Thursday, September 13
9:00 am – BAM ride sponsored by the Salida Cycling Club
The BAM (B ride in the A.M.) is the club’s Thursday morning ride for those of us who like an occasional group ride that’s not race-pace. We’ll meet at Amicas at 9:00 am for a 20-30 mile ride at an average pace of 11-13 mph. Riders are free to turn back at any time if they wish to do a shorter ride. This is primarily a road bike ride although riders on mountain bikes are welcome. We’ll try very hard not to drop anyone and we’ll regroup often. The ride is open to all and everyone is welcome; come make some new friends!
5:30 pm – Ladies Mountain Bike Ride, organized by Salida Recreation and Absolute Bikes
Ladies this ride is for you! Join this weekly all levels mountain bike ride by meeting up at the caboose, on the north side of the F Street bridge. This ride is designed for women of a variety of ability levels, with an emphasis on fun and meeting other female riders in the area. This is a great hour to hour-and-a-half ride in the Arkanasas HIlls Trail System, and ends in time to get to the Travelogue at the SteamPlant!
7:00 pm – Special Bike Week Travelogue Presentation at the Salida SteamPlant (doors open at 6:30 pm) Sponsored by Salida Recreation and the Salida Cycling Club
Kick off the 6th Annual Salida BikeFest with this special edition of our popular travelogue series. Entry fee of $5 per person. Cash bar will be available.
Friday, September 14
SOULRIDE: BikeFest Kickoff Party and Ride
- 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This event is sponsored by Soulcraft Brewery and includes a bike ride straight through the brewery itself! The party/ride will start at 6:00 pm at Soulcraft Brewing Company, 248 W. Hwy 50. Riders (in any costume they may be sporting) will then ride through the middle of the brewery, over to the Monarch Spur Trail, and downtown to each of the three Salida Bike Shops. Once they have toured the shops and grabbed a Bike Fest collectible from each: Absolute Bikes, Subculture Cyclery, and Salida Bike Company, they may return to the brewery to redeem those collectibles for one beer (or a soft drink, for the little ones)! Live music, the band Bottlerocket Hurricane, starts at 7pm. Link to the map of the Soulride, or check out the flyer here!
Saturday, September 15
Bike Decorating and Bike Parade – Begins in Alpine Park, ends at Riverside Park Sponsored by Salida Recreation
- 9:30 – Bike Decorating in Alpine Park
- 10:15 – Parade Starts from Alpine Park and ends in Riverside Park
Anyone and everyone with a bicycle is welcome to meet at Alpine Park at 9:30 am to decorate their bikes before a short parade through downtown Salida, ending at Riverside Park. Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and bike decorating will take place near the Farmer’s Market in Alpine Park prior to the start. Everyone is invited and bikes of all kinds will be included in this fun, family friendly parade!
9:45 am – 10:45 am — Banana Belt Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup
Pick up your race packet. If you had not already registered for the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race this is your last chance to get in on this most awesome race. We’ll have tables set up for about an hour in Riverside Park for you to get in on the challenge.
11 am – Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race
This single loop, approximately 26 mile cross country course involves a dirt road climb alongside Bear Creek and six miles of single track on the Rainbow Trail before returning to town. Race will start at 11 am and awards and food will follow at Riverside Park. Banana Belt Race Page
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm — Banana Belt After Party
Kick back and relax in Riverside Park after the Banana Belt Race. There’ll be awards, food, refreshments, music, and beer provided by Soulcraft Brewing! This event is open to the public.
4 pm – Salida History Tour Bike Ride – With Absolute Bikes
This ride will be meeting at Absolute Bikes in downtown Salida and participants will be shown around town to different historical locations. There is not cost for this ride and it will last between an 60 and 90 minutes.
5 pm – 8 pm – Crest Crank Registration and Packet Pickup
If you have already pre-registered for the Crest Crank, this is your time to check in, pick up your goodie bag and meet some of the women who run the AADA. If you have not already registered and the event is not yet sold out, registration will also be open at this time.
Sunday, September 16
7:30 am – 20th Anniversary Monarch Crest Crank
The Monarch Crest Crank, is the historic fundraiser for the Chaffee County The Alliance to raise funds for its programs that empower individuals beyond domestic and sexual violence through education, social change, and services including a 24 hour crisis line, emergency shelter, and crisis intervention and support for women and men suffering domestic abuse.
In its 20th year, The Alliance (https://alliancechaffee.org/) will continue to offer advanced mountain bikers the chance to ride the famed Monarch Crest Trail, one of the Top 10 mountain bike rides in America. Entry remains $75, plus pledges, for the Monarch Crest Trail ride. On top of this bargain price, we highly encourage you to raise at least the same amount in personal pledges and sponsorships.
Your entry fee includes coffee and baked goods, ride, guides, shuttle and of course our legendary after party in historic downtown Salida’s Riverside Park with food, libations, silent auction with cool bike art, live music and awards! Come join us in the fun and help raise funds to support the important work of The Alliance. For more information, visit www.monarchcrestcrank.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.