This week's been one of the best weeks of our lives. There's been so much fun, so much adventure, so much sightseeing, so much natural beauty... The support from the guides and the whole Sacred Rides crew has been phenomenal. We can't stop smiling, and it's an experience we'll never forget. Bruce S.
 

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La dolce vita is on a mountain bike! Imagine yourself submerged in old-world European culture and massive mountains, Swiss cows greeting you in the early morning sun, the fresh mountain air breathing history, just as the old villages do.

The extensive and well organized infrastructure of Switzerland allows for easy access to what would otherwise be remote wilderness. Our mountain bikes, on the other hand, allow us to reach true remote wilderness by riding the countless trails that evolved over hundreds of years of Western European development.

 

We’ll start our Ride in the beautiful valley of Davos with superb Swiss hospitality, and amazing lift and train accessed singletrack in a region that bursts with outdoor enthusiasm. Next, we’ll ride into Flow Country, the backyard and hometown of mountain biking legend Hans Rey. Smiles all around as we ride the endless stretches of flow trails in the land of “Little Tibet”, named for its remote valleys and landscapes splashed with a rainbow of colour.

 

While in the Italian Alps near the Swiss border, you’ll enjoy beautiful glacier views, the spectacular Bernina Express, and the dynamic town of Livigno, with fist-pumping nightlife and mouthwatering fine dining. After a day of pedalling, treat yourself at one of the oldest spa complexes of Europe. Relish the valley views from the purifying hot mineral water of Medieval bath-house architecture. A good night of rest at one of the highest passes of the Alps will be a scenic experience you’ll never forget. Rolling into the final valley, a mix of castles, medieval villages and fruit yards are all part of the playground we’ll explore while shredding the immaculate trails this former Austrian region in Italy has to offer.

 

CLICK HERE to view a map of the areas you'll be visiting.

 

Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System for a better understanding of what to expect.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

This Ride is for you if you are an Advanced Level Rider, with the fitness to conquer some big days of pedalling multiple days in a row. Riding trails with exposure does not bother you. You enjoy all-mountain style riding, and have the skills to play. Climbing is limited on this trip, but when we do, it’s a steep one! You are super comfortable on your bike and are not scared to let go of the brakes or roll down 2 foot drops. You love to ride singletrack and you're up for adventure with a few creature comforts: a post-ride hot tub soak, a gorgeous lodge to come home to after an epic ride, and a chilled beer. You wouldn't pass the opportunity for a shuttle or lift up for an epic descent.

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    ADVANCED 7/9

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    €3,095 EURABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    7/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    €619 EURLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    8 days
  • DATES

    July-SeptemberSEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Adventurous

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

    Level Adventurous

    • On our Adventurous Rides, you'll step out of your comfort zone a little bit, perhaps with foreign languages, semi-remote areas, new cultures and cultural experiences, and/or other experiences that are a little bit unfamiliar to 'Western'-country Riders.
    • If you're looking for something a little more exotic, check out our 'Out There' Rides, or if you prefer the familiar, check out our 'Familiar' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit. 

 

CLICK HERE for a map of the areas you'll be visiting. 

 

Day 1: Arrive in Zurich

Welcome to Switzerland!

 

Your guide will meet you at the Zürich Airport and drive the group to an authentic Swiss hotel with a rooftop sauna, just outside the main valley of Davos.

 

We’ll take the time this afternoon to build our bikes and go for a warm-up ride. 

 

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a classic Swiss raclette for dinner and review the weeks exciting itinerary.

 

Day 2: Getting down and dirty in Davos

After a good night sleep and a hearty breakfast, we’ll ride from the hotel down to catch a lift for some stunning views.

 

We’ll use some of the high-tech train and lift systems that characterize the Swiss public transport. The Swiss transport system gives us easy access to impressive alpine terrain and the best of the extensive Davos trail network.

 

At lunch, we’ll keep our eyes and ears peeled for a jodelling local.

 

We'll top the day off with a few cold microbrews near the Monstein Brewer, Europe's highest alpine brewery.

 

Day 3: Adios Davos, hello flow in Livigno

With a few days of European trails under our belt, we’ll step it up today and session some more challenging singletrack of the region.

 

We'll fuel up  at a local restaurant near the lake of Davos, before driving to Livigno and spending the late afternoon on the ridiculously-fun trails around Livigno, also known as “Flow Country”.

 

Now you'll understand why Hans Rey made this valley his home town for many many years.

 

Day 4: Unesco Train and the best of two worlds

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll be picked up early from our hotel.

 

Starting from a mountain pass, we'll pedal up to a remote  lake surrounded by stunning alpine scenery, before being rewarded with an epic singletrack descent into Italy while enjoying views of lakes, glaciers and high alpine peaks.

 

A fine Italian lunch will be waiting for us in a beautiful historic Swiss mountain village.

 

From the bottom of the valley, we’ll take the Unesco Heritage train back up to the Bernina Pass.

 

We’ll either shuttle or pedal back to the pass where we started and roll back into to the longest, most  picturesque shopping street of Europe: Livigno.
 

Day 5: Smuggler's Trails in the remote Valleys of “Little Tibet”

Today, we'll show you why the region is called “Little Tibet”.

 

Straight from town, we’ll explore some of the sweetest trails of the Livigno region, mostly created by centuries of trudging and smuggling.

 

Today’s riding will come with or without lift assistance, depending on how the group is feeling.

 

After the thrills of the afternoon, we can stop at one of the oldest spas of Europe, an experience you don’t want to miss!

 

Tonight, we’ll sleep at a mountain pass in a circular mountain lodge just off of what's been ranked the "greatest driving road in the world".

 

Day 6: Riding “Goldseeweg” in Stelvio National Park

We’ll awake to the fresh mountain air and stunning morning glow of the Ortler Mountains, while we sip fresh brewed  coffee and enjoy some breakfast.

 

Todays ride is worth getting stoked on.

 

We’ll experience a spectacular descent from the mountain pass all the way down to the small towns of historic Stilfs and Prad, the gateway to the Valley of Venosta.

 

We’ll have a pit stop at the best gelateria of the valley for a quick bite to eat.

 

A little history is on tap for the afternoon with a visit to a beautiful medieval castle with one of the largest armory collections in the world.

 

We’ll spend the night in an unexpected relaxing tropical setting, while authentic Tyrolean cuisine is on the menu for tonight!

 

Day 7: Vinschgau, historic castles and the best of the Valley of the Sun

The best for last!

 

After a garden side breakfast with mountain views, we’ll hop in the van to drive to a challenging hike-a-bike.  No need for grumbling, as we’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of fruit yards below and snowcapped mountain tops above, while shredding the best trails back into Goldrain.

 

Goldrain is a village named after the 300 days of sunshine in the valley.

 

Thanks to a collaboration with the local national park rangers and local trail builders, the purpose-built trails will blow you away, as will the medieval castles that we’ll pass along the way.

 

Back at the hotel, we’ll chill out with a cold beverage and share our most impressive experiences of this amazing week of riding some of the best singletrack trails in Europe.

 

Day 8: Final Goodbyes

After a good night sleep, we’ll hit the road early in the morning to get the group back to Zürich Airport.

  • The smallest client to guide ratio in the industry (4:1), allowing you to ride at your preferred pace
  • 7 nights accommodation in beautiful European hotels and mountainside cabins
  • 7 healthy and hearty breakfasts, 7 lunches and snack and drinks for riding
  • All transportation during the trip in our air-conditioned van, including airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Lift and train tickets throughout the week
  • Bike tools and maintenance kit at your disposal
  • Bike wash stations available at all hotels
  • Wellness and spa facilities available at most hotels
  • A cooler full of cold microbrews at the end of each day's riding

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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GETTING THERE AND BACK +

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BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Sander Kan
Hello, I'm Sander. The last 17 years I am professionally engaged in outdoor sports. mountainbiking and skiing I love most. I have created my live around these two! Biking in summer time and skiing in winter. I'm riding a bike since I was... Is the ride to find amazing new secret trails in Europe. Every time I find and explore new trails in the European mountains.

Dan Plumtree
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...[more] wow now that is a really tough one, you know with all these rides to choose from i dont know if i can put it down to just one! For sure Graubunden in Switzerland is packed full of them...[more]

Sil Bosch
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... The riding in the Vinschgau Valley is amazing. Picture yourself on flowly and narrow single track trails that wind their way through the trees and alpine meadows with the best "...[more]
Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Epic Alpenthrills Trip Recap
Freeride, Cross Country, Downhill - Livigno
Shredding Davos
Bernina Express Trail, ValPoschiavo, Graubünden
South Tyrol Hike-a-Bike (last day)
Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey shredding Livigno
Alpenthrills July 2015
Uina-Bernina

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
1 hours 18 km 250 m 500 m m
2 hours 33 km 750 m 2500 m m
3 hours 28 km 450 m 1650 m m
4 hours 33 km 250 m 1600 m m
5 hours 25 km 600 m 600 m m
6 hours 33 km 250 m 1900 m m
7 hours 33 km 1100 m 1900 m m
8 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
Totals 0 hours 203 km 3650 m 10650 m m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental€455.00 EUR
Single Room Supplement€670.00 EUR
1-hour post-ride massage€85.00 EUR
1 Month Pre-Ride Training Program€390.00 EUR
3 Month Pre-Ride Training Program€710.00 EUR
6 Month Pre-Ride Training Program €1,330.00 EUR
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders€20.00 EUR
2018
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, September 1, 2018 Zurich airport, 10 am Saturday, September 8, 2018 Zurich airport, 3 pm 3,095.00 619.00 EUR Sold Out Join the waitlist
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Saturday, July 6, 2019 Zurich airport, 10 am Saturday, July 13, 2019 Zurich airport, 3 pm 3,195.00 639.00 EUR Guaranteed Book Now!
Saturday, September 7, 2019 Zurich airport, 10 am Saturday, September 14, 2019 Zurich airport, 3 pm 3,195.00 639.00 EUR Guaranteed Book Now!
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