Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mountain Bike Cross-Country Championships, Ride Sun Valley Bike Fest Fill Sun Valley

Posted By on Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

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Looking for a quick getaway to keep the Fourth of July excitement rolling straight through the weekend? Look no further than Sun Valley, where the Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships will fill Wood River Valley trails with some of the country's best riders from Thursday, July 5, through Sunday, July 8.

This is the second year the championship has headed to Sun Valley, and the pro event is scheduled at the tail end of the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival, meaning that even those of us who prefer our bike journeys slower and on level ground can get in on the action.

The Bike Festival kicked off June 29, but there's still plenty going on over the next few days, including a kids' race on Friday, June 6, and a consumer expo, where some of the top bike companies around are letting the public check out the latest gear and gadgets.

The pro cross-country riders will probably have their schedules a little too full to take in too much of the expo since racing will be going on throughout the day on Thursday, July 5, through Saturday, July 7, with the last of the races winding up on the morning of Sunday, July 8.

Races for men, women and juniors will be held on the trail crossing Bald Mountain, with the starting point at the River Run Lodge. Awards for each day's races will be handed out that evening in the Ketchum Town Plaza. You can check out a full schedule of races and start times online.

Of course, after all that race watching, you might need a little live music to shake things up, and that's just what the Sun Valley Shakedown will offer on Saturday, July 7, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Sun Valley Festival Meadows.

Soul rockers J.J. Grey and Mofro will be joined by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and DJ Logic for the outdoor concert, and food and drink vendors will be on hand as well. Ticket will cost you $34 and are available online or at Atkinsons' Market in Ketchum.

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