Incredibly, few seem to know about our little piece of paradise. Idaho is the state you fly over on your way to somewhere else. We’re most famous for potatoes and as that place where Hemingway spent his last days.
This year, I want to change that, so I’ve put together a little something I call Rebecca’s Private Idaho. It’s a bike event that borrows from the gran fondo trend, but with Idaho style. It’s a long-haul gravel grinder meant to showcase the beautiful scenery and quad-cracking climbs of my chosen home turf. I’m putting this event together to brag a little, to show how good we have it here, and to demonstrate a little western hospitality.
And the gates, they’ve been flung open wide.
I want Rebecca’s Private Idaho to have crowds as big as the land this event will traverse. I had originally intended for this to be a small ride with a few friends to get it ready for prime time, but I’ve never really gone small on the bike; why should hosting my first cycling event be any different. I’m hoping to have people from far and wide help me pioneer this event in 2013 and prove themselves worthy of the mountains in my backyard. We made some spots available via our charities during April, raising nearly $3000, and now we’re open to the adoring public.
As mentioned above, Rebecca’s Private Idaho is going to benefit three great organizations that mean a lot to me: The Wood River Bike Coalition, our local voice for trail-building and bike policy; PeopleForBikes.org, the nation’s top-shelf all-around bike advocacy group; and World Bicycle Relief, an organization bringing practical bikes to villages in Africa in order to provide independence and improve quality of life.
So, if you’re up to the challenge and want to help us create something new for the world of long-haul bicycling, I hope you’ll join us soon. I truly can’t wait for the world to experience our little Idaho secret.