From the casual pedaler to the hard-core racer, the urban cyclist to the off-road mountain biker, Sun Valley is a hell of a place to be a biker. There are more than 32 miles of multiuse bike paths, parks and scenic roads, as well as more than 400 miles of singletrack, meaning bikers have plenty of places to lose themselves.
There's so much for bikers to do that the area celebrates its two-wheeled offerings with the annual Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival. The 10-day festival kicks off on Friday, June 28, and continues through Sunday, July 7, with a full schedule of bike-oriented parties and activities.
Things start off right with an opening party at the Sawtooth Brewery in Ketchum that includes live music and a raffle. The party acts as a fundraiser for the Wood River Bike Coalition and supports the Sun Valley chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association.
For the next nine days, Sun Valley opens its doors for competitions like the Sun Valley Super Enduro, a two-day race taking riders on four different downhill tracks. Other events include a bike demo, where attendees can shop for the latest cycling gear, as well as test-ride bikes by Cannondale, GT, Mongoose, Ellsworth and Scott on a section of singletrack accessible from the demo site.
The Ride Sun Valley Festival will also feature women's rides, kids-only bike races and plenty of assorted diversions. The week closes out with the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships, where racers compete on a 45-mile course that climbs and descends a total of 5,000 feet. Meanwhile, the Lawn-athon brings Caribbean and Mexican-style tacos, lawn game tournaments and live music to spectators.
Get a full list of events online.