Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race

Race date for 2016 is Saturday, September 17

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 is available here.  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, a piece of race apparel, post race snacks and barbecue, 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.

Banana Belt hat

Race gear apparel for 2015 will be a custom Banana Belt hat.


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.

Race Details

For a copy of the pre-race email, which has been sent to all pre-registered riders, please click this link:

2015 Banana Belt pre-race information

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).

New for 2015:  We have been permitted for an extended 34 mile long course with 4,000 feet of climbing.  This extended version of the course will include the Double Rainbow Trail, and will be an option for all riders.

The numbers are a bit deceptive though; the long course is more than 25% more difficult. Much of the additional singletrack is quite a bit more difficult and strenuous than the base course singletrack. It’s a wonderful course, most of the additional mileage is singletrack. But it’s hard. It is expected that the people who chose the long course will be advanced riders. There will be a hard cut-off time for riders to leave the base course. If you are riding the long course and do not reach the turn-off by a certain time (TBD) you will be able to continue on the base course for a race finish, but in order to get a finish on the long course you’ll have to be maintaining an aggressive pace during the first part of the race. There will be no age categories or singlespeed category for the long course finishers. There will be a male winner and a female winner.

You can choose between the standard course and the long course at the time that you pick up your race packet on race day morning. 

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.

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.

Our friends over at Juicy Trails also created the following maps for us.  Thanks so much!

26 mile Banana Belt course

34 mile Banana Belt course

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.

This year’s after party will be at Subculture Cyclery, with beer and bbq.  A big thanks to Sysco and the Salida Cycling Club for providing the bbq fixings and to Wood’s High Mountain Distillery for providing drink specials!


2015 Banana Belt Results

2014 Banana Belt Results

2013 Banana Belt Results 

Sorted results are available here:  2013 Banana Belt Loop Results

Banana Belt Loop Mountain Bike Race Results 1990-2014 – Thank you to Jesse Ward for compiling this information!

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, which 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.



Thank you to Subculture Cyclery for stepping up to sponsor and support this year’s event.

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.  Take time to thank all of the sponsors below for their support of this event!

Absolute Bikes, Amicas Pizza and Microbrewery, 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 Cycling Club, Salida Mountain Sports, Salida Mountain Trails, Subculture Cyclery, Sysco, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, YOLO, and 12 Hours of Penitence for your support – we really appreciate it!

About UsBanana

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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