Driggs, ID June 7, 2011, Teton Valley Trails And Pathways announces that this year’s lineup of events includes 16 group rides on area singletrack trails, downhill and cross-country races at Grand Targhee Resort, bike demos from bicycle companies Giant and Yeti, riding skills clinics by RipStoke, and three trials-riding demos. There will be parties too, of course – Friday’s at the Ice Rink in Victor, featuring Jackson band The Outfit; Saturday’s in front of the Driggs City Center, and Sunday’s at Targhee with music by the Jet Black Ninja Funkgrass Unit.
Mountain bike festivals have become increasingly popular events throughout the nation. In addition to providing an opportunity for riders to gather and enjoy riding together, festivals effectively draw attention to area trails. Teton Valley offers superb trails that are worth spotlighting. “I am consistently impressed by the quality of off-road riding we have here. Truly, Teton Valley should be a mountain bike destination, on the roadmap for any biker” says Scott Fitzgerald, Mayor of Victor, Idaho and Owner of Fitzgerald’s Bikes in Jackson, WY.
When a location becomes a “destination riding area,” the local economy stands to benefit enormously from the influx of riders who dine, shop, and sleep in the surrounding communities. “I see the growth of mountain biking in Teton Valley as a boon to the city of Driggs,” says Driggs Mayor Dan Powers. “Cyclists spend money in the towns they visit. As we improve the quality of biking here, we’re better able to attract businesses who view this as an important amenity. These businesses can create the good jobs we really need, and everyone benefits from that.”
For only $30 ($25 before June 15th!), participants in the Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Biking Festival will gain entry to all events and receive a “swag bag” of goodies from sponsors. Registration is available online now at www.athlete360.com.
Sponsors of the event to date include Sram, Wells Fargo Bank, Grand Targhee Resort, Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Peaked Sports, Yostmark, Kate’s Real Food, Heimerl Law Firm, Garage Door Handiman, Western Spirit Adventures, Jackson Hole Resort Lodging, Yeti, Fox Racing Shox, Smith Optics, Specialized and Powers Builders. “We’re really pleased with the support we have so far,” says Tim Adams, Executive Director of TVTAP. “We’re looking forward to the continued backing of both local and national businesses,” Adams adds. “We are dedicated to creating an event that will become an annual tradition in Teton Valley, bringing people together to highlight the extensive and world class mountain bike trails in the region.”