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Highlights from the festival, Niner Fox Trot 40 and Sun Valley All Mountain Winners

END16_SV_NWETZEL-8890Whether a racer or spectator, visitors to the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival presented by Subaru of Twin Falls were immersed in an extended weekend of bike races, live music, mountain bike clinics, guided rides, demos, raffles, libations and the best of what Sun Valley has to offer.

“I love Sun Valley,” said Stan Jorgensen, the men’s pro/open winner of the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria. “It’s honestly one of the coolest towns you could ask for—everyone is super stoked on the culture. They shut part of the town down just to dedicate it to the festival and I think that is awesome. Everyone is super cool and stoked on bikes.”

Jorgensen, 26 of Santa Barbara, CA, and Joanna Petterson, 36 of Santa Cruz, CA, topped the SCOTT Enduro Cup podium in the two-day race that covered five stages at Sun Valley Resort and backcountry singletrack.

NWETZEL_8728In the cross country race, the Niner Fox Trot 40 gave participants nearly 40 miles of pedal-to-the-metal Sun Valley mountain biking with 7,960 feet of elevation gain and sweeping views of the Sawtooth National Forest. At the end of the day, 2015 Fox Trot Champion Rob Squire, 26 of Salt Lake City, UT, once again finished in first with a time of 03:06:05.156, followed by Cary Smith, 47 of Jackson, WY, at 03:13:33.662 and Will McDonald, 32 of Park City, UT, at 03:15:41.761.

In the women’s pro/open category, Parker Tyler (03:50:22.6), 26 of Salt Lake City, UT, finished in first place with an impressive 10 minute lead over two-wheel legend and world champion, Rebecca Rusch (04:02:36.4), 47, who was followed by Carri Wullner (04:12:20.291), 41 of Jackson, WY.

NWETZEL_6659On beating Rusch, Tyler said: “She is seriously my hero. I think she is one of the most incredible cyclists out there so even competing with her was a real honor.”

New for 2016, the Sun Valley All Mountain (SVAM) award presented by Sturtevants of Sun Valley and Limelight Hotel was awarded to riders who demonstrated dominance in Saturday’s Niner Fox Trot 40 and Sunday’s SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria.

Riders could also earn points by participating in the fun-around-town races at the festival. A $2,500 cash was split among the podium.

SVAM Winners

Women

Parker Tyler 220.05

Simone Kastner 192

Men

Will McDonald 194.05

Rob Squire 177

Brent Pontius 162

NWETZEL_6030The extremely popular SheepTown Drag Race Fueled by Monster Energy in Hailey, ID, drew hundreds of spectators as bikers strapped flaming logs to their bikes and competed for the fastest “drag” time over a 300 foot distance. Pat Hurley and Luma Randolph pulled strong to win the event and claim SheepTown pride for the year.

The zany Downtown Criterium presented by Vittoria pitted teams of four against each other in a multi-lap race through downtown Ketchum where cold-hard cash was on the line. Costumes were mandatory and enthusiastic fans cheered on the racers, which highlighted the lighter side of the festival. The PC Pigs, an entire family of bikers, took the win.

The Kids MTB Race presented by Cox Communications was a huge hit as 60-some kids gathered at River Run at Sun Valley Resort to compete for the top spot on the podium and swag galore.   

NWETZEL_6129Each day featured guided mountain bike tours—Local Stoker Rides presented by Club Ride—and live music in the expo area. On Friday, local Ketchum, ID, musician, Luc McCann and Strictly Business of Reno, NV, kicked things off. Followed by Casey Jack Kristofferson from Idaho Falls, Sheep Bridge Jumpers from Ketchum, ID, and headliner band, First Chair out of Boise, ID. On Saturday, Andrew Sheppard returned home to the Wood River Valley to serenade festival goers. On Sunday, Idaho famous Nothing But Heros closed out the festival with a bang.

The Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival partnered with local bike advocacy and trail stewardship group, Wood River Bike Coalition (WRBC) to ensure trails are cleaned up and repaired after the festival in accordance with area land managers. All raffle proceeds were donated to WRBC. Raffle prizes were provided by SCOTT, G-Form, Niner, Rotor, Club Ride, Sony and Vittoria.

NWETZEL_6269Don’t forget to vote for your favorite submission in the #BestofRSV16—Connected by Cox Communications contest—on the Ride Sun Valley Facebook page. Voting will occur June 30-July 1. Winner announced on Tuesday, July 5. Winner receives an Apple Watch Sport 42mm ($369 value).

For Ride Sun Valley event details, race recaps and more, visit ridesunvalley.com or endurocupmtb.com.
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