Thursday, September 14

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 Absolute Bikes 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!

6:00 pm – Ladies Mountain Bike Ride, organized by Absolute Bikes

crest bikingLadies, this ride is for you!  Join this weekly all levels mountain bike ride by meeting up at 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 ride to with 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

Kick off the 6th Annual Salida Bike Fest with this special edition of our popular travelogue series. Entry fee of $5 per person.  Cash bar will be available.

Friday, September 15

Salida Bike Fest Chainless Race Organized by Salida High School Mountain Bike Team

  • 4:30 pm - registration, F Street Cul-de-sac
  • 5:00 pm – start time, on S Mountain

chainlessThis race benefits Salida Racing, the Salida High mountain bike team. Bike and rider transportation from the cul-de-sac to the start line provided by Absolute Bikes.

So simple, yet so fun! No chain means no pedaling, so it’s all about coasting and keeping your speed! Shenanigans and costumes are encouraged.  This event is for ages 10 and over; minors must have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver.  Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for anyone 18 years old or younger.  We will run three different heats - kids, high school, and adults.  Anyone showing up in a costume will receive a 20 foot head start!  Mechanics will be on hand to assist with chains.  Helmets and some type of brake are required!!! All proceeds go to the Salida High School Mountain Bike team. Questions can be directed to James at

Saturday, September 16

kids-bike-2Bike Decorating and Bike Parade – Begins in Alpine Park, ends at Riverside Park Sponsored by Salida Recreation

  • 9:30  - Bike Decorating in Alpine Park
  • 10:30 - 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!

BB logo yellow9:45 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.

Start of the 2014 Banana Belt.Banana Belt Race Page

Pre-register HERE for the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race


TBD: Bike Swap

Sell all your old bike stuff. Get some new used bike stuff. This event will be held in the Scout Hut. More details coming soon. Contact Matt if you're interested in selling your old bike or ski stuff at

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, beer and music. This event is open to the public.

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 17

7:30 am – 19th Annual Monarch Crest Crank

CClogoshrink-425x398-425x398We at Salida Bike Company are very excited to again partner with the The Monarch Crest Crank, which is the historic fundraiser for the Chaffee County Alliance Against Domestic Abuse (AADA) to raise funds for its programs that empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault 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 19th year, the AADA 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 featuring local Americana band Big Meadow, and awards! Come join us in the fun and help raise funds to support the important work of the AADA. For more information, visit or email

Race day load up will take place at 7:30 am with coffee and baked goods. Shuttles depart at 8:00 am sharp! Some space may be available for day of registrants, however, pre-registration is strongly encouraged as it will make everyone’s morning a little easier! 

pastryride8:30 am – The Pastry Ride – A morning ride sponsored by the Salida Cycling Club – Meet at Absolute Bikes

The SCR regular Sunday club ride is called the “Pastry Ride.”  We ride our bikes for a while on Sunday morning and then we eat pastries. We'll ride around 30 miles; please bring sufficient water and dress for the weather.  The ride will finish back at the plaza of the SteamPlant for pastries, fruit, juice and coffee.

Noon – 5:00 pm – Crest Crank After-Party

The Crest Crank after party is open to anyone and will be a great way to close out Bike Fest.  Join us in Riverside Park to enjoy delicious food, drinks, live music and fun with friends.  Local bands will be featured, so be ready to dance and have a good time! There will also be an awesome silent auction and bike related art by some of Salida's best local artists.  If you want to see more of Salida, the after party will take place right in the heart of the downtown historic district and just a few steps away from art galleries, taverns, restaurants, shops and more.  Friends and family of riders or anyone else who wants to hang out and support the important work of the AADA are also encouraged to join the after party.