Moab. Just the men­tion of the word is liable to get most moun­tain bik­ers drool­ing. It’s the mec­ca of moun­tain bik­ing, the most famous two-wheeled des­ti­na­tion on the plan­et. Whether you’re a sea­soned Moab moun­tain bik­er or you’re ven­tur­ing to red rock coun­try for the first time, this 6‑day ride will show­case the advanced side of this incred­i­ble moun­tain bike par­adise. Our guides will high­light a com­bi­na­tion of trails intend­ed to chal­lenge expe­ri­enced rid­ers and will show­case jaw-drop­ping desert landscapes. 

On this trip, you’ll expe­ri­ence the absolute best of the best, with as much incred­i­ble rid­ing as you can pack into 6 days. You’ll get your own full-time shut­tle dri­ver, 2 (or more) pro­fes­sion­al local guides, the best trails, awe­some lodg­ing, deli­cious food, and cold micro­brews (or your bev­er­age of choice) at the end of every day… plus an awe­some group of oth­er moun­tain bik­ers from around the world to ride with!

You’ve heard all about it: the way tires stick to Slick­rock like sand­pa­per, “this Rim” and “that one”, and how the ris­ing or set­ting of the sun will blow your mind. Now it’s time to expe­ri­ence it done right– with the best guid­ing com­pa­ny and trail selec­tion. The rid­ing is in a league of its own, and don’t even get us start­ed on the chill-induc­ing views. Ride the famous trails you’ve always heard about — Slick­rock, Por­cu­pine Rim, Cap­tain Ahab — and many more! 

Is This Ride For You?

This Ride is for you if you are a tech­ni­cal­ly strong, expe­ri­enced moun­tain bike addict who loves noth­ing more than rid­ing sin­gle­track and rocky ter­rain for hours and hours. You love big open vis­tas, you’re okay with some expo­sure while rid­ing and can appre­ci­ate spec­tac­u­lar scenery. Or maybe you have been here before, advanced as a rid­er, and want to come back to step it up. You’re hap­py to let us take care of all the details for you, so you can just show up and ride your brains out.

Itinerary

Day 1. Meet in Grand Junc­tion, CO! Shut­tle to Moab!

We are keep­ing the trav­el easy and doing the pick­up in Grand Junc­tion. After our ear­ly morn­ing pick-up and bike fits, we will head down the road to Frui­ta for our first ride togeth­er. This will be a per­fect way to shake our legs and warm-up while rid­ing on one of North Amer­i­ca’s favourite trail networks. 

We’ll hop in the van after an awe­some ride and enjoy the scenic and laid back shut­tle to Moab.

Once we arrive in Moab, we’ll check into lodg­ing for the week, and grab some deli­cious din­ner down­town. We will review the plan for the week over beers. Wel­come to Moab!

Day 2.  Moab Brand to Klondike Bluffs

Wake up and fuel up, time to hit the trail. First ride today will start from the hotel. We will ride Moab Brand Trails with a warm up on the Moab Canyon Path.

The Moab Brand Trails will start gen­tle. As we climb, views of Arch­es Nation­al park will come into site. Drop back down some more tech­ni­cal lines look for the lunch spot.

In the after­noon we will make our way to the Klondike Bluffs and turn it up after we grab anoth­er stun­ning view of the wind carved arch­es from anoth­er van­tage point. Rip back down to find your shut­tle and head back into town for the beer cool­er and night on the town.

Day 3. Mag­nif­i­cent 7

Let’s go big! The Mag 7 ride will start with a short shut­tle out of town, but we will still be earn­ing our descent. Once on bike we start with a climb on 7‑up and make our way to the high end of the Mag 7 trails. From there we will point back to town. While we will have plen­ty of dou­ble climbs, the trend is down­hill and tech­ni­cal. Great oppor­tu­ni­ty to test your bike han­dling skills.

View from the high point and point back to town will be clas­sic mesa under your wheels with the La Sal moun­tains stand­ing majes­tic the back.

You should be warn out by now, but if you are down for more rid­ing, and need to hit a clas­sic, it’s time to ped­al Slickrock.

Beer, food, rest, you know the routine.

Day 4. Por­cu­pine Rim +

How do you go to Moab and not run the Por­cu­pine Rim? 

Our shut­tle is going to give us a nice boost but once out of the van, we will still have a cou­ple chal­leng­ing miles of climb­ing to get to the rim. Once once top, the hard work will be reward­ed with long stun­ning views of Cas­tle Valley.

From here we will spend the rest of our ride descend­ing on the cliff edge (with plen­ty of room between the trail and the actu­al edge) rid­ing loose ter­rain all the way to the Col­orado Riv­er. We will ped­al back into town on the road and hunt down the beer cool back at lodging.

The after­noon should present a good oppor­tu­ni­ty to have a look around town before din­ner. Ready for more?

Day 5. Amasa Back

No Van. We are ped­al­ing from town and head­ing for Amasa Back, home of the infa­mous Cap­tain Ahab trail.

This AM ride will start with a chal­leng­ing climb. From our high­point, we will have a 360 views that will have us point­ing our lines we have done and will hit before the week is done. tight climb­ing lines will take us out to Pot­hole Arch before we turn around and start the wicked fun Cap­tain Ahab.

This ride is a test for every­one who rides it. There are line options of course, but you will feel accom­plished when this ride is under your belt.

Lunch back in town. You can take the after­noon off, or chose to head back up for a dif­fer­ent ver­sion of the Amasa Back

Day 6. Break up the band

Before we go too far, we will hop on bikes and have a final ride. We will spend part of the mornign review­ing all the skill build­ing tools we have been pol­ish­ing and have a per­son­al­ized home­work plan to prep for our next tour. 

As Moab is cen­tral to many amaz­ing Nation­al Parks and Mon­u­ments, you might want to con­sid­er spend­ing a cou­ple more days explor­ing off the bike. If the office is call­ing we will head back to Grand Junc­tion for drop off.

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Dates chosen: Oct. 04, 2020—Oct. 09, 2020
Skill Rating: Black Diamond
Fitness Rating: Black Diamond
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Skill Levels
Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Fitness Levels
Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.