Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race

Race date for 2015 is Saturday, September 19.  Race will begin at 11 am in Riverside park.

Start of the 2013 Banana Belt.

Start of the 2013 Banana Belt.


Congratulations to the 2014 Banana Belt participants!  THANK YOU to all the racers and volunteers for a great day. 

2014 Banana Belt Results


Registration is now open for 2014!

Paper registration forms are available to download here, or on-line registration is available at If you are downloading a paper form, please make sure to also print and fill out the attached waiver. Registration cost is $40 per person (pre-registration). All race day registrations will be charged an additional $10.

Please use your age on race day when signing up for your event category.

Entry fee includes a supported timed race, gender specific race t-shirt, post race snacks, one drink coupon for the after party, and a half-off coupon to the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center for use at a later date.

Race day registration is available at Riverside Park in downtown Salida from 9:45-10:45am for $50.

Registration categories include the following for males and females: ages 16 and under; 17-19; 20-35; 36-50; 51-65; 66 and over; and singlespeed.

Image for the 2014 Banana Belt awards, designed by local artist Jon MacManus.

Image for the 2014 Banana Belt awards, designed by local artist Jon MacManus.

Race Details

This 26 mile mountain bike race begins and ends in downtown Salida by Riverside Park, located on Sackett Avenue. After the race begins in downtown Salida, riders will cross over Hwy 50 and head up CR 101 to the Rainbow Trail. Riders then begin a rolling six mile stretch of single-track before descending via CR 108, the Little Rainbow Trail, and finally Race Track trail. Riders then head back to downtown Salida.

The race will begin with a mass start at 11am at the F Street bridge in downtown Salida. We expect riders to place themselves in a start position appropriate to their ability.

Please note: this is an approximately 26 mile mountain bike ride at elevations ranging from 7,000 feet to 9,000 feet. It is not a beginner mountain bike course.  We will not enforce a strict time cut-off, but do expect participants to be able to complete the course in a reasonable time (under 4 hours).

This race is being held under permits from the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

For more information about the Banana Belt course, including maps and an elevation profile, click here.

We will present awards following the race in Riverside Park in downtown Salida. Snacks will also be available after the race at Riverside Park for all racers.

Local band The Riff will play at the Banana Belt after party, which will be held at the Boathouse Cantina in downtown Salida.

Local band The Riff will play at the Banana Belt after party, which will be held at the Boathouse Cantina in downtown Salida.

We will also hold an after party at the Boathouse Cantina in downtown Salida.  All racers will receive one drink ticket to the after party, which will take place from 5:00 – 8:30pm.  We are hosting this after party with Salida Mountain Trails, a local, non-profit organization in town dedicated to building and improving trails in the Salida area.  Beer will be generously provided by members of the Arkansas Valley Libations Society and we will have live music with The Riff – a local band who played at last year’s Banana Belt after party.  Everyone is encouraged and invited to come on over to the Boathouse to celebrate!

Racers during the 2013 Banana Belt.

Racers during the 2013 Banana Belt.

2013 Results:  BB Results 

Sorted results are available here:  2013 Banana Belt Loop Results

Congratulations and thank you to all of our participants!

Rules and Other Considerations

Participants must complete the course under their own power.  No motor vehicles allowed.  All participants must wear a helmet.  Stay on the marked route and do not go off the route to bypass or cut corners.  No littering on course – we rely on permits from multiple agencies and also strongly agree with Leave No Trace principles ourselves – if you are caught littering, you may be disqualified.  Any rider dropping out of the race must notify a race official.  If unaccounted for, the rider will be responsible for paying for a Search and Rescue team sent out to look for them.  Please obey race officials. Race officials have the right to remove any rider from the course deemed necessary for their safety and the safety of others.

Be prepared to share the trails and roads with other users as they will be open to public use during the event – this includes motor vehicles.  Please assist other riders in a medical or other emergency.  Use of iPods or mp3 players is strongly discouraged for safety reasons.


A huge thank you goes to our sponsors.  We could not put on an event like this without the help of a lot of different people and businesses in town.  Thank you to our 2013 sponsors, who are included below.  We are actively looking for sponsors for 2014 – please email if you are interested in sponsoring this race!

Absolute Bikes, the Arkansas Valley Libations Society, Arlie Dale’s Jug Liquor, the City of Salida, Gone to the Dogs, Judd Fine Homes, Jon MacManus art, the Monarch Crest Crank, Natural Habitats, Salida Bike Shop, Salida Mountain Sports, Salida Mountain Trails, Subculture Cyclery, and YOLO for your support – we really appreciate it!

We also want to give a big thank you to the following businesses for providing food for the riders and volunteers during the 2013 event.  These include Fiesta Mexicana, Rise & Shine Bakery, Safeway, Shallots, and WalMart.

About Us

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.  For the 2nd year, this race is now being organized by the Salida Recreation Department.  The Salida Rec 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 Kristy at

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