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Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race, September 15, 2018



Race date:  Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time:  Race begins at 11:00 am

Location:  Race will begin and end in downtown Salida, in the F Street bridge area

Price:  $40 pre-registration, $50 race day

Pre-register online: www.bikereg.com
Pre-registration ends Thursday 13 at 11:59pm MT.
Race day registration: 9:45 – 10:45, at Riverside Park, $50

Distance:  Approximately 26 miles


Pre-registration cost is $40 per person. All race day registrations are $50.

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, and a pass to use at the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center.

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

IMG_0900This 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 11:00 am 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, Colorado State Patrol, Chaffee County Colorado, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Map of 26 mile Banana Belt course here (2.5 meg pdf)

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.


2017 Banana Belt Results

2016 Banana Belt Results

2015 Banana Belt Results
2014 Banana Belt Results
2013 Banana Belt Results

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

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 our wonderful Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race sponsors for 2018! Absolute Bikes, Subculture Cyclery, and Soulcraft Brewing!


… Are always needed! If you are interested in volunteering for a job such as course marshaling, timing, course sweeping, or party set-up/tear-down, please contact Matt Sweeney at salidaraces@gmail.com, or at the pool at 719-539-6738!

About Us

The Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race was started by a local bike club and riders in City Rec with Heart new city logo (3)1989.  The Salida Chamber of Commerce took over organization of the race before it was discontinued.  For the 6th 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 Matt Sweeney at salidaraces@gmail.com.