Crosstoberfest: one part cyclo-cross, one part craft beer

Sure, Munich has its traditional Oktoberfest each fall, replete with plentiful beer, brats and a rocking party atmosphere. But the Wood River Valley, with our deep European roots but upstart ways, takes Oktoberfest and makes it our own with Crosstoberfest, a weekend of cyclo-cross bike racing, a craft beer fest and much, much more.

Cyclocross is coming to the Wood River Valley this weekend and you're invited to the party (photo

Cyclo-cross is coming to the Wood River Valley this weekend and you're invited to the party (photo:

Cyclo-cross is a type of bicycle race; one that pits cyclist against cyclist and racers against a full complement of terrain that can include gravel, dirt, mud, sand, stairs, pavement, and yes, in Idaho, in the fall, even snow. Riders compete in many laps of a short course and must dismount, carry their bikes to navigate obstructions, remount, keep riding and do it again. It is America’s fastest growing cycle-sport and it is great fun for both participants and spectators.

Cyclists ride all kinds of bikes, but cyclo-cross specific bikes are lightweight with narrow tires and drop handlebars. They typically have a greater tire clearance, lower gearing, stronger frames, cantilever brakes and a more upright riding position.

More than 75 craft beers are the star of the Crosstoberfest show

More than 75 craft beers are the star of the Crosstoberfest show

Our version of Oktoberfest is about more than just racing, though – like it’s German cousin, it’s also a celebration of beer, food and music. Now in its tenth year, Crosstoberfest, sponsored by Hailey’s Power House Pub & Bike Studio and Sun Valley Magazine throws a party with two days of original live music and almost 75 different pours from 20 breweries. Locally grown and raised Bavarian-inspired food keeps racers and spectators energized.

Crosstoberfest Idaho is the brainchild of Billy Olson, a former professional road bike racer and owner of the hybrid bike repair shop/burger and beer joint (with really good food) that is Power House in Hailey. Olson is a huge proponent of biking of all kinds, for every age and ability level, in the Wood River Valley. Crosstoberfest reflects his philosophy that biking is for everyone, with race categories for children, juniors, masters and mixed groups.

This two-wheeling weekend takes place at Old Cutters Park in Hailey. Men’s and women’s events launch Friday, October 11, at 4 p.m. and the fun resumes at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Prizes abound for participants and include everything from beer for the adults to cash prizes. The event benefits Road & Dirt, a non-profit organization promoting local cycling events.

Flow trails are coming to Baldy next summer, adding to Sun Valley's endless two-wheel opportunities

Flow trails are coming to Baldy next summer, adding to Sun Valley's endless two-wheel opportunities (photo courtesy Tal Roberts)

With more than 1,100 miles of mountain bike single track in the immediate area and endless road biking, the Sun Valley area is rightfully recognized around the country as biking Nirvana. And it’s only getting better.  Atop Bald Mountain, work continues on the new flow trails being cut and readied for summer 2014.  Nine new trails, all with lift access, are planned to add thrills to summer fun in the coming seasons.

Get stoked! This flow trail will be as fun as it looks

Get stoked! This flow trail will be as fun as it looks (photo courtesy Tal Roberts)

Don’t forget it’s also sheep weekend in Sun Valley. The Trailing of the Sheep Festival kicks off on Thursday and activities abound for the entire family.

The weather this weekend in the Sun Valley area looks like it will cooperate, so get out there and enjoy everything this wonderful, chock-a-block weekend has to offer whether it’s biking, sipping a beer, eating a lot of lamb, or enjoying the region’s rich history.



CROSSTOBERFEST: A beer festival at Old Cutters Park in Hailey, Idaho, focusing on seasonal beers from around the world with Oktoberfest inspired food and cylcocross racing.

Live musis and more than 90 fresh brews from across the world for your sipping pleasure.


Brought to you by : SCOTT, Hailey, ID Chamber, the Power House and Sun Valley Magazine

Crosstoberfest – Bike Racing and Beer Festival

Crosstoberfest – Bike Racing and Beer Festival

October 26–28

Crosstoberfest combines the two best things about being a bike racer and a beer drinker….beer drinking and cross bike racing!

Cyclocross Racing Runs September 26th and 27th

Beer Drinking from some of the finest breweries in Idaho and the from around the world runs September 27th and 28th

More details to come as the date draws nearer!

more information

Food of the vaterland to be on hand:  brats, frites, schnitzel and the works!

2010 Crosstoberfest & Cyclo-Cross State Championships

Celebrate the advent of winter and Cyclo-cross racing at the Sun Valley Crosstoberfest, Saturday & Sunday, October 30 & 31 from 10am-4pm.
Sponsored by Sun Valley Resort, Power House and Road & Dirt.
For more race info contact or call 788-9184.

*We love dogs, but dogs and bike racing don’t mix. Please leave your pets at home for their safety and the safety of the cyclists. Thank you.

Idaho State Championships for cyclo-cross racing.

Prizes in all categories
Adults: $30 entry fee per day, Juniors $15 entry fee per day
Kid’s 12 and under are free!
Race Categories & Start Times for both days:
1. Flight 1: Juniors and Beginners: 20 minutes
2. Flight 2: Women 1/Men 1,2,3/Master 35+: 60 minutes
3. Flight 3: Women 2,3,4/Men 4/Master 45+
4. Shimano Youth Series:
10 to 12 year olds: 1 lap on adult big course
7 to 9 year olds: 5 minutes plus 1 lap on special course
6 and under: 1 lap on special course
11:00 – Registration opens
12:15 – Flight 1
12:45 – Shimano Youth Series 10 – 6 and under
1:00 – Flight 2
2:10 – Shimano Youth Series 7 to 9 year olds
2:20 – Shimano Youth Series 10 to 12 year olds
2:35 – Flight 3
Day of race registration ONLY! Sunday is the Idaho State Championships.
Special Sun Valley Resort room rates $119.

2010/2011 Winter Kick Off at the River Run Plaza Shops
Come see the new 2010/2011 winter skiwear, skis, boots, and accessories
$150 off any purchase of new (2010/2011) skis and bindings
Free custom footbed ($135) with any new (2010/2011) ski boot
$40 off any new (2010/2011) helmet and goggle purchase
Up to 75% off 2009/10 gear and apparel
Free Kid’s Activities

Food and Beer Gardens
Crossoberfest Grill & Beer Garden open from 11:00am to 5:00pm both Saturday & Sunday serving authentic Bavarian fare
$119 room rates at the Sun Valley Lodge Friday & Saturday Nights – Just say "Crosstoberfest"

Crosstoberfest 2009



UPDATE:  Treasure Vallery Musik Meisters to play Saturday starting a 3:30.  This is a fantastic 9 piece band including 2 Trumpets, Flugelhorn, Alto horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Percussion, and a German Singer!

Theme: a Bavarian/Oktoberfest style festival celebrating cyclo-cross bike racing and the advent of winter

Who: Organizer:  Sun Valley Company, Race Promoter:  Bill Olson, Sun Valley Road & Dirt


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