Ride Sun Valley. June 26th – July 5th

Ride Sun Valley returns with activities for everyone! This years tentative dates are for June 26th – July 5th. For more information please visit http://www.ridesunvalley.com

Women on Wheels

Legendary endurance cyclist Rebecca Rusch calls Sun Valley home and is offering a camp as part of Ride Sun Valley (photo credit Sterling Lorence)

Legendary endurance cyclist Rebecca Rusch calls Sun Valley home and is offering camps for women as part of Ride Sun Valley (photo credit Sterling Lorence)

This week, Sun Valley is a two-wheeling kind of town. With Ride Sun Valley staging amazing races and events up and down Bald Mountain, across country and through city streets, more and more people, of all ages and from all over, are discovering for themselves why Sun Valley is single track Nirvana.

Rebecca Rusch is holding camps all week, sharing  tons of riding, showing women around the marathon Nationals course, sharing ride tips, favorite places and advice

Rebecca shared tons of riding, favorite spots, tips and advice with her Tuesday camp group

Ride Sun Valley has brought to town some of the best cyclists in the country, including top women. But the Wood River Valley is already home to arguably one of the best female mountain bike racers of all time, Rebecca Rusch. Rebecca is among the world’s top endurance athletes, having cemented that distinction last August when she won her fourth straight Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, setting a new course record in 7 hours, 28 minutes and six seconds.

Rebecca is offering a Ketchum-style women only “no-drop” ride camp as part of her Gold Rusch Tour. Participants gathered Tuesday morning to begin their adventure through the area’s extensive single track with Rebecca in command of the route.  With IMBA Epic Ride Center designation and more buttery-smooth single track than you can imagine, Sun Valley is the crown jewel of the Gold Rusch Tour list of stops,” according to Rebecca’s website. 

Pro Sara Schroeder rounds the corner to the finish line at Sunday's Enduro Race

Pro Sara Schroeder rounds the corner to the finish line at Sunday's Enduro Race

No guarantee you’ll end up riding like Rebecca, but your skills will surely improve as will your confidence. Plus, riding with a group of girls is just plain fun and with soaks in the river and yoga included, this will certainly be a highlight of the week. It is appropriate for racers and recreational cyclists alike and it is free. Camp runs through July 6.

The legendary Juli Furtado is also in town. Considered one of the best women mountain bikers ever, Juli will lead a women’s only ride on some terrific local trails as part of Ride Sun Valley. While she retired in 1997, this elite World Champion, three-time World Cup Champion and five-time National Champion has gone on to manage her own bike line, Juliana, as a sub-brand of Santa Cruz Bicycles. This no-drop ride takes place July 7 at 10 a.m., will last between one-and-a-half and two hours and be set at an easy to medium pace. No men allowed!

At 14, Luma Randolph represents the next generation of girls who love single track

At 14, Luma Randolph represents the next generation of girls who love single track

On the other end of the experience spectrum, look for 14-year-old Luma Randolph, a Wood River Valley native, in the Ketchum Criterium race on July 3. This will be Luma’s second Criterium and she, for lack of a better word, is “stoked.” During last year’s event, Luma said she wasn’t scared, despite being the youngest racer in a crowded field that moves fast. “I wasn’t drafting,” she laughed, “so I wasn’t too worried about crashing.”

Luma, who comes by her passion for riding honesty (her father is Greg Randolph, a Ride Sun Valley organizer and former Olympic cyclist and pro mountain bike rider), can’t get enough of the week’s events. She positioned herself at the base of the rock garden right before the finish at Sunday’s Enduro race, where the elite athletes get from Baldy’s summit to base in something like under 25 minutes, and watched intently. “It’s really inspiring to see what the pros do,” Luma said. “Everyone rides the course a different way and I picked up a lot of pointers.”

A pro racer at Sunday's Enduro shows how it's done while spectators enjoy a gondola ride up to historic Roundhouse

A pro racer at Sunday's Enduro shows how it's done while spectators enjoy a gondola ride up to historic Roundhouse Restaurant

Ride Sun Valley has brought events appropriate for everyone from young riders, to recreational cyclists, to professionals competing in the Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships to town. Check the schedule and make sure to go out, watch some of the races and get inspired. Sun Valley truly has some of the best mountain biking and road riding anywhere and it is accessible to everyone. Get out and ride!



Sun Valley rocks, rolls and rides


Local rider and blogger (runjunkie.net) Hank Dart posted this picture of his Galena Grinder ride on Lockerz.com

The second annual Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival rode hard and fast into Central Idaho this weekend. Day 1, Saturday, featured the grueling Galena Grinder. One of the longest running gut-wrenchers in the country, the race has been a showcase of the area’s great mountain biking for over twenty years. A 45 mile cross-country marathon, the Galena Grinder Whit Henry Memorial was the official kick off to the festival, which runs through Sunday, July 8, culimating in the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships.

For those who couldn’t be here to join in Saturday’s fun VisitSunValley turned around this amazing video of highlights from the day, almost as good as being there:

And here’ another great video with the skinny on Sunday’s Super Duper D: Super Duper Downhill 7.1.2012 from Visit Sun Valley on Vimeo.

The big news on Saturday, according to Shannon Boffeli at MTBracenews.com, was the presence of California-based team Sho-Air at The Grinder. “Several of the Sho-Air riders chose the marathon event as part of their national championship preparation,” he wrote in his detailed review of the day’s riding and results. “The men’s race included Sho-Air teammates Brendon Davids and Eric Bostrom as well as other national-level big hitters like Jason Siegle (SDG) and Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt).” Team Sho-Air posted some great pictures of the day on their Facebook page and USA Cycling also posted this review of the day’s race.

Team Sho-Air turned up from California to sweep the Grinder and posted this picture on Facebook

Grinder winner Pua Mata (of Team Sho-Air) broadcast her thoughts on twitter:
@moniquepua Just finished the Galena Grinder and was able to take the win! It was definitely a grinder…but such gorgeous country and great race! 

While Sun Valley locals haven’t been the quickest to jump on the social media bandwagon, there are some forward-thinking ladies and gentleman who are broadcasting the fun to the twitter-sphere and facebook-verse and the Festival picked up a fair amount of activity this weekend. Sun Valley’s unofficial social media maven and current Master’s XC mountain biking world champion, Rebecca Rusch (@TheQueenOfPain), kept her followers up with the details on The Grinder and Sunday’s Super Duper D on Baldy:

“Galena Grinder XC by rebarusch at Garmin Connect – Details:http://bit.ly/MmeLJ1  Our local XC race in Idaho. Hard and fun.”
“EPIC weekend planned with Galena Grinder and Super Duper D. Full suspension, Reverb and fat tires. FATE has the weekend off”
“Sun Valley Super Duper D by rebarusch at Garmin Connect – Details: http://bit.ly/MmeANV  Tall socks, Reverb seat post and baggies! So FUN”
“Smooth is fast! That’s my mantra for today’s super duper D in sun valley.”

We also got a glimpse of the Queen on her way up the mountain:

Pro mountain bike racer Yuri Hauswald tweeted "Hanging w/ @thequeenofpain on the Christmas Lift, on our way to ‪#sunvalley‬ Super Duper D." pic.twitter.com/9SZIDNyq

Facebook was busy after the day’s energies were expended, with competitors such as Matt McCourtney, Drew Edsall and Michael Shaw taking the site to dish on their day. See their posts and other tweets on this Storify I whipped up.

The Festival is well underway and there’s a slew of events and activities to keep competitors and spectators busy this week. The Sun Family will be diving in too. This evening we’ll check out the Idaho Pump Track State Championships at the Ketchum Bike Park. Mr. Sun might try his brand-spanking-second-hand mountain bike out at some Local Stoker Rides (starting tomorrow), and we’ll all head up for the Fat Tire Criterium Tuesday evening. I’m pondering signing Little Sun up for the Kids Race on July 6 (that is if I can teach him how to ride a bike with pedals by then). But the Sun Valley Shakedown on July 7 sounds like more my single-speed (and keeps me on two feet rather than two wheels).

For a complete rundown on everything happening visit Ride Sun Valley.

Happy trails!

Mrs. Sun


July 5th – 8th •  9 - 4 daily



Come check out the latest in the bike industry. Ride the bike you have been curious about, learn about the latest in bike technology, get your photo with a pro at the Consumer Expo located at the River Run venue, the hub of RSV action.

More information here.


Tuesday, July 3rd •  6 – 9 p.m.


Packed along the sides of this twisting course through downtown Ketchum are literally thousands of screaming fans cheering on pros, amateurs, and goofball relay teams vying for cold hard cash. Beer gardens, courseside eats, and unbridled enthusiasm make it a great night out on the town.

Register for the Fat Tire Criterium here.
The Ride Sun Valley Fat Tire Criterium marks at long last the arrival of the Thunderdome to the streets of downtown Ketchum. Held on a fast, technical and spectator-stupefying course, this is the race which will make everyone cling to the edge of their seat. Like Evel Knievel said, “Some folks just want to see a man die.”

Starting in front of the Sun Valley Visitor Center with races beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday night July 3rd, the Fat Tire Criterium is a multi lap race with amateur and pro categories, kids races and perhaps the most exciting of all, the Ride Sun Valley Stand Off: a four person per team relay race which pits businesses and teams of locals against each other in a quest for Mad Max glory. Prizes will be awarded in both cash and merchandise in all races.

Register for the Fat Tire Criterium here.