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 2014 Banana Belt.



Registration is now open for 2015!

Paper registration forms are available to download here or on-line registration will be available by mid February at If you download 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 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 and over; and singlespeed.  We will add additional age brackets (in 10 year increments) for racers 70 and over if we receive registrants in that age group.

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.

We will also hold an after party at a location TBD – please check back for more details!


2014 Banana Belt Results

2013 Banana Belt Results 

Sorted results are available here:  2013 Banana Belt Loop Results

Congratulations and thank you to all of our participants!

Start of the 2014 Banana Belt.

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 2014 sponsors, who are included below.  We are actively looking for sponsors for 2015 – please email if you are interested in sponsoring this race!

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

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 3rd 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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