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Salida Bike Fest to return with COVID-compatible occasions | Information

Though Salida Bike Fest will likely be trimmed down this 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bikers nonetheless have the chance to race, journey the Monarch Crest and parade round city on adorned bikes. 

“We’re a bit of cautious, however we’re excited folks will really be capable of do one thing social and compete,” Ryan Wiegman, Salida Rec’s recreation coordinator stated. 

Whereas many of the regular festivities have been referred to as off, the bike  competition will nonetheless characteristic the Banana Belt mountain bike race, the Monarch Crest Crank and a motorbike adorning occasion adopted by a motorbike parade round downtown, Sept. 19-20. 

The Banana Belt mountain bike race may even happen on a brand new course this 12 months as a result of a part of the Rainbow Path was broken by flash flooding earlier this summer time. The race sometimes begins on the town, then riders pedal out to CR 101 Bear Creek Street, climb as much as Rainbow and descend Rainbow and Race Monitor again to city. 

Nevertheless, this 12 months’s race will likely be held on a distinct Salida traditional – the Cottonwood Belt. 

The riders will principally pedal six miles up CR 173 Ute Path to succeed in Beasway after which race down singletrack trails together with Beasway, Rumba, Cottonwood and Hen Dinner earlier than the ultimate dash to the end. 

“The route was form of the one comparable one on the town,” Wiegman stated. “Persons are fairly enthusiastic about it. It has about the identical quantity of climbing and about the identical quantity of descending, nevertheless it’s positively a bit of extra technical with the Waterfall part.”

The Cottonwood Belt is 20.21 miles lengthy with 2,613 toes of elevation acquire. 

The race may even use a time trial format with bikers beginning each minute. 

Whereas the primary particular person to complete may not be the winner, opponents will not less than produce other bikers to tempo with. Throughout FIBArk, Salida Rec held digital races that folks may journey every time that they had an opportunity. Not lots of people participated.  

“The digital ones didn’t get an entire lot of traction,” Wiegman stated, including that folks loved the Tenderfoot Hill Climb which used the same format to what the Banana Belt will use. 

To additionally assist maintain the Banana Belt race socially distanced, there gained’t be an awards ceremony afterwards. 

Individuals can register for the race at bikereg.com/banana-belt-mountain-bike-race till midnight on Sept. 18. There gained’t be any race day registrations this 12 months. Opponents who register by Friday may even get a free shirt. 

Wiegman stated they hope to return to the Bear Creek route once more subsequent 12 months. Individuals excited about volunteering are additionally inspired to contact Wiegman at SalidaRaces@CityOf Salida.com.

The Monarch Crest Crank may even be again Sept. 20 with some further precautions in place for individuals who need to journey the Worldwide Mountain Bike Affiliation’s epic route. 

The shuttles will likely be at 50 % capability and staggered in 15-minute increments to unfold folks out this 12 months. Bicyclists additionally must put on masks whereas on the shuttle, however can take them off for the journey.  

“It’s an outside occasion so folks can unfold out,” stated the occasion’s coordinator, Becki Rupp. “When you’re on the market, it’s just about like daily on the Crest.”

The crank, which is a profit for The Alliance, is proscribed to 100 contributors. 

Individuals can register on-line at monarchcrestcrank.com/. There gained’t be day-of registrations for the crank both. 

“We nonetheless have spots,” Rupp stated. “They’re going quick although.”

The crank additionally eradicated the after-ride celebration this 12 months. As a substitute, Rupp stated they partnered with 5 native eating places that will likely be providing free or discounted lunch choices to the contributors. 

Bike adorning and a motorbike parade may even happen on the Salida Bike Fest this 12 months. 

To encourage social distancing, nevertheless, the contributors will obtain their very own particular person field of adorning provides that they’ll then take, unfold out from others and get to work adorning. 

The free occasion is scheduled for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at Alpine Park. The parade will then start a 11:30 a.m., following a police escort downtown earlier than returning to Alpine Park.


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