Why do we require an application?

Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:

1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?

Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.

We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.

Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.

Let us show you around Craigburn Farm, Sturt Gorge, Shepherds Hill, Belair and Mitcham!

Come and explore the trails around Blackwood!  Near our home base, we have some of the best riding in the state, just 20 minutes from Adelaide. All up there is about 200km of trails that surround the area, in a mix of National Parks and council land. Each ride will be tailored to the riders, and we can cover 25km or more. Areas include Sturt Gorge, Craigburn Farm, Shepherds Hill, Mitcham, Belair and more!

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

We we tailor each ride depending on the riders, any reasonable intermediate rider with a base level of fitness should be fine

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    5/9

    Level 5/Strong Intermediate

    • You feel confident on intermediate-level trails
    • You can handle undulating terrain, have good control of your brakes and know how to shift gears appropriately so that you don't get off your bike too often
    • You can handle terrain that is slightly technical, with smaller rocks and roots and can climb on singletrack as long as it is not technical.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 5/Strong Intermediate

    • You feel confident on intermediate-level trails
    • You can handle undulating terrain, have good control of your brakes and know how to shift gears appropriately so that you don't get off your bike too often
    • You can handle terrain that is slightly technical, with smaller rocks and roots and can climb on singletrack as long as it is not technical.

    Click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price AUD | CAD | USD | EUR

    $159 AUD
  • FITNESS RATING

    5/9

    Level 5

    • You are capable of riding 4 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • ; You are confident climbing up to a total of 300 vertical metres (1,000 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 4-5 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 5

    • You are capable of riding 4 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days.
    • ; You are confident climbing up to a total of 300 vertical metres (1,000 ft.) in a day.
    • You exercise on average 4-5 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DURATION

    1 day
  • DATES

    year roundSEE 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.

Day 1 : Where we ride is up to you!

We will pick up in Central Adelaide, then drive the 20mins to the Blackwood region. We have mulitple options of loops and rides. Maybe the tough but beautiful Sturt Gorge loop if you have the legs, or an easier ride in Belair. Or some DH runs in Sheps. The options are endless!
  • local guiding

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination.

We’ve Got You Covered +

GETTING THERE AND BACK +

Getting The Most Out of Your Trip +

BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

Important Stuff +

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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!
Flow ride Craigburn farm and Shepherds Hill
Flow ride Belair and Sturt Gorge

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 4 hours 15-25+ km 300 m 500 m 500 m
Totals 4 hours 15 km 300 m 500 m 500 m
NOTE: There are no scheduled departures at the moment, but custom group departures are available for groups of 2 or more. If you are interested in a custom departure, contact us at adelaide@sacredrides.com or +61 422916289.
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