(Sun Valley, Idaho) Sun Valley, Idaho is pleased to announce the second year of its signature mountain bike event, Ride Sun Valley. As host to USA Cycling’s Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championship, this event offers something for everyone from recreational riders, to passionate mountain bikers, to the elite racers of the United States during the week of June 30-July, 2012.
Sun Valley’s famed ski precipice, Bald Mountain, plays host to several events this year including the National Championship Cross Country, Short Track Cross Country, and Super Downhill. New for 2012 is the Scott Sports/ Shimano Super Duper Downhill to be held July 1. Racing from the massif’s summit riders will descend nearly 5,000 vertical feet and race for nearly 50 minutes. The Super Duper Downhill is the second stage of the new for 2012, Sun Valley All Mountain Competition. Scored like a stage race, the Sun Valley All Mountain combines results from the June 30 Galena Grinder Cross Country, July 1 Super Duper Downhill, and the July 3 Ride Sun Valley Fat Tire Criterium.
Also on tap during the week is the Scott Week of Epic Rides. Free and open to the public, these shuttled and escorted rides offer riders of intermediate to advanced skill and fitness level a chance to ride the best of Sun Valley singletrack. With over 400 miles of singletrack accessible directly from the valley, participants can expect to enjoy the best rides of their life without the hassle of logistics or way-finding.
“Ride Sun Valley is an all-inclusive week for all types of mountain bikers who live to ride. We want everyone to experience how awesome our riding is. Sun Valley is the next mecca of the sport. We are telling riders and racers to plan on coming early and staying late. It’s that good here,” said Ride Sun Valley course and ride director, Greg Martin.
More information about the event can be found at www.ridesunvalley.com. Local accommodation, shopping and dining, event, and activity offerings can be discovered at www.visitsunvalley.com.