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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 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 Bike Fest with this special edition of our popular travelogue series. The travelogue presentation will feature a panel of three incredible long-distance mountain bike and road bike riders. The panel includes Aaron Weinsheimer, Kent Davidson and Janie Hayes. Come listen to their incredible stories of their journeys on two-wheels. Entry fee of $5 per person. Cash bar will be available. The Salida Cycling Club will be on with information about their club and their rides as well as raffling off bike jerseys. Every entry will receive one raffle ticket.
September's travelogue features a panel of three long-distance bike riders/racers - Kent Davidson, Janie Hayes and Aaron Weinsheimer. Each of them will share photos and stories of their incredible journeys.
The Salida Cycling Club will be holding a raffle with some great giveaways.
Janie Hayes just completed her second Trans Am Bike Race - "The Trans Am Bike Race is a 4,300 mile self supported road race following the Trans America Bike Trail across 10 states from Oregon to Virginia. After completing the Trans Am in 22 days 11 hours in 2016, this was my second attempt at the race. I finished in 19 days 8 hours and was 3rd place out of 135 starters. I’ll be sharing my experiences from this year – my preparation, goals, and stories from the road (including the Kentucky pitbull that took a piece out of my leg)."
This summer Aaron Weinsheimer completed the first annual American Trail Race, a 5,000 mile self-supported bikepacking race crossing the USA along the off-road Trans America Trail. The route traveled from North Carolina to Oregon and Aaron completed the grueling race in 45 days and 17 hours. Aaron is an experienced bikepacker, having raced the Tour Divide in 2012 and completed the Colorado Trail Race twice. In 2016, Aaron became only the third person to complete the Continental Divide Hiking Trail on a bike.
In 2015 Kent Davidson completed the Tour Divide, a true classic and the world's longest off-pavement cycling route, 2,745 miles from Banff, Alberta to Antelope Wells, NM. Kent will speak about the accessibility of this course for anyone who has ever thought about doing a cross-country ride.
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
This 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 $15 for adults and $10 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soulride! Bike Fest 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 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 beer (or a soft drink, for the little ones)! Live music starts at 7pm. Link to the map of the Soulride, or check out the flyer here! SoulRide Flyer version3
Saturday, September 16
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.
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. The raffle winners of the $300 certificates to each of our bike shops will be announced here as well, provided by Charter Spectrum.
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
We 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 www.monarchcrestcrank.
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!
8:30 am – The Pastry Ride – A morning ride sponsored by the Salida Cycling Club, meet at Amicas
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 Amicas 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.