by Deanna Darr
And while the coverage in this edition is extensive, there's always more to do when it comes to biking in the area. Here are even more reasons to get out and pedal—as if you needed them.
Things to register for:
Boise to Idaho City Mountain Bike Tour—Register at spondoro.com for this mountain bike tour, which will take place Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17, and departs from Fort Boise. Camping at Idaho City is encouraged, and the registration fee includes camping fees. Trudy’s Kitchen will provide dinner and breakfast, and Ninkasi Brewery will supply tasty brews. $80-$100. Shu’s Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St., Boise, 208-344-6604, idahorunningcompany.com.
Brundage Mountain Gravity Festival—Register at spondoro.com for the Super D and downhill races at this qualifying bike race for the National Championship. First 20 riders receive a free Brundage lift pass for signing up online for the Super D event. Festival will be held Saturday, July 28-Sunday, July 29. $20-$40. Brundage Mountain Resort, 3890 Goose Lake Road, McCall, 1-800-888-7544, brundage.com.
Idaho Time Trial Festival—Register through Thursday, May 10, for the Idaho Time Trial Festival, presented by Bob’s Bicycles. Events for juniors and adults will be held at various locations Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, with a free beer and lunch celebration May 11. Each entrant will be placed in a drawing for prizes, but you must be present to win. Register at usacycling.org or idahottfestival.com. $30-$45. Bob's Bicycles, 6020 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-322-8042.
Tamarack Super D—Register at spondoro.com for the Super D bike race to be held Saturday, Aug. 11, in Donnelly. Free kids race to follow. $20-$40. Tamarack Resort, 2099 W. Mountain Road, off Hwy. 55, Donnelly, 208-325-1000, tamarackidaho.com.
Stuff to Do:
10/10 Bicycle Ride—Led by a League of American Bicycles-certified instructor, this ride is for beginning and developing cyclists, ages 12 and up, who are ready to add more distance to their rides while learning skills for riding in traffic, building confidence, and meeting other cyclists. Routes will vary, generally 10 miles at 10 mph. Also on Saturdays from 8-9 a.m., through Sept. 1. For information about other rides, find “Nampa Cycling” on Facebook. Mondays, Saturdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1. FREE. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.
Intermountain Orthopedic-Lost River Cycling Tuesday Rides—Bring your mountain bike for recreational rides every Tuesday night. The group will decide each week which destination to start from for the Thursday and Saturday weekly rides. For those not on the Tuesday ride, they can keep informed of the Thursday/Saturday rides by contacting Cliff Weisgerber at firstname.lastname@example.org or by emailing email@example.com with “subscribe rides” in the subject field. 6:15 p.m. FREE. Sun Ray Cafe, 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, lostrivercycling.org.
Intermountain Orthopedic-Lost River Cycling Wednesday Ride—Join a no-drop recreation ride of varying lengths, keeping a pace between 15-18 mph. 6:15 p.m. FREE, Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, 600 N. Robbins, Boise, 208-489-4444, lostrivercycling.org.
Lost River Cycling No-Host Sunday Road Ride—A no-drop, multiple group road ride with a maximum speed of 15 mph departs every Sunday, July 1 through Labor Day at 9 a.m. Sundays. FREE, Big City Coffee, 1416 Grove St., Boise, 208-345-3145, lostrivercycling.org.
Wednesday Night Dumploop—Bob’s Bicycles presents this Wednesday night dumploop ride. Riders meet at 1405 Main St., in the lot on the back side of the Linen Building, and should expect to climb. Drinks at the Modern Hotel and Bar to follow the ride. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. FREE. Bob’s Bicycles, 6020 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-322-8042.
Events and Workshops
Boise Bicycle Project Open Shop—Donate unwanted bicycles or equipment to a good cause and receive a tax write-off. The shop is also open at the same time for volunteers interested in working on bicycles for children of low-income families, refugees and Boise’s homeless population. During open shop time on Saturdays, use tools and stands to work on your own bike or bikes for the community. No experience is necessary. Volunteer orientations are on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 11 a.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
Ladies Wrench Night—The work night for ladies only is a chance to work or learn to work on bikes with the tools and expertise provided. Each night features a 30-minute class on a different aspect of bicycle repair. Second Thursday of every month, 6-8 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-429-6520, boisebicycleproject.org.
Learn to Bike Race—This clinic is focused on teaching the basics of road bicycle racing and is intended for riders with an interest in racing or new racers who want to gain more hands-on knowledge. Topics include bike handling, pack awareness, cornering skills, position on a bike, understanding basic rules, introduction to USA Cycling lingo and race categories, handling mechanical problems and flats when racing, introduction to Idaho bike racing opportunities and more. There will be a small amount of lecture but most of the evening will be spent on the bike working on various skills. Registration opens at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-287-5650, expoidaho.com.