Sun Valley Hosts the Ultimate Mountain Biking Festival

7/6 | Josh Cooley

Ride Sun Valley is the ultimate festival celebrating the mountain biking lifestyle.

Ride Sun Valley is the ultimate festival celebrating the mountain biking lifestyle.

Copyright: Alpinfoto.com

Dates

June 29 - July 7, 2013

Cost

See the events page here for race registration fees; MASSV Music & Arts Showcase music festival: $90 to $129.

Highlights

USA Cycling’s Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship; free guided/shuttled Local Stoker Rides; MASSV music festival July 4 - 6; Sun Valley Bike Demo—chance to demo the latest bike equipment from top brands.

Insider Tips

Get close-in camping near River Run for $25/day—call 208-726-2777 to reserve; races fill up quickly, so register online at www.ridesunvalley.com and www.usacycling.org. Get your bike worked on over a burger and a Belgian beer at the Power House in neighboring Hailey, a unique bike shop/pub.

The Scoop

USA Cycling holds its Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship in Sun Valley, Idaho, for a good reason. The Sun Valley/Ketchum area is the hub of a vast network of continuous singletrack trails—400 miles in all—that radiate outwards into the surrounding wilderness. This is a mountain biker’s happy hunting ground.

The Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival exemplifies and celebrates mountain bike culture. While elite mountain bike racers gravitate here, the festival is designed for mountain bike lovers of all abilities, whether to compete in festival races or simply enjoy the scene.

2011 July 14 Fat Tire Criterium Ride Sun Valley

The Fat Tire Criterium is a unique bike race that will draw quite the crowd on the eve of Independence Day. Photo by Alpinfoto.com.

Beginning July 4,  Krewella, MiMosa, Gramatik and more will perform at the MASSV music festival to round out the weeklong celebration of the fat tire lifestyle.

Ride Sun Valley 2011 July 14 Fat Tire Criterium

Some of the ridiculous relay teams (biking in a pair of Chucks, huh?) are what make some of these events so much fun. Photo by Alpinfoto.com.

Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey have dozens of coffee shops, restaurants, bars and pubs for your dining and drinking pleasure, and the paved Wood River Trails system that connects the valley from north to south means you can park the car and bike everywhere. After this festival you may never want to drive again.

 

 

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OTS Ski Test Banff World Media Festival

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