"Johanna's coaching was fantastic. Really great at explaining skills and providing feedback for improvement. Well informed on the trails and options. Great communication for the itinerary. Friendly and fun to be around." ~ RACHEL GREENWOOD, Canada
 

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1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
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A MOST SPECTACULAR BACKDROP FOR A MOST AMAZING MOUNTAIN BIKE GETAWAY: SOUTHWESTERN UTAH IS TRULY OUT OF THIS WORLD.

From the surreal desert surrounding St. George to the awesome Gooseberry Mesa, southwestern Utah is one of the most spectacular and unique areas on the planet. It also happens to be home to some of the best mountain biking anywhere - a perfect training ground for this 5-day women's mountain bike getaway!

 

Have  time to shred more desert rock? Check out our weeklong Desert Rose Mountain Bike Adventure!

 

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

 

LOCALS WELCOME!

Live in the St George area, want to attend but don't require accommodation?

 

Use coupon code: stgeorgelocal at the time of booking to apply a $200 discount. Accommodations aside, you’ll still get to take advantage of all the other inclusions listed on the “What’s Included” page!

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You're a woman with intermediate mountain bike skills, and are ready to eat, breath and sleep mountain biking for 5 days. You are physically fit and have the legs to handle multiple, 2-3 hour days of super fun riding. You are pumped to learn and progress with other like-minded women from around the world. Desert heat is no issue for you if it means experiencing some epic riding. The thought of shuttling for an epic downhill excites the heck out of you!

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    Strong Intermediate 6/9

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

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

    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 trails and blue trails.

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

    SKILL LEVEL 6 - STRONG INTERMEDIATE

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

    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 trails and blue trails.

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

    $2,195 USDABOUT 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

    6/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 6

    • 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 moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 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 6

    • 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 moderately steep climbs of up to a total of 500 vertical metres (1,650 ft.) in a day.

    • You exercise on average 5 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

    $439 USDLIFETIME 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

    Women's

    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

    5 days
  • DATES

    Spring & FallSEE 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.

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. 

 

DAY 1: WELCOME TO SOUTHERN UTAH & the heart of THe desert 

After checking into your room with a spectacular view, we encourage you to unpack, settle in and rest up for the adventure ahead!

 

At 7:00 p.m. head down to the lounge area in front of the lobby for a group meet and greet. We’ll review the incredible week’s itinerary, build our bikes, enjoy some local beverages, eat pizza and take in the spectacular scenery. We’ll provide helping for anyone needing assistance assembling bikes.

 

Welcome to the desert!

 

DAY 2: INTRO TO DESERT RIDING

Awake to a box breakfast delivered straight to your hotel room then get ready for your first day of riding bikes in the desert southwest!

We’ll hop in our private shuttle van and head to the bike shop to pick up bikes for those who have rented. Today, we’ll review the skills required for the rest of the week, and take the time for tons of practice all while exploring the area, and getting in some solid miles.

 

SKILLS COVERED:

• body position (plains of movement)

• braking and descending

• gearing and cadence

• climbing and descending

• front wheel lift and rear wheel lift

• cornering and straight line riding

• roll downs

• line choice

• jumps and drops (we’ll start small, and this is optional!)

 

Our first stop will be a nearby local trail in the Santa Clara Preserve called Barrel Roll.   This trail is an intermediate loop with fun flowy sections speckled with some technical slickrock sections...the perfect warm up to southern Utah mountain biking.

 

For lunch, we’ll head to a nearby art community and enjoy a fresh locally-sourced meal at a cafe in the sunshine.

 

For the afternoon we’ll head to the Bearclaw Poppy trail. This trail contains a series of fun and technical rollable features of varying levels. For the more adventurous there are a variety of jumps and drops to play on as well. Your guides and coaches will tailor the afternoon ride to the interests of each rider and give everyone a chance to practice and build their skills.

 

Between our morning and afternoon rides, we’ll get you all ready for the beauty of desert riding.

 

Top off this day with dinner at the hotel with your new riding mates while taking in the  Utah desert sunset!

 

DAY 3: BIG DAY OF ADVENTURE! RIDE: GUACAMOLE / HIKE: ZION NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll hop in our private shuttle van and head over to our first trailhead along the border of Zion National Park.

 

This morning we’ll ride the Guacamole Trail: a super fun mix of undulating open-rock riding plus singletrack through juniper and brush.

 

After the ride, head into Springdale for a picnic lunch at a local park near Zion, one of the first national parks in Utah. Zion's beauty leaves visitors breathless.

 

Known for its canyons Zion offers up one of North America's premier hiking experiences.

 

After lunch, we’ll head into Zion for a short hike to the Canyon Overlook. Take in the views of Zion and experience the awe of this inspiring landscape.

 

We'll head back to the hotel in the evening for a group dinner at the hotel restaurant or head into town for dinner at one of the many nearby St. George restaurants.

 

DAY 4: GOOSEBERRY MESA TRAIL NETWORK & sunset yoga

After a healthy breakfast at the hotel restaurant, we’ll load into our private shuttle van and head to the world-class trail network of Gooseberry Mesa.

 

We'll spend the day riding one of Southern Utah’s best mountain bike trail systems. Fun technical climbs, epic slickrock descents, views that will leave you wanting more!

 

We’ll take lots of food with us so we can spend the entire day riding this extraordinary network of trails. After this incredible day of riding, we’ll head back to the hotel for sunset yoga overlooking the desert landscape.

 

Tonight we’ll meet in the lobby and head into town for a final dinner together.

 

Enjoy a hearty steak after all those bike rides and share in laughter and memories with your new riding gals! 

 

day 5: final ride & goodbyes

Awake early for breakfast at the hotel then load into our private shuttle van one last fun ride. This morning we’ll ride a variation of the JEM trail network.

 

This combination of trails has great names such as Deadringer, More Cowbell, and Cryptobiotic and is a selection of super flowy, fun & fast trails!

 

After our ride, we’ll stop by the bike shop to drop off bikes (for those who have rented) then head back to the hotel for a quick check out.

 

We’ll be offering drop-off to the St.George Shuttle Service platform at 12:00 p.m. for those that require it.

 

It's hugs all around as you bid farewell to amazing southwestern Utah and head home with a bag full of new mountain biking tricks and a huge boost of riding confidence!

  • 4 nights of accommodation in St. George
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner, snacks and drinks for riding
  • 2 certified, experienced and super-fun guides
  • 4 days of organized, pedal-packed, guided mountain biking
  • Transportation during the trip in our private and air-conditioned shuttle
  • Evening post-ride yoga
  • Bike building pizza party
  • Ice-cold microbrews and local beverages at the end of each days ride
  • On-trail skills sessions with our experienced Guides

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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

London Menlove
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... Guacamole

Julie Hanen
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...[more] Every moment I spend on my bike is a sacred experience! But if I have to pick one, I'd say there's nothing more satisfying than a good clean sweat on the trails of Las Catalinas...[more]

Johanna Weintrager
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... My 'sacred ride' is the incredible Slunt Trail in Fernie, BC: it's a slog and a grunt! This epic ride takes you high above the Elk Valley, with a fast, flowy and amazing...[more]
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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 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
2 4 hours 23 km 309 m 576 m 1406 m
3 4 hours 21 km 479 m 435 m 1113 m
4 4 hours 17.5 km 415 m 434 m 1659 m
Totals 12 hours 61.5 km 1203 m 1445 m 1659 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$285.00 USD
Single Room Supplement$345.00 USD
High-End Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$325.00 USD
1 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$390.00 USD
3 Month Pre-Ride Training Program$710.00 USD
6 Month Pre-Ride Training Program $1,330.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 USD
2019
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Sunday, May 5, 2019 St. George, Utah, 4 pm, St. George, Utah, 4:30 pm Thursday, May 9, 2019 St.George Shuttle Service platform, 12 pm 2,195.00 439.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
Saturday, October 12, 2019 St. George, Utah, 4 pm, St. George, Utah, 4:30 pm Wednesday, October 16, 2019 St.George Shuttle Service platform, 12 pm 2,195.00 439.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
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