There is riding and there is riding. One happens after work, on local trails and lasts an hour or two. The other … well the other is what we dream about. It’s world-class trails. It’s all-day epics bookended by hearty meals. It’s destination riding—maybe a helicopter is involved. It’s loamy trails, perfectly sculpted jumps, berms and wide-open speed sections. It’s good friends and seemingly endless descents. It isn’t endless climbing. It’s an escape from reality. It doesn’t happen often.
But it will happen from Aug. 2 to 5. For four days, Bike mag is inviting you to join us at Retallack Lodge in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. Book your own travel, and we’ll handle the rest. The 11,000-square-foot backcountry lodge is surrounded by 65 miles of shuttle- and heli-accessible singletrack. Days will be filled with guided downhill runs, including the heli-accessed 6,000-foot-descent star of the show, and evenings will include the lodge’s 12-person hot tub, soothing sauna and gourmet meals. Plus, Bike will set you up with a swag bag filled with new Giro helmets, riding kits from 100 Percent and other goodies from Camelbak and SockGuy. Sign up now and start preparing for the trip of a lifetime.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I'm an intermediate rider, will I be in over my head?
We rate our trails as advanced/intermediate to expert. Many intermediate riders end up improving their riding. Green diamonds and black circles.
Do I have to know how to jump?
How many guides lead the group?
We run with two guides and a driver per group.
Will we be split into groups or be riding as one large group?
We ride with a maximum group of 12 plus two guides.
Can I opt out of riding and hang at the lodge all day if I want?
You are free to do as you please. Guests can take some time to take off for the day and enjoy the beauty of the Kootenays.
I ride a five-inch travel trail bike, is this enough bike for the trails, or do I need more squish?
Suspension travel isn’t as important as how your bike is set up. Ideally you want a slack head angle—65 degrees or less—wide handlebars and tires with a 2-ply DH casing. Make sure your bike is in great working condition, you will be stacking on the vertical at Retallack.
Can I rent a bike if I don't want to travel with mine?
Yes, we rent Transition Patrols and TR11s.