Competition would start the morning of Saturday June 29th on Bald Mountain with the Super Enduro Stage 1 event on the Broadway and Warm Springs Perimeter trails to the bottom of Warm Springs. Super Enduro Stage 2 would occur Saturday afternoon using the upper portion of the Bald Mountain Trail, the River Run-Warm Springs Traverse, and the lower portion of the Warm Springs Perimeter Trail to the bottom of Warm Springs. Super Enduro Stages 3 & 4 would occur Sunday June 30th utilizing the upper portion of the Bald Mountain Trail, River Run-Warm Springs Traverse, and Lower River Run Trail to the River Run base area. Super Enduro stages would be limited to 250 riders.
The USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships and Ride Sun Valley Cross Country Race would be held Saturday July 6th beginning in downtown Ketchum then using the Adams Gulch, Heidleberg Hill, Shadyside, Eve’s Gulch, and West Fork Warm Springs trails to Warm Springs Road. From Warm Spring Road riders will head east back to Bald Mountain’s Warm Spring base area via Gates Road. Riders will then ascend Warm Springs Perimeter Trail to the River Run-Warm Springs Traverse, and circle Bald Mountain using the Lower River Run Trail, the Blaine County Recreation District’s Wood River Trail, Cold Springs Perimeter Trail, and upper Warm Springs Perimeter Trail back to the River Run-Warm Springs Traverse and River Run base area. The Marathon National Championships would require 2 laps around Bald Mountain and be limited to 500 riders, while the Ride Sun Valley Cross Country Race would make one lap and be limited to 250 riders.
Up to 2,000 spectators are expected to watch the event. Temporary trail closures on scheduled race days will be needed to safely allow for competitor’s practice and racing. All races, except Super Enduro stage 1 & 2 on Saturday June 29th, will run through Sun Valley Company’s River Run Plaza, which will be the scene of race registration, the finish line, award ceremonies, and most public services. No new trails will be constructed on Forest Service or BLM lands for the event. Event organizer Breakaway Promotions will coordinate trail maintenance before and after racing is finished.
According to Joe Miczulski (MI∙CHUL∙SKI), Recreation Forester for the Ketchum Ranger District, “We are interested to learn if there are any issues of public concern that we need to address in our analysis for 2013 Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships and Ride Sun Valley Fat Tire Festival. These would be concerns limited to National Forest and BLM lands on Bald Mountain and National Forest lands in the Adams Gulch area.”
The event’s proposed operating plan, including specific event schedules and maps of the race courses, is available at the Ketchum Ranger Station, 206 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, ID. A 30-day comment period for the proposal begins today. Comments should be sent to: Ketchum Ranger District, PO Box 2356, Ketchum, ID 83340 Attn: Joe Miczulski. Comments may also be e-mailed to email@example.com