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Hey everyone:

I'm the president of Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays. We offer trips all over the world (BC, Utah, Peru, Chile, Guatemala, Croatia/Slovenia, New Zealand), with a focus on social/environmental responsibility and great singletrack riding.

We already offer long-haul trips around the world, so we're now looking to add more trips right here in North America. We have a lot of U.S. clients and want to offer more trips closer to home.

So we're looking for your thoughts on the best riding destinations in the U.S. Where are they? What makes them great? What kind of riding is it? What makes it special/unique?

I know there's tons of incredible riding in the U.S. - we just haven't had the opportunity to check enough of them out!

Happy trails,

Mike Brcic,
president/owner,
Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays
http://www.sacredrides.com
 

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Tahoe and area. Dry, warm, great variety of trails. Actual trees!

I hear Kananaskis is good, but you have to build your own trail before you can ride. ;)
 

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hey wherewolf:

yes, of course I believe you! I've heard lots of great things about Tahoe. Ideally I'd like to get a good overview of all the great riding spots in the U.S. Some of them may offer fantastic riding, but may offer challenges in terms of offering a guided trip (lack of suitable accommodations, on private land, inability to get permits, etc...

As for the issue of bringing groups to people's favourite places and crowding the trails... except for BC (our home base), we don't offer more than 2 or 3 trips a year to any one place, and a maximum of 10 people on any trip. We recognize that locals may have issue with guided trips and outside companies coming to ride "their" trails, so we keep numbers low, and we put money into local bike clubs/environmental projects/trail maintenance, etc...

We recognize that it would be wrong to just bring people to an area, make money off them, and then leave, which is why we try to maximize contributions to local economies: using local guides, local suppliers, etc...You can read about our Responsible RIding mandate here:

http://www.sacredrides.com/sustainability/responsibleriding/

It's one of the reasons why National Geographic Adventure Magazine selected us as one of the "Best Adventure Companies on Earth" for 2009.

Anyway, I know a lot of people have issue with guided riding, which is why we try and do it as respectfully as we can. There are a lot of people out there who just don't have the time or willingness to do a trip on their own, and we try to provide them with a quality service.

Yours,

Mike Brcic, president/owner
Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays
http://www.sacredrides.com
 

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guided trips to your favourite spots...

zzsean said:
Please send all your tours to places I don't ride.

k, thx.
Sean, I hear you. I know a lot of people have issue with companies bringing groups to people's favourite places and crowding the trails. I have the same issue with other companies coming to my home trails. Which is why we try to do it with respect for locals and their scene.

Except for BC (our home base), we don't offer more than 2 or 3 trips a year to any one place, and a maximum of 10 people on any trip. We know that locals may have issue with guided trips and outside companies coming to ride their trails, so we keep numbers low, and we put money into local bike clubs/environmental projects/trail maintenance, etc...

We recognize that it would be wrong to just bring people to an area, make money off them, and then leave, which is why we try to maximize contributions to local economies: using local guides, local suppliers, etc...You can read about our Responsible RIding mandate here:

http://www.sacredrides.com/sustainability/responsibleriding/

It's one of the reasons why National Geographic Adventure Magazine selected us as one of the "Best Adventure Companies on Earth" for 2009.

Anyway, I know a lot of people have issue with guided riding, which is why we try and do it as respectfully as we can. There are a lot of people out there who just don't have the time or willingness to do a trip on their own, and we try to provide them with a quality service.

Yours,

Mike Brcic, president/owner
Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays
http://www.sacredrides.com
 

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may get flamed but berryman trail in mid-eastern missouri.

24 miles of pristine singletrack and also connected to the 600 mile ozark trail system.
 

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sacredrides said:
Sean, I hear you. I know a lot of people have issue with companies bringing groups to people's favourite places and crowding the trails. I have the same issue with other companies coming to my home trails. Which is why we try to do it with respect for locals and their scene.

Except for BC (our home base), we don't offer more than 2 or 3 trips a year to any one place, and a maximum of 10 people on any trip. We know that locals may have issue with guided trips and outside companies coming to ride their trails, so we keep numbers low, and we put money into local bike clubs/environmental projects/trail maintenance, etc...

We recognize that it would be wrong to just bring people to an area, make money off them, and then leave, which is why we try to maximize contributions to local economies: using local guides, local suppliers, etc...You can read about our Responsible RIding mandate here:

http://www.sacredrides.com/sustainability/responsibleriding/

It's one of the reasons why National Geographic Adventure Magazine selected us as one of the "Best Adventure Companies on Earth" for 2009.

Anyway, I know a lot of people have issue with guided riding, which is why we try and do it as respectfully as we can. There are a lot of people out there who just don't have the time or willingness to do a trip on their own, and we try to provide them with a quality service.

Yours,

Mike Brcic, president/owner
Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays
http://www.sacredrides.com
Good answer Mike. :thumbsup: (zero sarcasm intended)
 

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I haven't been everywhere, but I haven't found any place yet that compares to Tahoe. Even if you live there you have so many trails you could ride for weeks and not repeat.

The rim trail circles the lake (you can't do it all unbroken) and you have awesome views most of the way. The trails conditions are as close to perfect as I've seen. Hardpacked dirt with lots of little techy spots like smooth boulders to climb. Weather in the summer is warm but rarely over 80 and you're in the trees so much it hardly matters.

Northstar offers lift assisted badass downhill if thats your thing.

If you need a break from the bike you have the beaches, volleyball, jetskis, kayaks, boat rentals, hiking, horseback riding, etc...

I only really know south shore since thats where I lived. At night you can gamble at the casinos if you like that. You can eat at a few of the nice restaurants like the chart house halfway up kingsbury grade or the top floor 'dining with a view' restaurants at harrah's and harveys.

If you want to party you've got live music at various spots, last time I was there rockwater had my buddy's band playing. The casinos have nightclubs as well, I partied often at altitude (now vex) in harrah's.

Tahoe has it all. Expect decent paying jobs, but you're not interested in that right? :D
 

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The MDH trail in North Dakota. You would want to do it in concert with https://www.dakotacyclery.com/in Medora. The trail is around 100 miles point to point in very remote country. I don't know if your tours are the camping kind, but this trail is definately the camping kind. There are some places along the way that you can find accomidations, but not really Hotels as the trail is VERY REMOTE.

The views are worth it though.





Just don't come right now. It's frozen and covered in snow.
 

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Cascades of Oregon
Sawtooth Mtns of Idaho
Sedona/Prescott AZ
SW Wash State
North Rim Grand Canyon
SW Utah : Gooseberry & St Geo area
Pisgah NC
MDH N Dak
Wind RIver Mountains, WY
ETC ETC ETC


Stay away from urban areas I.E. Los Angeles, San Diego, San Fransico, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Phoenix AZ, Tucson AZ etc etc etc. Sure , all these places have some fantastic rides, but someone paying for top end outdoor experiences (I'm one) doesn't want high density urban experiences. I live in San Diego, lots of great rides, but NOT a mtbike tourist destination. TAKE ME TO THE MOUNTAINS!!!!
 

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I really want to pay you, and have people pay you Mike for information that I give you for free,

yep. That's it.

But I know this great spot..............
 

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Grand Junction/Fruita, Crested Butte, Salida, Vail, Keystone, Winter Park CO
Moab, St George UT
Oakridge,OR
Nevada City/Downieville, CA
Lake Tahoe area, CA/NV
Prescott, Tuscon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Phoenix, AZ
SF Bay Area, CA
 

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Rowlett Creek Preserve, Texas

I live in Richardson just outside of Dallas. We have this trail called RCP that has wonderful views of beautiful Rowlett Creek and runs alongside a wastewater treatment plant. If you want a challenge hold your breath till you get far enough past the plant that it stops stinking. VERY good training. BUT, we do have jobs here... /sighs.

Jealous Trail Rider
 

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sacredrides said:
we put money into local bike clubs/environmental projects/trail maintenance, etc...
That's more then the average tourist does. Pisgah is a mtn biking mecca. Just like moab, we draw people from all over. Lots of great trails. I believe Western Spirit already does tours here in the National Forest.
 
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