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Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race

This classic race leads racers south out of town up a 3,000ft climb to the Rainbow trail, across the front of Methodist Mountain and back down to town.


 Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race

Date: September 19, 2020

Race Time: 9:00am

Registration Location:  Riverside Park, Salida

Online Registration: $50 Closes 11:59pm September 13th

(Recieve a Banana Belt T-shirt with your registration when you register before August 16th at midnight)

Race Day Registration (7:45 - 8:45am): $60 Cash or Check



2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 1990-2014*

*1990-2014 Results courtesy of Jesse Ward.


About Banana Belt

Distance: 40.91 Kilometers or 25.42 Miles

Starting Elevation: 2,148 Meters or 7047.24 Feet

Maximum Elevation: 2,744 Meters or 9002.62 Feet

Elevation Gain: 928 Meters or 3044.62 Feet

Strava: Link

Map: Link

Course Description: 

The Banana Belt course starts downtown at the F Street bridge.  Riders are lead out by a Moto until they Turn off CR 175, where the race officially begins.  Riders follow the dirt road along the river down to the stock yard and cross the Arkansas river on CR 102.  The course crosses HWY 50, Cars have the right of way! The course stays on HWY 50 until riders take a right onto CR 101.  The course does most of it's climbing here.  CR101 turns into Bear Creak Road about half way up. At the top of Bear Creek road, there is an aid station with water and sports drink coolers available.  Riders continue on to Rainbow Trail from here and traverse across the mountains until arriving at CR 108.  Descend with caution, CR 108 is a steep, loose 4x4 road.  Turning off 108 onto Little Rainbow Trail, riders enjoy more Salida single track with views of the Akansas River Valley. The final single track descent on Racetrack Trail, brings riders back down to HWY 50, where they take a right and head back towards the Bridge at Cleora.  Riders dismount there bikes and cross under HWY 50 through a culvert and rock scramble back up to the bridge. From the bridge, riders follow the river back towards F Street and Finish on the East Side of the F Street bridge.  


Interested in volunteering?  Email Salidaraces@cityofsalida.com or call (719) 539 - 6738.


The Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race was started by a local bike club and riders in 1989.  The Salida Chamber of Commerce took over organization of the race before it was discontinued.  Since 2014, this race is being organized by the Salida Recreation Department.  The Salida Recreation Department is housed at the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center at 410 Hwy 50, Salida, CO.  Our mission is to enrich and empower lives through recreation in our community.

For more information, email Salida's Recreation Coordinator at salidaraces@gmail.com.