Please note: This schedule is tentative and we will keep updating it as we confirm more details. Check back often as we will continue to add events. If you are interested in hosting an event during Bike Fest, let us know! Email email@example.com with your idea and we will work with you to make it happen!
Thursday, September 11
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Bike to Work Day at the Salida SteamPlant
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 SteamPlant for coffee, fruit and snacks. Giveaways from local shops will also be provided!
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!
Bike Rodeo and Helmet give away at Longfellow Elementary
The Salida Police and Fire Departments and Absolute Bikes spend this day helping kids learn and practice safety skills, rules of the road and bike handling techniques. Free helmets will be given to all participating 4th grade students, compliments of Absolute Bikes.
5:30 p.m. – Bike Week Mixer and Salida Recreation Travelogue Presentation at the Salida SteamPlant
Kick off the 3rd Annual Salida Bike Fest with this social mixer at the Salida SteamPlant! This event will include a social mixer and also a special edition of Salida Recreation’s popular Travelogue Series. Our guest speaker for the Travelogue presentation is Chaffee County resident Gracie Cole. Gracie has ridden her unicycle on many big adventures, including the Great Divide, and we are very excited to hear her stories!
Entry fee of $10 per person will include light appetizers, one drink coupon and entry to the Travelogue speaker. Entry fee of $5 is for those who only want to attend the Travelogue presentation (drink coupon and appetizers not included). Mixer will take place between 5:30 – 7 p.m. and Travelogue presentation will begin at 7 p.m.
Friday, September 12
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 p.m. – Bike Films 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. We will show a few awesome bike films and will have drinks and popcorn for sale.
We are very excited to show the film InRoads this year, which is a short story of a handmade bike and its maiden voyage. The documentary tells the story of the bike being built and the community that surrounds it. InRoads is directed by Tyler H. Boyd. Tyler is a filmaker/editor from Denver, Colorado who loves to tell a compelling story. He is always up for a challenge and an opportunity to create. The film is produced by Matt Allen, a photographer and avid cyclist from Denver, Colorado who has a penchant for vintage cameras and metal bikes. You’ll find him combining his love for both of those whenever possible. Both Tyler and Matt plan to be in Salida during Bike Fest to discuss this film.
Following InRoads, we will show the movie Rad – a film made in 1986 about BMX racing. The story follows Cru Jones and his attempt to win the Helltrack BMX race. This is a great opportunity to watch this cult classic on a big screen!
Saturday, September 13
10:3o 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!
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.
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Banana Belt After Party and Salida Mountain Trails Member Appreciation Party – Boathouse Cantina
The Banana Belt After Party will be held at the Boathouse Cantina in collaboration with Salida Mountain Trails. Party will feature The Riff (formerly the No Name Band) – an awesome local band who are all enthusiastic cyclists and supporters of our trails. Food and drink will be for sale at the Boathouse; all Banana Belt racers and volunteers will receive one free drink ticket. Alcohol will be provided by members of the Arkansas Valley Libations Society.
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Crest Crank Registration and Packet Pickup at Absolute Bikes
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 14
8:00 a.m. – 16th 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 16th 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 email@example.com.
Race day registration will take place at 7:30 am at Absolute Bikes. 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.
Noon – 6:00 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. 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.