2016 Salida Bike Festival Schedule

Salida Bike Fest Poster 2 (2)We are still working on the 2016 schedule – please check back often for updates.  If you are interested in hosting an event during Bike Fest, let us know!  Email salidaraces@cityofsalida.com with your idea and we will work with you to make it happen!

2014 Bike to Work/School day

2014 Bike to Work/School day

Thursday, September 17

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Bike to Work Day at the Salida Community Center and Elevation Beer Company.

We moved our traditional Bike to Work date from May to September to correspond with Bike Fest.  Ride your bike to work or school and stop by the Community Center for coffee, fruit, snacks, and free giveaways!  There will also be a stop at Elevation Beer Company, for those of you who are riding by Poncha Springs.  We know there are a lot of people in Salida who ride their bikes to work and school – stop by and say hi to us on your way!

9:00 a.m. – 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 a.m. 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!

Costumes are encouraged at the Chainless Race!

7:00 p.m. – Special Bike Week Travelogue Presentation at the Salida SteamPlant (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Kick off the 4th Annual Salida Bike Fest with this special edition of our popular travelogue series!   We’ll have two shorter presentations for this year’s travelogue, along with some fun bike movie clips.  Liz Weiss is a graduate student from Western State University, who also organized Bike to Work/School Day for us this year! She will talk about cycling across the country in order to attend a friend’s wedding, as well as her passion for bike commuting.  Lawrence Weckbaugh with Become Films will show the trailer and discuss the new documentary “Recovering”, about a group of veterans who conducted several ‘ride’s to recovery’ during and before the 10th year 9/11 memorials.

Entry fee of $5 per person will include light appetizers, and entry to the Travelogue speaker.  Cash bar will also be available.  Doors will open at 6pm for those who want to do some mingling beforehand.

6:00 p.m. – Ladies Mountain Bike Ride, organized by Absolute Bikes

Ladies, this ride is for you!  Join this weekly all levels mountain bike ride by meeting up at the F Street bridge.  Need a bike?  No problem!  Email Sydney (sydney@absolutebikes.com) at least a few days prior to the ride, and she can help you out over at Absolute Bikes.  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.

Friday, September 18

8:00 a.m. – Group Mountain Bike Ride, led by Salida Mountain Trails

Andrew Koransky from Salida Mountain Trails will lead an intermediate group ride on the Arkansas Valley Trail System to highlight some of the work this non-profit group has done over the past few years.  Route for the ride will include Front Side, Lil’ Rattler, Backbone, and Sweet Dreams. Please bring a helmet and be prepared to ride intermediate level trails.  Meet at the caboose at the F Street bridge area.

10:00 a.m. –  2:00 p.m. – Bike Fun at Camp Friday! 

During much of the school year, the Salida Recreation Department will organize Camp Friday for younger kids, in partnership with many other non-profit educational groups from around Salida.  In celebration of Bike Fest, this week’s theme for Camp Friday will be all about bikes!  We’ll do a bike-handling rodeo, learn about bike parts and repair, do a bicycle art project and take an interpretive bike ride along the Monarch Spur Trail to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in Salida.  Meet at and pick up from the Scout Hut for full day, AM and PM sessions.

Please bring your bike and helmet (required). If you don’t have one or both, please call (719) 539-5703 to arrange for a free rental. Wear sturdy shoes and please bring your own lunch and snacks with NO NUT INGREDIENTS. Also bring appropriate layers, water and a backpack.

Salida Bike Fest Chainless Race, to benefit Salida Racing, the Salida High mountain bike team

4:30 p.m. – registration, F Street Cul-de-sac

5:00 p.m. – start time, on S Mountain

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 jameshaarmeyer@gmail.com.

2014 Bike Films presenters Matt Allen and Tyler Boyd.


7 p.m. – Viewing of American Flyers at the Salida SteamPlant

After you’ve finished up your ride or the Chainless Race, head back to the SteamPlant for drinks and film! Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and films will begin at 7:30 p.m. Cash bar will be available. We’ll start with a few short bike clips, then move on to the main movie – American Flyers!

American Flyers is a movies from the 1980’s, featuring Kevin Costner, Colorado, and bike racing.  Who wants to miss that?!  Click here to link to the trailer.

Saturday, September 19

9:3o a.m. – Bike Parade – Begins in Alpine Park, ends at Riverside Park
Anyone and everyone with a bicycle is welcome to meet at Alpine Park 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 at 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!

Image for the 2014 Banana Belt awards, designed by local artist Jon MacManus.

11 a.m. – Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race

Mark your calendars – the old Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race is back!  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 a.m. and awards and food will follow at Riverside Park.  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!

For more information, click here and here.  To register, click here.

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Crest Crank Registration and Packet Pickup at Subculture Cyclery

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 20

MCCLogo20138:00 a.m. – 17th Annual Monarch Crest Crank

We 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).  In its 17th year, the AADA will continue to offer advanced mountain bikers the chance to ride the famed Monarch Crest Trail.  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 the ride, guide, shuttle and of course our legendary party after the ride. The top fundraiser bringing in more than $500 of pledges will win a great prize!  Come join us in the fun and help raise funds to support the important work of the AADA.  For more information, visit www.monarchcrestcrank.com or email crestcrank@gmail.com.

Race day registration will take place at 7:30 am at Subculture Cyclery.  However, pre-registration is strongly encouraged as it will make everyone’s morning a little easier!

8:30 a.m. – 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.

Getting ready for the Bike Parade.

Getting ready for the Bike Parade.

Noon – 5:00 p.m. – 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 to enjoy delicious food, drinks, live music and fun with friends.  Local bands Blue Collar Poets and Big Meadow will be featured, and they are both a lot of fun on stage! 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.

1 p.m. – Historic Salida Ride

Salida has the largest historic district in the state-meet at Absolute Bikes and take a tour and learn more about our town’s history. Sponsored by Absolute Bikes. Families welcome. Helmets required. Donations accepted and will support the Salida Museum.

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