The Final Countdown!

It is the final countdown for Ride Sun Valley and the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships. Breakaway Promotions is busy setting things up at the base of River Run and riders are all over the mountain, warming up, checking out the course and preparing for their big day.

Officials are now expecting around 900 riders for the cross country, short track cross-country and Super D events.. The nation’s top riders are descending, and will be downhilling, in Sun Valley alongside riders of numerous different age groups and categories.

According to the USAC, returning national champ and local, Georgia Gould will be defending her cross-country title in Saturday’s race. New Yorker, Todd Wells will be defending his short track and cross-country national titles.

Other world-class riders like Adam Craig, Sam Schultz, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Heather Irmiger, Ryan Trebon, Rebecca Rusch, Mary McConneloug, Katie Compton, Kelli Emmett, Chloe Forsman and Amy Dombroski will be riding the trails of Bald Mountain, competing for the glory and for their very own Stars and Stripes jerseys.

For a complete list of registered riders, schedule, news and more visit the official event webpage of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships. You can also follow all the action on the Mountain Bike Nationals Twitter feed at #MTBNats, or check out all the photos, results, and race reports at www.usacycling.org.

And definitely do not forget about the Avett Brothers on Wednesday (Lawn tickets are still available!), the Fat Tire Criterium, the Sun Valley Fat Tire Photo Shootout, and the Idaho State Pump Track Championships. Good luck and get riding!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Flyover Bridge!

Check this out! On loan from Breakaway Promotions and the city of Bend, this course bridge, a.k.a. The Flyover Bridge, takes riders up and over, allowing pedestrians to walk under and still check out all the action. Sweet!

 

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Ride Sun Valley is here. Are you?

Looking for somewhere to stay when you come to town THIS WEEK for Ride Sun Valley? Well you better get here soon, spots are already getting taken in the River Run Parking Lot. Check out this guy’s set-up on Monday morning….

These camping spots are available for $25/day. To reserve yours call Sun Valley events at 208-726-2777. These spots are as close as you can get to all the action. You are walking distance from the River Run Lodge’s Great Lawn, the start and finish, the Expo at River Run (featuring several cycling vendors), and you can even see riders on the race course. Plus, you get a view like this….

But don’t worry if you are still on your way to town, there are plenty of spots still available here, as well just down the road that local RV park or any of the nearby campsites. Get here FAST though, Ride Sun Valley is starting right now!

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A few more pics, some press and some World Cup record setting!

We are getting closer and closer to Ride Sun Valley! Only a few days away and we are getting amped.

Trails are being built (check out the new photos below), qualified riders are getting ready (Want to know who qualified?), riders far and wide are headed our way (Even the Bellingham Herald is spreading the word) and riders currently competing at the Windham Mountain Bike World Cup are anticipating Ride Sun Valley and the USAC Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Champs.

And the word on the street is that no one is more ready than American rider Aaron Gwin, who is the first American man in more than 10 years to lead in overall points and is currently poised to win the World Cup series. We are not sure he will be joining us at Ride Sun Valley but there is nothing like a little competition and record-setting to get everybody else inspired and ready for Ride Sun Valley!

 

 

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2nd Annual Idaho Pump Track State Championships

If you are headed to Sun Valley to compete in the USAC Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships (or if you are already in town, like the Specialized Crew who we hear has already staked out a campsite south of Ketchum…), why not add another trophy to the collection and compete in the 2nd Annual Idaho Pump Track State Championships!

Even organizer and Sun Valley Trail Crew team member, Julian Tyo, has been around the pump track since its inception in the fall of 2009 when he worked with other volunteers and Ketchum Parks and Recreation to create the unique park.  Then last year, after Tyo had seen several attempts at Pump Track racing in other communities around the West, he decided to start up some racing of our very own on the new Ketchum facility. So last summer, for the inaugural Idaho State Pump Track championships, Tyo and his fellow crew of Pump Track volunteers put on the event in the middle of the summer.

The event was a success with 35 racers ranging in age from three years old to a sprightly 56. Then this past fall, the team orchestrated a four week Pump Track Town series, utilizing four of the tracks five distinct courses. Once the word got out about Ride Sun Valley and the USA MTB Cross-Country Champs in Ketchum, it was only natural that the Idaho Pump Track State Championships go right along with it.

Julian and the crew, who make no money putting on the event (all the entry fee proceeds go to the cash prize pool), are hoping for 70 participants in this year’s races and for a crowd of over 300, compared to last year’s 100 spectators.

With so much going on for next week’s Fest, the Pump Track races are definitely not to miss. And if you feel like racing, hop on your bike and head over to the Ketchum track and participate in an all ages, homegrown event on one of the best pump tracks in the nation.

The event takes place Saturday, with racing from 7-9pm. Come by and check it out. (For more info go to the Events page at www.ridesunvalley.com) Also check out the video of last year’s winning run!

 

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Scenes from the Course

Ride Sun Valley is NEXT WEEK! There is a definite buzz around Sun Valley with final changes and adjustments being made to the courses, bikes all getting tuned and town is almost all ready. Are you ready for some USAC Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championship racing? Check out a few scenes from the courses on Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain and find out…

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Ketchum’s Bike Culture: Geared and Ready for Ride Sun Valley

Thanks to the bicycle-heralding exhibition at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, it is more than evident that Ketchum is amped for the Ride Sun Valley Festival.

With help from artists and bikemakers like Lisa Anne Auerbach, Margarita Cabrera, Dzine, Katina Huston, Dinh Q. Lê, Ahearne Cycles, Hufnagel Cycles and Schwinn, the exhibition shows bicycles not as vital forms of transport and exercise but also as art. The exhibition, entitled “Geared: The Culture of Bicycles”, will be open at the Ketchum location until July 28th, so when you are in town, stop by and see for yourself!

In the meantime, we have proof of Ketchum’s love of all things two wheeled. Check out the slideshow below which shows portraits of locals and their beloved bikes.

 

 

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Preview of the River Run Start/Finish Line and the freshly built Baldy Bench Feature!

Want to see where the start and finish line for the USA Cycling MTB Cross-Country National Championships, the place where a lucky few will raise their hands in glory and don the coveted Stars and Stripes jersey? Read on to check out the River Run Lodge start/finish line and a sneak peek of the Baldy Bench rock feature, which lies looker’s left of the start/finish.

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Smith Optics Local Stokers: Where to ride when you aren’t racing.

The sun is shining in Sun Valley and the hardworking and super-stoked Sun Valley Trail Crew is still hard at work on the trails for the USA Cycling Cross-Country National Championships. They are widening trails, removing debris, and working on rock features like the River Run Rocks, the Baldy Bench and the Climb for the Sun. It is sure to be the race of the summer and Ketchum is already buzzing with excitement about the upcoming National Champs, seeing a few Stars and Stripes jerseys around town and the entire Ride Sun Valley Festival.

The week can’t be all business can it? If you are looking for something to do in your down time, need some recreational riding between races, or if you are just coming to town to watch the races and are looking for some cool local rides, definitely do not miss the Smith Optics Local Stokers. These rides will take you places like Red Warrier and Greenhorn Gulch, or to the Edge of the World out Baker Creek and even up the 2,100 vertical feet of Fox Peak.

With support from Mountain Rides, Smith is organizing a bunch of opportunities to check out local mountain bike rides throughout the Wood River Valley with local guides and free transport. Each ride will be leaving from the Sun Valley Visitor Center in Ketchum’s Town Plaza each morning from July 13 to July 16. Free shuttles will be provided when necessary but you need to bring your own fuel and plenty of water as things are really heating up around here. These are rides characteristic to the strenuous single track of Idaho and riders are recommended to be ready for a difficult but fun ride. Get there early because space is limited to whoever gets there first. Check out the schedule at www.ridesunvalley.com for a full list of rides and all the info.

And to get your taste buds salivating, check out Plum TV’s video of the Greenhorn Gulch ride.

http://www.plumtv.com/videos/trail-mix-greenhorn-gulch

For more information about local rides, one of the best local resources is the Wood River Bicycle Coalition. Their blog updates every day with trail information and advice on where to ride around Sun Valley. Check it out at www.woodriverbike.wordpress.com.

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Photo Evidence of a Wicked Sheeptown 2011 Celebration!

Check out everything you missed at Sheeptown 2011′s Drag Racing, Bike Polo and One Handed Hot Dog Hill Climb World Champs. Then get even more stoked about the fun to be had during Ride Sun Valley!

 

Photos: Hailey Tucker

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