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 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.

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

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