The Salida Bike Festival is a 4 day festival celebrating bicycles of all kinds!
Various groups in Salida have teamed up to create and promote unique and fun bike events throughout the week. Free group rides, bike films, bike from work mixer, a chainless race, pump track competition, a bike parade, the return of the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race, the 17th Annual Monarch Crest Crank and free live music in Riverside Park – plus much more!
The following schedule may change. Please check back for updates.
Thursday, September 15
9:00 a.m. – BAM ride sponsored by the Salida Cycling Club
The BAM (B ride in the A.M.) is the club’s Thursday morning ride for those of us who like an occasional group ride that’s not race-pace. We’ll meet at Absolute Bikes at 9:00 a.m. for a 20-30 mile ride at an average pace of 11-13 mph. Riders are free to turn back at any time if they wish to do a shorter ride. This is primarily a road bike ride although riders on mountain bikes are welcome. We’ll try very hard not to drop anyone and we’ll regroup often. The ride is open to all and everyone is welcome; come make some new friends!
6:00 p.m. – Ladies Mountain Bike Ride, organized by Absolute Bikes
Ladies, this ride is for you! Join this weekly all levels mountain bike ride by meeting up at the F Street bridge. This ride is designed for women of a variety of ability levels, with an emphasis on fun and meeting other female riders in the area. This is a great ride to with the Travelogue at the SteamPlant!
7:00 p.m. – Special Bike Week Travelogue Presentation at the Salida SteamPlant (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Sponsored by Salida Recreation
Kick off the 5th Annual Salida Bike Fest with this special edition of our popular travelogue series featuring Janie Hayes and Jimmy Bisese!
In June, Salida residents Janie Hayes and Jimmy Bisese competed in the TransAm Bike Race, a 4300-mile journey by bike across 10 states from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia. Janie finished the race in 22 ½ days and Jimmy finished in 24 days. During this Travelogue, they’ll share their journey down the Oregon coast, through Yellowstone, across the Rocky Mountains, the plains of Kansas, the Ozarks of Missouri, and the Appalachians of Kentucky and Virginia. Find out what it was like to eat a gas station diet for three weeks, sleep on bathroom floors and on the side of the road, ride through storms, heat waves and saddle sores – and, of course, arrive at the finish line at the end. For more on the race,www.transambikerace.com
Entry fee of $5 per person. Cash bar will be available. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for those who want to do some mingling beforehand.
Friday, September 16
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Traveling Vintage Bike Museum! SPONSORED BY SALIDA RECREATION
Salida Bike Fest Chainless Race Organized by Salida High School Mountain Bike Team
- 4:30 p.m. – registration, F Street Cul-de-sac
- 5:00 p.m. – start time, on S Mountain
This race benefits Salida Racing, the Salida High mountain bike team. Bike and rider transportation from the cul-de-sac to the start line provided by Absolute Bikes.
So simple, yet so fun! No chain means no pedaling, so it’s all about coasting and keeping your speed! Shenanigans and costumes are encouraged. This event is for ages 10 and over; minors must have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for anyone 18 years old or younger. We will run three different heats – kids, high school, and adults. Anyone showing up in a costume will receive a 20 foot head start! Mechanics will be on hand to assist with chains. Helmets and some type of brake are required!!! All proceeds go to the Salida High School Mountain Bike team. Questions can be directed to James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:00 p.m. Pee-wee Hermain’s Big Adventure Movie at the SteamPlant Theater Sponsored by Salida Recreation
Join us for Pee-wee Herman’s Big Adventure! (Rated PG, 1985 ‧ Fantasy/Cult film) Pee-wee loves his red bicycle and will not sell it to his envious neighbor. While Pee-wee visits his friend the bike is stolen. Pee-wee sets off on a trip to find his bike where he meets many remarkable people, including a motorcycle gang. Eventually, he discovers that his bike is being used in a movie and tries to recover it.
This is a FREE event but donations to cover the costs will be accepted.
Saturday, September 17
Bike Decorating and Bike Parade – Begins in Alpine Park, ends at Riverside Park Sponsored by Salida Recreation
- 9:30 – Bike Decorating in Alpine Park
- 10:30 – Parade Starts from Alpine Park and ends in Riverside Park
Anyone and everyone with a bicycle is welcome to meet at Alpine Park at 9:30 to decorate their bikes before a short parade through downtown Salida, ending at Riverside Park. Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and bike decorating will take place near the Farmer’s Market in Alpine Park prior to the start. Everyone is invited and bikes of all kinds will be included in this fun, family friendly parade!
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. — Banana Belt Race Day Registration
If you had not already registered for the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race this is your last chance to get in on this most awesome race. We’ll have tables set up for about an hour in Riverside Park for you to get in on the challenge.
11 a.m. – Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race Sponsored by Subculture Cyclery
This single loop, approximately 26 mile cross country course involves a dirt road climb alongside Bear Creek and six miles of single track on the Rainbow Trail before returning to town. Race will start at 11 a.m. and awards and food will follow at Riverside Park.
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11:00 a.m. – 3:00 P.m. — Bike Swap at the Scout Hut
Sell all your old bike stuff. Get some new used bike stuff. This event will be held in the Scout Hut. More details coming soon. Contact Rick at Salida Rec if you’re interested in selling your old bike or ski stuff at email@example.com.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Banana Belt After Party Sponsored by Subculture Cyclery and SYSCO
Kick back and relax in Riverside Park after the Banana Belt Race. There’ll be awards, food, refreshments, beer and music. This event is open to the public.
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Crest Crank Registration and Packet Pickup at Salida Bike Company
If you have already pre-registered for the Crest Crank, this is your time to check in, pick up your goodie bag and meet some of the women who run the AADA. If you have not already registered and the event is not yet sold out, registration will also be open at this time.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
7:30 a.m. – 18th Annual Monarch Crest Crank
We at Salida Bike Company are very excited to again partner with the The Monarch Crest Crank, which is the historic fundraiser for the Chaffee County Alliance Against Domestic Abuse (AADA) to raise funds for its programs that empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through education, social change, and services including a 24 hour crisis line, emergency shelter, and crisis intervention and support for women and men suffering domestic abuse.
In its 18th year, the AADA will continue to offer advanced mountain bikers the chance to ride the famed Monarch Crest Trail, one of the Top 10 mountain bike rides in America. Entry remains $75, plus pledges, for the Monarch Crest Trail ride. On top of this bargain price, we highly encourage you to raise at least the same amount in personal pledges and sponsorships.
Your entry fee includes coffee and baked goods, ride, guides, shuttle and of course our legendary after party in historic downtown Salida’s Riverside Park with food, libations, silent auction with cool bike art, live music featuring local Americana band Big Meadow, and awards! The top fundraiser bringing in more than $500 of pledges will win a snazzy cruiser bike donated by Salida Bike Company! Come join us in the fun and help raise funds to support the important work of the AADA. For more information, visit www.monarchcrestcrank.
Race day load up will take place at 7:30 am with coffee and baked goods. Shuttles depart at 8:00am sharp! Some space may be available for day of registrants, however, pre-registration is strongly encouraged as it will make everyone’s morning a little easier!
8:30 a.m. – The Pastry Ride – A morning ride sponsored by the Salida Cycling Club – Meet at Absolute Bikes
The SCR regular Sunday club ride is called the “Pastry Ride.” We ride our bikes for a while on Sunday morning and then we eat pastries. We’ll ride around 30 miles; please bring sufficient water and dress for the weather. The ride will finish back at the plaza of the SteamPlant for pastries, fruit, juice and coffee.
Noon – 5:00 p.m. – Crest Crank After-Party
The Crest Crank after party is open to anyone and will be a great way to close out Bike Fest. Join us in Riverside Park to enjoy delicious food, drinks, live music and fun with friends. Local bands will be featured, so be ready to dance and have a good time! There will also be an awesome silent auction and bike related art by some of Salida’s best local artists. If you want to see more of Salida, the after party will take place right in the heart of the downtown historic district and just a few steps away from art galleries, taverns, restaurants, shops and more. Friends and family of riders or anyone else who wants to hang out and support the important work of the AADA are also encouraged to join the after party.