and layer on lots of interaction with locals and experiences designed to give you a better appreciation for the area you're visiting.

our core purpose

 

FIND YOUR RIDE

To inspire you to live life to the fullest through kickass mountain bike adventures
  • By challenging you to safely push your limits
  • By connecting you with other people, places and cultures
  • By thrilling you with spine-tingling moments of joy and awe
  • By moving you with soul-stirring locations and experiences

PEACE OF MIND

Planning an adventure can be stressful. We’ve got your back...

100% satisfaction Guarantee - Free Ride or Money Back

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

Not 100% satisfied? We’ll give you a free trip, no questions asked. If we haven’t won you back after your free ride, we’ll refund your money.

Cancel and Tranfer Your Bike Ride Deposits to Any Ride, Any Time

LIFETIME DEPOSITS

Need to cancel? Your deposit is good with us forever - just transfer it to another Ride when you’re ready to join us again.

Guranteed Departures on All Bike Ride events

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Once you're signed up, you're going! We won't ever cancel a trip due to low numbers, so you can go ahead and book your flights early and save $$$!

Risk Free Ride Booking - 100% Deposit Refund on Cancellation

RISK-FREE BOOKING WINDOW

Got cold feet? Couldn’t find a flight? Cancel up to 2 weeks after your initial booking and get 100% of your deposit back.

Mountain Bike Ride Travel Concierge Service

TRAVEL CONCIERGE SERVICE

Want to extend your trip? Need help with insurance or flights? Our Travel Concierge is at your disposal to help you with advice and suggestions. Your Rider Dashboard allows you to easily book extra hotel nights, post or pre-trip packages, even post-ride massages!

Mountain Bike Ride Applications

RIDE APPLICATIONS

Our Singletrack and Bring-Your-Partner Rides require an application to ensure that everyone who joins these trips are a good fit for the difficulty level. This helps ensure that you're booked on the right Ride, as are the other people joining you.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

These are the values that guide us.

FIND YOUR RIDE

  • Make a positive impact in the world.
  • Do things differently and take smart risks.
  • Make decisions that will make sense 100 years from now.
  • Work hard to earn trust and even harder to keep it.
  • Give back to the people and places that support us.
  • Have fun and be a little ridiculous.
  • WOW our customers with every interactions.
  • Be 100% accountable.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER

Why Mountain Biking Matters

Ask Mike Brcic, Why Mountain Biking Matters

Mountain biking can change lives.  I know this because it’s changed mine. 

From the moment I first threw a leg over a bike at the age of 6, I was hooked.  Discovering mountain biking 12 years later only deepened the addiction.  Sacred Rides was founded, way back in 1996 in Fernie, British Columbia, on the belief that mountain biking can make a difference in people’s lives: our Riders, our guides and support staff, and the people in the communities we visit. 

From opening us up to the sanctity of our mountains, forests and rivers, to experiencing another culture from the seat of one’s steed, to making direct contributions to local community projects, mountain biking has the ability to change lives.  I think you’ll agree that mountain biking and travel can and should change the world for the better. That’s the very core of what Sacred Rides is all about.

Mike Brcic,

Founder/CHO (Chief Happiness Officer)

OUR STORY

Sacred Rides over the years.

FIND YOUR RIDE

From humble beginnings in Fernie, British Columbia almost 20 years ago, to our current ranking as “World’s Best Mountain Bike Outfitter” by Outside Magazine, we’ve had a lot of memorable milestones along the way.

  • 1996 - Sacred Rides founded in Fernie, British Columbia, by Mike Brcic
  • 1998 - First overnight trip into the B.C. backcountry launched (our renowned “Akamina-Kishinena Explorer”)
  • 1999 - First weeklong singletrack trip (the “Best of BC” - now Rocky Mountain Singletrack) in interior B.C.
  • 2001 - “Ultimate BC” 13-day trip launched, covering B.C.’s best interior riding
  • 2003 - First women’s weeklong mountain bike camp launched in Fernie, B.C.
  • 2006 - 10 year anniversary! First international scouting trip (to Peru) - Inca Trail trip launches later that year.
  • 2007 - Surf and Singletrack (Chile) and Breathtaking Balkans (Slovenia/Croatia) Rides launched
  • 2007 - Bikes Without Borders, our sister charity, launched by Sacred Rides founder Mike Brcic
  • 2009 - Selected “#1 Mountain Bike Tour Operator on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure magazine
  • 2009 - Winners of TEVA sustainability award at the Adventure Travel World Summit
  • 2011 - Pedal and Paddle trip (Patagonia) ranked Top 50 Adventures of 2011 by Outside Magazine
  • 2013 - Explorer line of beginner trips launched
  • 2014 - Bring-Your-Partner line of beginner trips launched
  • 2014 - Ranked “World’s Best MTB Outfitter” by Outside Magazine

UNBEATABLE STAFF

Our staff are among the best in the world.

I am a geeky neuroscientist by day and an avid mountain biker...also by day. Like many ladies, I was introduced to riding a bit later in life (by an ex-boyfriend...*typical*) but biking started consuming my weekends and I quickly forgot about both the ex-boyfriend (that's not true; he's actually still one of my best friends and regular riding buddies) and most of my other outdoor hobbies in the pursuit of two-wheeled fun. Riding for fun eventually turned into racing and that gave me a new challenge, a few accomplishments to be proud of, a new perspective on riding, some amazing friends, and a few injuries, as well. The next logical step was to get my coaching/guiding certification (I now have my PMBIA Level 1) and start spreading my love of the sport. I am very proud of the ladies-only riding group that I started in my hometown of Lethbridge and now here I am at Sacred Rides looking for the next adventure!
Rides I Guide: La Ruta de Maya
I'm a person that I like the mountain bike, I like to know new places where I can go on bicycle.
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Rides I Guide: Breathtaking Balkans
All my life was and is turning about sports from the beginning. I tried, tested and trained many different sports, but there are some which were and are big parts of my life and worth mentioning. So I was first introduced by my parents to alpine skiing when I just really started walking. I enjoyed it a lot so I started to train it and was doing it for around seven years but then decided to quit it for it took all my time but I came by some different things to do. I found snowboarding, in which I am now persisting for more than 12 years and last six years as licensed snowboard instructor. Because I like mountains and nature, I also started climbing when I was 12 years old and still doing it as my hobby occasionally. Now to my biggest hobby and part of me, mountain biking. I Got my first bike when I was 3 years old and since then enjoyed every moment on it. As soon as I got in touch with mountain biking I become “in love” with downhill, and the next logical step was to start racing which I took right away. I was racing for 3 years in Slovenian cup as a junior racer. As my family runs mountain bike company and hotel now for around 15 years I was quickly introduced with mountain bike guiding. So I did my first mountain biking license which was OTC trail leader award from Great Britain, followed next year by OTC technical leader award and OtC technical leader assessment all programs adjusted for guiding in Slovenia. The same year I also did Slovenian mountain bike teacher licence. Because I chose outdoor activities as my lifestyle I decided to go to study tourism at Turistica- college of tourism Portorož to combine joy and work in my life. All guiding I do I try to combine my experiences from past and my love for having fun doing it.
Having grown up in Fernie, Caleb shares a special bond with the forests and mountains that surround this little town. He has spent most of his life playing and working here in Fernie but has done his fair share of travelling; skiing and biking in Europe, travelling and competing all over North America following the Freeskiing World Tour, and exploring BC and Quebec on his mountain bike. With that said, he is still proud and excited about his life in Fernie. “When I got back to Fernie after a 10 month trip to Europe (my first time really away from home) I understood that British Columbia is where I want to be, and Fernie has everything I need to grow myself as an athlete and I am so content spending my days enjoying biking with friends or doing solo touring missions on the Lizard Range.”
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Rides I Guide: Breathtaking Balkans
Born in 1980, living in Kras (Slovenian Karst Region). I have studied geography in Ljubljana and have been working predominantly as tour guide since then - in last years spending a lot of time as bike guide. I love mountain biking, mountaineering and travelling - doing my best to share this passion with groups or individuals visiting Slovenia and neighbouring countries. I speak Slovenian, English, German and Croatian fluently.
Rides I Guide: Paradise Island Enduro
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Rides I Guide: Alpen Thrills Enduro
Hello, my name is Sander and I am an outdoor enthusiast. The last 16 years I am professionally engaged in outdoor sports. Whether it's mountaineering, skydiving or scuba diving... I would prefer to do it all and continuously. But that's quite difficult, so I have created my live around my two favorite outdoor sports! My passion for mountain biking started during the summer of 2005 when I was asked to run an animation project in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. A major part of the entertainment program consisted of getting the tourists active on the mountain. Mountain biking was a very popular part of our program. I enjoyed it very much to teach and guide these beginner bikers and help them with there first real mountainbike experience! Since the summer of 2006 I have been guiding mountain biking tours and trips all over the Alps during summer. The fact that I like to teach and guide is probably not really strange since I am ski instructor/guide during winter since 2000. I am in possession of the highest Swiss, Austrian and German ski qualifications. Teaching and guiding is my second nature I guess. What's my first...? Living! My experience as a ski guide is an enormous asset and helps me a lot while guiding mountain bike trips. I love to work with people and sense what the group wants. An other aspect is ofcourse the weather, you gotta read from sight because we don't always have wifi or gsm reception were we ride in the Alps. I hope we'll ride together and we may show you the most Sacred Rides through this magnificient part of the Alps! Sander
I got hooked on mountain biking when I started adventure racing in Ontario about 12 years ago. Admittedly, I became a little obsessed. The mountains called and I moved to Fernie in 2008. My time in Fernie exposed me to trails that I love and an amazing mountain biking community. I am biased to Fernie trails but I love exploring and discovering other trails from Moab, Oregon, Santa Cruz, Revy, East and West Kootenays to name a few. I have dabbled in cross country racing , adventure racing and raced in mtb/trail running duathlons. I am certfied level 1 PMBIA instructor. I have instructed with the Fernie Flyers kids camps and got to bike with some rad young riders and work with Fernie Alpine Resort instructing the women's weekend mtb camps.
I grew up on two wheels. My parents always road and raced mountain bikes, which inspired me to follow suit. I've emersed myself in the world of bikes by working as a mechanic, a coach and continuing to race. I really just love to ride for any reason and am stoked to have the opportuinity to show others how awesome two wheeled adventures can be.
Paul has been competing successfully in the sport of Downhill Mountain Bike racing for well over 15 years. He was raised in Norfolk County and started his cycling career at the age of 12. He received provincial honours in BMX, XC and Downhill Mountain Bike racing. He won his first provincial championship in BMX at age 14 and went on to win a provincial championship in XC (Cross Country) Mountain Bike racing in 2000. Over the years, Paul transitioned into Downhill Mountain Bike racing and has competed provincially, nationally and three times at the Master's (over age 30) World Championships. Paul's achievements through his career include:16 Ontario Cup wins, two Canada Cup wins, five provincial championships and a Silver at the Canadian National Championships. The Meiklejohn family currently reside in Turkey Point, ON where Paul was a founding member of the Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club formed in 2011.
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Rides I Guide: Breathtaking Balkans
I was born in a small village surrounded by endless hills and mountains, so my choice regarding sports was very simple – anything with adrenaline and gravity. After rock climbing, snowboarding and dirt biking, I quickly realised that I like things that have two wheels more. I got my first real mountain bike and since then I enjoy every single ride I do. In 2013 I made a Slovenian mountain bike teacher/guide license, since then my whole life is based around mountain biking and I love it.
Rides I Guide: Arctic Circle Fatbike
Born and raised in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, I grew up wanting to be a professional mountain biker. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in Recreation Management/Outdoor Experiential Education I moved to Aspen, Colorado to teach skiing for the Aspen Skiing Company in the winter and guide mountain bike, raft and hiking trips in the summer. I've been co-guiding the California Lost Coast Adventure trip for several years and love nothing more than getting people outdoors to experience the wonder of nature from the seat of a mountain bike. When I'm not guiding trips for Sacred Rides I works for Trips for Kids - Marin, guiding mountain bike trips for underserved youth in the Bay Area and the Ski Schools of Aspen Snowmass during the winter. Hope to see you on the trail soon!
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I currently live in Park City Utah, the IMBA Gold Level ride center of the United States! I grew up in Utah and have spent years riding all over our beautiful state. I started riding bikes 19 years ago and have dedicated my lifestyle and surroundings to the outdoors. Not only have I lived in Utah, but have moved to many different mountain bike destinations including Crested Butte/Colorado, Lake Tahoe/California ,Jackson Hole/Wyoming and even Oahu/Hawaii. Needless to say I live and breath biking and boarding. My riding history also includes xc racing and dh racing. I have been a Registered Nurse for 14 yrs, but discovered a love for guiding/coaching people of all ages. I am dedicated to make sure everyone enjoys their time spent on bikes in nature! I am a dog lover as well and rescue elderly fuzzy friends.
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I was born in Patagonia in the Welsh settlement town of Trevelin, surrounded by Andes mountains and rivers. Ever since I was a child, my parents gave me a sense of adventure by taking me on different expeditions from climbing mountains to multi-day kayaking trips. As I grew up, I started searching for my own adventures by riding my bike through the woods and exploring the trails around our village. By the time I was a teenager, adventure was a big part of my life. We are also a family of swimmers and as such I spent most of my teenage years training in the swimming pool and I learned a lot by competing in the sport. Eventually, some friends introduced me to the world of whitewater paddling and that led me into a whole new way of living. From that point in my life, I started traveling with my whitewater kayak, searching for new rivers and beautiful places and getting to know tons of awesome people. Being able to work doing the things I love is the best part of it all. Now, I work as a full-time outdoor adventure guide, trip leading and doing logistics for multi-day adventures including trekking, whitewater kayaking, mountaineering, sea-kayaking and mountain biking. Life is good!
“Eze” was born and raised in the outskirts of El Bolsón where his family ran a campground on the banks of the Azul River. As an adult, he has been spending his summers guiding rafts on the river, and guiding mountain bikers through the forests. His winters are spent instructing snowboarding. Eze also works as an assistant instructor for Boreal River Rescue courses.
Rides I Guide: Mayan Highlands
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A native to Costa Rica, Eduardo has been guiding guests through Costa Rica for 17 years. He is an active adventurer and passionate outdoorsman. Though he'll effortlessly take you down pristine whitewater or guide you through the incredible singletrack of Costa Rica, it's his laid back personality and infectious sense of humor that'll make you want to follow him down the trail.
Rides I Guide: Mayan Highlands
I am a painter, I started guided by the passion I have for my culture and the beauty of my country.
Born and raised in Montana, I thought there wasn't anything that could put a smile on my face more than skiing powder...then I got a mountain bike! I have since spent all my free time in summer riding trails from Montana to New Zealand to Costa Rica. And now, after guiding, living and exploring in Costa Rica for more than 12 years, I consider it my home away from home. Come join me in the land of "Pura Vida" and let's ride!
Rides I Guide: Magnificent Mesas
Let's see, how do I begin one of these? Mountain biking saved my life? How's that? After a directionless, rather unmotivated push through my late teens and early twenties my life path crossed with an incredible person/boss that basically told me I needed to get out on a bike. Heeding his advice, I borrowed a bike, rode a local trail outside of Boulder (Walker Ranch) in the midst of a gnarly thunderstorm, and forever awakened the pedaling gene I apparently had dwelling in my system. From that first ride onward I have watched my life change in the best ways. Ever since that painful, sloppy ride, I have wanted to share the gift of cycling with anyone and everyone that shows a hint of interest in the two wheeled machines we call bikes. From fixing to riding, I relish the chance to learn and share my knowledge and experiences. Seeing people get psyched about riding is absolutely the ultimate for me, and I enjoy the opportunity to facilitate that energy. Let's go shred!
My name is Xavier, I'm from Cusco - Peru and I'm 29 years old. My father taught me how to ride a bike when i was 5 years old. I used to spend hours riding around my neighborhood. When I was 22 my older brother took me to some trails around Cusco and I fell in love with the mountains, nature and my bike. I then started to do some local races and had good results. Now I work as an official tour guide specialized in mountain bikes tours, a job that has given me the chance to do lots of spectacular rides all over the world. It's a dream job that allows you to share the best trails in Peru and our rich culture.
I was born in the picturesque mountain town of Dharan in the shadows of Mount Everest. I was introduced to mountain biking when I was 16 and have been a mechanic and guide since then.
RJ Ripper is Nepal’s youngest (and reigning) National Downhill Champion. In addition to being an amazingly talented bike handler, he is probably also the fastest puncture repair-man north of the Himalayas.
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My name is Travis Foell, 24 years old I have been biking since I could walk. I broke my first bike frame at six by taking it off a 3 foot drop to flat pavement. This past year 2014/2015 I took a mountain adventure program here in fernie that certified me with a 80 hour wilderness first aid, level 1 mountain bike instructor, swift water rescue technician, and AST 2.
Rides I Guide: Alpen Thrills Enduro
Having adventures and thrill seeking has become my way of life since my feet could just about reach the pedals. When I was a kid growing up in the UK the adventures may have been not quite on the same scale and on smaller mountains however the concept has always been the same: ride and have as much fun as possible!! My adventures have taken me to all kind of places across the planet. The alps is where i call home now a days and its packed full of potential adventures there is so much culture here its just awesome you never have to travel far for a completely different experience. Here in Switzerland we have 4 languages in 4 areas of the country and each area is totally different from the other. I am still amazed by the beauty and the amount of trails here, it would take a life time to ride them all.
Rides I Guide: Paradise Island Enduro
When I`m not taking care of my family I am either riding, building trails or advocating for mountain bikes. It`s no longer just a hobby, every single bit of spare time I have I head to the trails. The long hours with the shovel, the mattoc and the chainsaw are almost, just almost as fun as riding. I`m one of the founders of the first mountain bike and trail association in the Azores called AZPEDAL, and I can`t wait to show you our trails. Never judge an island by it`s size !
I appreciate any activity that lets me breathe fresh air and marvel at the natural world. After a few years of outdoor guiding, mostly sea kayaking and hiking trips, I discovered mountain biking and fell in love. I started mountain biking in 2009 and now I grab my bike whenever the mood strikes - which is quite often!
I spent the majority of my upbringing with no skin on my elbows; war wounds from attempting to master the art of hucking to flat. What began as a hobby became a passion, passion evolved to addiction, and now mountain biking is an ingrained cornerstone of my lifestyle. My roots in downhill racing pushed me to be disciplined and diligent as I developed my cycling skills, and as I matured it became apparent that it's much better to slide through corners with my tires than my head. Now that I am no longer a masochistic athlete, my training regime consists of exercises such as barley curls and French press - subsequently, I consider myself to be a "professional fun-haver", and I am honored to guide for Sacred Rides so that I can share air miles and big smiles one tire track at a time!
It truly was love at first ride for me! ... That was back in 2003 and I haven't stopped riding ever since! Exploring our gorgeous landscape by bike and finding new adventures around every corner has become my passion. Now I get to share that passion and love for spectacular outdoor adventures with others! Just another amazing gift of mountain biking, and there are many!
As the youngest of four, I grew up riding bikes around our small town, cattle farm chasing after my three older siblings. These carefree childish rides evolved into a lifetime of competitive mountain biking for all of us. After 8 years of competing across North America and Europe, mountain biking is no longer a sport I am apart of, rather it has become my lifestyle. Upon hanging up the racing bikes, I found a passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with other like minded women on how to have more fun on their bikes. I have been working with local women's clubs since, and loving every minute of it.
I grew up on a dead end street with a one acre patch of "woods" at the end where my brother, myself, and all our friends used to ride a tiny circuit of single track and build jumps on the one tiny downhill. When I was in elementary school I went on my first "mountain bike" ride, which consisted of myself, my brother and all our friends being led by one of our friends dads, through the forest on the edge of town mostly pushing, but occasionally riding our bmx's through gullies and over hills. What an adventure! Ever since then being on my bike in the woods has been where I'm most content. I've been in love with using my bike to lose myself in the landscape ever since. About a decade ago I moved to Moab, where I get to lose myself in one of the most incredible landscapes on earth.
Growing up in Argentine Patagonia Julian always had a love for rivers and mountains. Riding bikes was the number one pastime of his childhood and this eventually progressed into competitive downhill and cross-country bike competitions. His short competitive biking career in his teens was successful but was slowed down by a bout with some unwelcome brain tumors! Don't be bummed reading this because he fully recovered and turned his sights to whitewater where he completed an eco-tourism degree followed up by becoming a whitewater and multi-sport guide on the challenging Futaleufú River in Chile. Since then he has worked as a whitewater and multi-sport guide and instructor in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Zambia, and Argentina. Aside from Sacred Rides trips, Julian and his wife own and operate a small whitewater adventure tourism company called Paddle Patagonia. Julian is known as a talented and patient instructor as well as a skilled bike and raft guide, kayaker and canoeist. He is a Wilderness First Responder as well as a Whitewater Rescue Technician Instructor with Boreal River Rescue and a Kayaking and Canoe Instructor with Paddle Canada. His pastimes naturally include riding as well as paddling and seeking out new “first descent” rides and rivers in Patagonia but besides that he loves to work on building and construction projects. Currently he and his wife Katie are finishing the building of their first home in El Bolsón while simultaneously chasing after their high-energy toddler Teo and are awaiting (at the time of writing) the arrival of baby number 2!
What started as a carefree summer in 1998 putting around the Canadian Rockies in a VW Van, turned into decades of deliberate and thoughtful adventure. Throughout my travels, I have been fortunate enough to work with, train with and learn from some extraordinary people, mentoring me to become the person I am today. Passionate about sharing my love for adventure sport, you can find me leading women’s intro to road cycling, women’s intro to downhill mountain biking and women’s snowboarding clinics.
Rides I Guide: Alpen Thrills Enduro
Where would the world be without outdoor sports? I enjoy pretty much any outdoor activity, but especially skiing and mountain biking make my heart beat faster. In my youth I started with biking and I never stopped. First road biking and the last ten years mainly mountain biking. I love the sense of freedom and flow that comes with exploring the trails with my bike. Besides my professional job as a project manager for a contractor, which is mainly office work, the biking is the perfect reason to get out there and feed my soul with the adventure it needs. The experience I gained through my side-jobs as mountaineering and ski instructor are a great asset in the bike guiding. I started guiding for Sacred Rides 3 years ago in Fernie, Canada. Now being back in Europe I am assisting with the Alpen Thrills trip in Switzerland and Italy. I hope to get the change to take you out for a ride on one of the amazing trails in this region, which are rich in culture and history. Ps: In the video of one of my trips to Finale Ligure I am the guy in orange or green shorts ;)
I love riding of any style. Downhill, all-mountain, bike touring, or taking my son to school on the townie with studded tires through deep snow... everything is better on a bike! Sharing my love of riding with others through coaching and guiding is the most satisfying thing in the world. With Sacred Rides, not only do I get to show off my backyard (Fernie, BC), but I get to meet amazing people and hear about great riding around the world (when can I visit?). My goal is to make every ride and every day an unforgettable experience for the people I'm hosting.
Based in Fernie, BC surrounded by the mountains, I get to share my passions of mountain biking and skiing by spending most of the summer teaching mountain biking both to adults and kids . I get to travel to many great places in both Canada and the US, April through to September then in the winter I teach skiing in Fernie. After moving out to Fernie 10 years ago, my job in the UK was a College Lecturer, I have always loved to teach and now my classroom is in the mountains.
I learned to mountain bike in 2002, in Durango, Colorado. Since then, mountain biking has brought me some of my most cherished friends and experiences, and has been a constant through the best and worst times of my life. It's amazing how a solo lap around the Slickrock bike trail can help me re-focus and gain perspective. I love sharing this sport with others, meeting new people, and showing them my favorite trails. I took my first job as a mountain bike guide in Moab, Utah in 2009, and started working with Sacred Rides in 2013. Mountain biking has given me so much, and I feel like I'm still just beginning to explore all that it has to offer: whether it's a new place, a new trail, a new bike, or a new friend to ride with. And I love that no matter how much I ride, there is always that next thing seducing me to improve and grow. I am a certified Professional Mountain Bike Instructor, co-owner of Moab Mountain Bike Instruction, and serve on the board of directors for Moab's new IMBA chapter, Moab Mountain Bike Alliance.
Rides I Guide: Ramble On
Born and raised in Eastern Canada in Montreal, Quebec- I grew up with a close connection to Nature and It's beauty, through the help of my beloved Father who was a professional landscape en plen air artist. This drew me to develop a keen passion for nature, the world outdoors and a good adventure. I saw the light by age 19, and set out traveling the globe in search of new experiences, beautiful places and interesting people.... I was addicted from day one, and have never looked back. I've lived in a lot of wild places from the back of Vans to tents, to Beach huts, to friends couches, and houses around the world.... I lived in Australia for a few years, and then started to guide wilderness adventures in Western Canada & USA, and then fell in love the with Adventure Paradise of New Zealand. Ive been guiding small group adventure trips around the back woods of The South Island for over 6 years. Throughout these years I have developed a deep connection to it's pure breathtaking and ever changing moods & landscapes....Ive been blessed to not only to guide people around this wild place, but also get out and play in some it's most remotest wilderness it has to offer.....I call New Zealand my second home, while I juggle between running a Unique Wilderness Adventure Company in British Columbia, Canada during the summer months. Somehow in the midst of my Gypsy Life, I knew that eternal summers were the answer for a life of endless adventures.....
Rides I Guide: Ramble On
I'm a Kiwi who loves to travel the world, always with my mountain bike.. I have been a adventure guide for the last 15 years in New Zealand and Canada and are looking forward to take you on your next awesome adventure... I believe the Misty Mountain Hop Trip will blow you away...
Rides I Guide: Mayan Highlands
One of our newest weapons in the arsenal, this young buck can do it all, and do it faster than about anyone else out there! Whether on the rock or on the trail he’ll show you how to get it done. Try to catch him on the trail… I dare ya!
Rides I Guide: Mayan Highlands
Arnold returned to his native Guatemala after living in Israel, and has been working as a guide for us since. He sure knows how to ride a bike over anything, and is our star striker on the football pitch.
Rides I Guide: Mayan Highlands
A true work horse. The one thing that you will always remember about being on the trail with Welber is his ear to ear infectious smile. This guy seriously knows the nooks and crannies of the Guatemalan backcountry.
Giovanni is one of the first mountain bikers in Peru with more than 20 years practicing and traveling throughout all Peru. Giovanni is a passionate rider that enjoys a lot to ride his mountain bike and show others the trails he knows.
Born and raised in Northern California, I've always loved being outdoors. From competitive horseback riding early in life, to hiking, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, I love getting out and exploring nature, especially on our Explorer Rides! Moving to Fairfax, CA, I caught the biking bug and got introduced to Sacred Rides, and the rest is history.
I have been fully immersed in riding bikes for the last ten plus years or so. Originally, my focus was mostly with downhill/bigmountain but I have been spending much more time on my little bike the last five years or so. Chasing after those amazing singletrack days and sharing this with good friends has enriched my life in a magical way. I have yet to find anything more fun or that enables me to be living in the moment at such an elevated level, as shredding on my bike. I am always stoked to have an opportunity to share this passion and see others benefit from these moments, as I do. Hopefully we will be high-fiving in the future!
Rides I Guide: Paradise Island Enduro
I was born in São Miguel island in the Azores in January 1985 and i started riding bikes when i was 5, then moved to mountain biking on a hardtail from the supermarket on age of 12, at this point i was growing up on a farm surrounded by forest with some single track and that was my childhood, riding bikes almost every weekends. In my 20's i had to move to Ponta Delgada city to take my degree in culinary arts, due to crazy schedule had to stop biking, moved to the U.S for six months after culinary arts school, to work on Disney World, when i moved back i was decided to come back to mountain biking again, bought a hardtail but after one year of lot of riding i wanted to evolve, so bought a full suspension bike, nothing too much, a Big Hit '11 to start learning. Worked as a Chef in few restaurants, Head Chef in a luxury restaurant in Terceira Island, but money was not enough, i was unhappy, need something different, quit my job, moved back home in São Miguel and started working on applications to moved to Belgium, Switzerland and others, then one day, a few months after, i received a email from Mike, CEO, and now here i am, living the dream! guiding mountain bike trips with people from all over the world, showing the Azores.
Raised in California, I've been guiding with Sacred Rides for the last 3 seasons. I'm the Lead Guide in California, as well as running day trips with Mountain Bike San Francisco. I'm an IMBA Certified Mountain Bike Guide and Skills Instructor, and have my Wilderness Medicine Institute First Responder Certification. I enjoy long walks on the beach... Oops wrong website! I mean long, flowy singletrack trails, adventure and appreciate a good cup of coffee .
Like most of us here, I fell in love with the outdoors and riding a bike at an early age. Joining the Sacred Rides crew in 2012 has allowed me to combine my passions for traveling, mountain biking and building one awesome company. Perhaps the greatest satisfaction I get is seeing people live their lives to the fullest and making their dreams become a reality.
I love to ride, I always have. Growing up in Ontario, I was that kid who rode my bike everywhere, every day of the year. From the day my training wheels were removed, I've been addicted to free wheelin. I rode bmx, flatland, trials, x-country, dh, dirt jumps, and freeride. Many of my days were spent riding and racing dirt bikes too. In 2007, I migrated to BC, calling Fernie my new home. How sweet it is to be nestled in a mountain valley, surrounded by the most incredible trails, endless backcountry, and fellow adrenaline junkies. By winter, I've taught and coached freestyle snowboarding for 15 years. 2011 I started guiding for Sacred Rides with my amazing girlfriend Johanna Weintrager. These days we're livin' the dream, guiding Utah in the spring and fall, BC in the summer, and skiing and snowboarding as much as we can handle all winter (except 2011/12 we traveled to SE Asia and focused purely on climbing!). I'm certified in occupational and wilderness first aid, as well as mtb instructing with Endless Biking. And oh yeah, I'm a certified machinist. I used to work in the engineering department of Western University. Now, I spend a lot of my spare time hobbying away in my shop. I love rebuilding suspension and anything else mechanical.
Born and raised in Kathmandu, I love riding bikes and traveling. Seven years ago I quit my job in a PR firm and decided to ride bikes for a living. It's the best decision I've ever made!
I'm the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Sacred Rides. I started this company way back in 1996 in beautiful Fernie, British Columbia, out of a passion for mountain biking and beautiful places. 17 years later I'm proud to have brought mountain biking and mountain bikers to the four corners of the globe!
I was born in Cusco, Peru. I've been a mountain biker for 20 years and love to ride. Can't wait to show you my amazing trails!!
I started riding in N.Vancouver around the dawn of the millennium. Falling in love with the gnarly shore trails and spending most of my summer days in Whistler and Squamish, I started racing and coaching pretty quick. Traveling and riding all the best trails BC had to offer. Sacred Rides found me in the mountains of Rossland and I moved to Fernie and have been with them now for 10 seasons. It has been the most incredible way to spend the majority of my year! So many places, faces, laughter, trails and triumphs have been lived through myself and everyone who joins me on a trip! I have seen communities grow, trails get created and trails disappear. The cycle of it all. The last years have found me traveling the world between guiding season's and exploring little corners and pockets of undiscovered joy. Biking is a form of meditation, a time to be with yourself and your breath. To be in the moment and re-centre yourself. I laugh and giggle a lot when I ride. I am one of the lead guides in BC (Ryan Kikauka one of the most talented riders I have ever met is the other) I am also the Lead guide in Utah for both thec0-ed and women's rides! Also helped develop the yoga/mtn bike retreat in Mexico and Costa Rica. Yoga is part of my being. I've been blessed to have done the Patagonia, Nepal and Brazil, California, and Costa Rica trips. I'm certified in Canadian Mountain Bike Instructor (CMIC), level 2 Endless Biking, NCCP, Advanced Wilderness FA, Yoga Alliance 500hr and have a degree in Sports and Fitness Nutrition. My guiding bike is a Juliana Rubion 650B I also ride a Trek Session 88 and my life long Specialized SX from 2007 (can't let it go!) I have been around to see Sacred Rides grow and all the guides from around the world offer and do such an incredible job on all the trips we offer. Showing you the best their country has to offer. With an open mind, eyes and two wheels below us we can explore the beauty this planet has to offer as well as keeping the prana flowing! Sat Chit Ananda Truth Consciousness Bliss
I start riding bikes at the age of 6 and since then I have never stop riding my bike. I have combined with other sports like tennis, skateboarding and boadyboarding. At the age of 21 I start riding mountain bikes and I enjoyed the possibilities it gives you to discover new places and travel a lot. I like races so I have been racing for years and of course have good results on some races. Now with my job as a mountain bike tour guide, I like to ride my bike as much as possible and share with others all the trails I have explored.
Rides I Guide: Mayan Highlands
From the foothills of North Carolina, Matt moved to Antigua, Guatemala as a way to escape the cubicles of his previous US work life. He's been riding his bike on awesome Guatemalan singletrack since 1998 and hasn’t looked back since.
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