- FESTIVAL SCHEDULE / EVENTS
- ENDURO CUP
The Fifth Annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival presented by Subaru of Twin Falls drew a large number of the biking community with an array of two-wheeled events June 25-28. From fierce competition in the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria and the new Shimano Boulder Mountain Fox Trot 50k cross-country race to the comedic Downtown Criterium Team Relay, Bike Prom and SheepTown Drag Races, there were activities to suit every bike fanatic’s interest.
Event organizers worked closely with U.S. Forest Service to host the 32-mile point-to-point cross-country mountain bike race on backcountry trails with 4,200 feet of total climbing including some of the area’s best trails in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Robert Squire earned the fastest time of the day and overall men’s champion title by riding the course in 2:09:13. Three Idaho local riders, John Reuter, Eric Chizum and Steve Price claimed second through fourth place. Local Sun Valley athlete, Rebecca Rusch, dominated the women’s field with a time of 2:39:14. The next fastest women were Nina Otter (2:47:21) and Brett Stevenson (3:04:40).
“I think Ketchum is paradise,” said Rebecca Rusch. “This place is off the beaten path, which keeps the trails really pristine. Every day at the festival there is a little bit of something for everybody, it’s a party on bikes.”
The unofficial kickoff party of Ride Sun Valley was the legendary SheepTown Drag Race in Hailey, ID, where racers charged head-to-head down Main Street with flaming logs chained behind their bikes. Another entertaining race was the Downtown Criterium Team Relay presented by Vittoria where costume clad riders sprint laps around the town square for cash and local bragging rights.
“My favorite part of the festival was the Enduro Prologue race I did on Friday,” said Teal Stetson-Lee, who placed first in the Enduro Cup. “I love it when events have added components other than just the racing. It’s spectator friendly and draws the crowds out.”
For festival-goers less inclined to compete there was daily live music in the Expo Area, an ’80s theme Bike Prom, and Local Stoker Rides where local bikers guided tours of their favorite trails. The final gathering of the festival was the Idaho Pump Track State Championship Races.
All festival participants had the chance to enter daily raffles which raised over $1,000 for the Wood River Bike Coalition. Raffle prizes were provided by SCOTT Sports, Vittoria Tires, Subaru of Twin Falls, Niner Bikes, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, SRAM, Club Ride and Biondi Handcrafted in Idaho.