Event Preview: Ride Sun Valley Festival Has Something for Everyone! Festival to run from June 23-26, 2016

Cody Kelley shown here at the Ride Sun Valley Festival which runs from June 23-26, 2016. Photo by Sean Ryan
Cody Kelley shown here at the Ride Sun Valley Festival which runs from June 23-26, 2016. Photo by Sean Ryan

Ride Sun Valley Festival to Feature Enduro and XC racing, music, rides, demos, clinics, and fun!

June 22, 2016 – The Ride Sun Valley Festival starts tomorrow in Sun Valley, Idaho and runs from June 23 to June 26, 2016. The festival combines fun, bikes, enduro racing, cross country racing, demos, music, clinics, rides, and much more! The festival is in its seventh year, and is the talk of the town in Sun Valley and the West.

Below, we present the top 10 reasons to attend this year’s event, provided by Mountain Sports International:

#1: BE THE FESTIVAL CHAMPION WITH THE SUN VALLEY ALL MOUNTAIN AWARD

The Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival presented by Subaru of Twin Falls is excited to introduce the Sun Valley All Mountain (SVAM) award presented by Sturtevants and Limelight Hotel. To win the coveted award, riders will need to demonstrate dominance in the Niner Fox Trot 40 Cross-Country Race and the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria. Five men and five women with the highest overall score at the conclusion of this year’s four-day festival, will be found victorious.

 

To be eligible for the Sun Valley All Mountain Award, a rider must register and race in both the Saturday Fox Trot 40 Cross-Country Race and the two enduro stages of Sunday’s SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria. Riders receive points corresponding to their final standing in each of the three stages. Riders can earn half-a-point by participating in any of three ancillary races taking place at the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival, including the SheepTown Drag Race (June 23), Prologue Time Trial and the Downtown Criterium (June 24). A full point is awarded to the first place winners of the SheepTown Drag Race. A $2,500 cash purse provided by Sturtevants and Limelight Hotel will be split among the podium.

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#2: FIRE, BEER & BIKES AT THE SHEEPTOWN DRAG RACE

Thursday night, the festival will ignite with the SheepTown Drag Race fueled by Monster Energy, a comedic battle challenging the brave to race with flaming logs chained behind their bikes. The unofficial kickoff to the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival presented by Subaru of Twin Falls, this event is open to the public. Participants gather at dusk outside the Power House Pub & Bike Shop to sign up for a limited number of spots. After the event, stick around for a few cold ones—a DJ will be spinning at Power House. Learn more at ridesunvalley.com/rsvf-events/

 

#3: A STUNNING MOUNTAIN TOWN WITH GOOD FOLKS AND AUTHENTIC BIKE CULTURE

It doesn’t get more iconic than Sun Valley. Since 1939, America’s first destination ski area has evolved into a town filled with friendly locals, world-class singletrack, handy bike mechanics, bars and restaurants that offer the full spectrum by which to refuel, rehydrate and if you choose, dehydrate.

 

Today, Sun Valley’s expansive network of trails cover Bald and Dollar Mountains, complementing a bevy of year round on and off-mountain adventures for the whole family. In town, you will enjoy an unrivaled arts and culture scene for a town its size as well as some of the best dining and shopping of any mountain town—this is a place that once you visit you never will want to leave.

 

The authentic small town, big life experience is as unpretentious and pristine as the mountains and rivers that surround the area. The appeal of the Original Mountain Town is felt by all who appreciate life lived in a down to earth, open arms-open hearts sort of way. We guarantee you will feel welcome the moment your feet hit the ground and that promise extends all the way to your dogs. Because, well, we love dogs. Learn more at visitsunvalley.com

Macky Franklin races the Scott Enduro Cup at the Ride Sun Valley Festival which runs from June 23-26, 2016.
Macky Franklin races the Scott Enduro Cup at the Ride Sun Valley Festival which runs from June 23-26, 2016.

#4: PEDAL TO THE MEDAL: RACE THE NINER FOX TROT 40 CROSS-COUNTRY RACE

In its second year, the Niner Fox Trot 40 fully encompass what it means to Ride Sun Valley. The point-to-point course will climb over 7,955 ft. topping out at a maximum elevation of 9,620 ft. and weave through 39.4 miles of trail in both the Sawtooth National Recreational Area and the U.S. Forest Service Ketchum Ranger District. New this year, the race features the epic Osberg’s Ridge, adding eight miles and 2,000 vertical feet to last year’s course.

“We’re excited to bring the Niner Fox Trot 40 Cross-Country race back to the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival for it’s second year with a new and improved course that’s even longer than last year.” said Event Director Seth Delorey. “This rugged race helps showcase a large selection of the local trails and shows why Sun Valley is a world-class mountain bike destination.”

 

#5: GRAVITY & SPEED: COMPETE IN THE SCOTT ENDURO CUP PRESENTED BY VITTORIA

Sun Valley, ID, will mark the third round of the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria race series. Known locally as the “Sun Valley Super Enduro,” competitors will be challenged to five different hair-on-fire race stages. Gravity-hungry athletes will take on one of the longest enduros in the U.S. with over 20 miles of timed descent over the five stages. Racers will use a combination of lifts and good old pedal power to reach the start of each course. This year’s exciting course combines an epic combination of world-class Bald Mountain descents and local-favorite backcountry classics.

 

The Sun Valley, ID stop of the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria is apart of the North American Enduro Tour, making it a qualifier race for the Enduro World Series (EWS).

 

#6: TEAM UP AND TAKE IT TO THE STREETS AT THE DOWNTOWN CRITERIUM TEAM RELAY

Take it to the streets with your friends, coworkers, little brother and Aunt Mildred for the silliest and most colorful race to hit Sun Valley— the Downtown Criterium Team Relay presented by Vittoria. Grab your favorite set of wheels, a festive outfit, and a four-person team to take down the competition and win cold-hard-cash and bragging rights for the year.

 

This multi-lap race through town draws enthusiastic fans and highlights the lighter side of the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival. Local business teams and organizations will be competing against one another, in some healthy hometown rival fun. The new single lap kids criterium gets the whole family involved in the festival shenanigans. Coveted swag includes a set of Vittoria tires awarded to each person on the winning team and a single tire given to each person on the second place team. This event will put a smile on your face whether you are on the sidelines or in the saddle.

 

#7: GET THE SCOOP: LOCAL STOKER RIDES WITH CLUB RIDE

Wanna get the local scoop on the best mountain bike rides in Sun Valley? Our local experts are here for you all weekend. Enjoy FREE guided rides on the best singletrack in the area presented by local cycling apparel company, Club Ride.

Registration as well as start and end location for all the Local Stoker Rides will be at the Club Ride tent in the RSV Expo Area. From Friday to Sunday, Club Ride will host easy to longer ride options.

The Ride Sun Valley Festival runs from June 23-26, 2016. Photo by Josh Wells
The Ride Sun Valley Festival runs from June 23-26, 2016. Photo by Josh Wells

 

#8: TUNES, EATS AND DEMOS: RIDE SUN VALLEY EXPO AREA

The Ride Sun Valley Expo Area opens Friday afternoon with live music, mountain bike clinics focusing on rider skills and mechanics, Local Stoker Rides, everyone’s favorite, Downtown Criterium for the whole family, raffles, racer check-in and meetings and the SCOTT Enduro Cup & Niner Fox Trot 40 Prologue race. Start the weekend off right and get into festival spirit at Ride Sun Valley’s central meeting location. All are welcome!

 

Don’t miss out on demoing the newest bikes and equipment from a number of the best brands in the sport. Put your demos to the test on Sun Valley’s world class singletrack right outside of town. When you’re finished cruising, be sure to enjoy a cold beer and entertainment in the festival area. The expo area is open and free to the public.

 

#9: RALLY AT THE ANNUAL IDAHO STATE PUMP TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS BY COX COMMUNICATIONS

Over 150 riders turn their sights on the Idaho Pump Track State Championships. Adults and kids pack the infield for a great night of racing and fun. Scoring is based on the fastest overall time after completion of two timed laps. A three second penalty is given for any pedal strokes (Open Class, and 13 & Under Class) so racers must “pump” their bikes to maintain speed around the course.

 

#10: CUTER THAN CUDDLING KITTENS AND PUPPIES: KIDS MTB RACE

Don’t let their sweet demeanor and mini bicycles fool you, the riders at the Kids MTB Race presented by COX Communications are anything but cuddly and don’t mess around once their tread hits the dirt. The most hardcore kids race of the year takes place down at the River Run, Saturday afternoon. Riders ages 12 and under have the chance to show off their next-level skills at this free event. Medals, race numbers and prizes will be on hand so that every rider is sure to go home a winner! The event is a spectator favorite, and so darn cute.

Courses will be formatted to appropriate age and skill levels with a mix of smooth trails and bike paths.

Event Details: 

June 23-26 — Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival|, SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria, Sun Valley, ID, 4 days of Sun Valley’s best singletrack and mountain bike fun for riders of all ages and abilities. The festival features free guided rides, clinics, races, a bike expo, beer garden, entertainment and more. June 23: Sheeptown Drag Races (Downtown Hailey, ID)June 24: Opening Party & Prologue Time Trial, Opening Night Concert & RafflesJune 25: Day 1 Enduro, Expo & Bike Demos, Kid’s MTB RaceJune 26: Day 2 Enduro, Boulder Mountain Foxtrot XC race, Awards Ceremony, Expo & Bike Demos, Pumptrack State Championships, Jessica Kunzer, 801-349-4612, [email protected], Sara Valerious, 847-946-4182, [email protected], Ray  Gadd, [email protected], ridesunvalley.com, visitsunvalley.com

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