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International Mountain Bike Travel Company Now Offers RVA Rides

Andy Thompson

February 27, 2017 10:21am

Airbnb is one of the world’s fastest-growing companies, and its popularity lies in offering travelers the opportunity to experience towns and cities around the world via unique accommodations that let them feel like a local rather than a tourist.

That same philosophy is behind a new offering in Richmond by leading mountain bike adventure company Sacred Rides. With their Getaways program, the company is equipping passionate mountain bikers around the world with the tools, training and support they need to guide other mountain bikers on 1 and 2-day adventures on their local trails.

RVA mountain bike enthusiast Lorene Davidson was among the first to sign up for the Sacred Rides Getaways program and is eagerly looking forward to the spring 2017 of the Richmond franchise. Her personal Getaways site – – is ready, with her first trips designed and ready to host mountain bikers when the spring arrives.

“I’ve been passionate about mountain biking since my very first trail ride 10 years ago,” said Davidson, “I’ve lived in Richmond for the past 30 years. Our area has a diverse variety of incredible trails, and I’m excited to share them with the world.”

Davidson will continue her training with the Getaways staff over the winter; her first trips are scheduled to begin in April, 2017.

“The support from the Sacred Rides team has been phenomenal,” she added, “and I’ve learned so much already from people with decades of experience. With their support, I’m putting together a wide variety of trips for everyone from beginners to expert mountain bikers. Come visit Richmond — or experience it in a totally different way – and ride with me!”

For more information or to book a trip, visit to browse Richmond mountain bike trips or email Lorene at

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?