Rules & Ethics
Rules and Ethics
All riders are required to stop by RPI headquarters for Packet Pickup at the Limelight Hotel between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturday, September 5th. Packets include all the important stuff you’ll need in order to participate: your race bib with timing chip, number plate, rider shirt, maps, meal vouchers and more. Catch one of the Mandatory Rider Meetings at 12 pm and 4 pm where Rebecca will cover pertinent information for all riders and answer last-minute questions.
Race rules are as follows:
Helmets are mandatory. Period.
No personal vehicles or follow cars allowed on course.
Aid is allowed by fellow riders or RPI event staff only.
No e-bikes or pedal assist.
No littering - this includes water bottles and other non-organic material.
Use the toilets provided. This is a requirement of our permit.
Above all, Be Good and be a Gravel SHARK
S - Safe. Abide by the rules of the road. Share the road. Keep your speed in check. Your safety is YOUR responsibility and MY priority.
H - Honest. Handle grievances directly and respectfully with the riders and event organizers involved. Do not assume malice and be generous with the benefit of the doubt.
A - Accountable. Offer assistance if you come across another rider with a medical emergency.
R - Responsible. Headphones are discouraged. If you must, keep the left earpiece out. Be prepared - the course is remote. Carry ample food, water, and maintenance supplies.
K - Kind. Respect all riders, race staff, volunteers, and public. Ride as friends, race as individuals... unless you are registered as a duo.
7am-7:40am: Line Up at start line in Festival Meadows
7:40am: Rider Briefing
8am: Baked Potato/QSR Stage 3 Rollout
This iconic course showcases Idaho's awesome mountain vistas and remote landscape. We start and finish at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley with a neutral rollout. Trail Creek road is our gateway into the mountains. You’ll follow rolling hilly pavement for less than 10 miles, then the trail really kicks up, the pavement turns to gravel and you are truly earning your entry into Private Idaho.
From the starting elevation, you’ll climb about 2,000 ft to the top of Trail Creek Summit and rest stop #1. This is the biggest climb of the day. From Trail Creek, you hit the fast, smooth gravel that drops you into the aptly named Big Lost River basin.
To your right are the distinctive Pioneer Mountains, Idaho’s 2nd highest mountain range topping out over 12,000 ft. As you turn toward Wildhorse Canyon, the gravel is often full of washboards that keep you on your toes. At Wildhorse rest stop, riders head into Wildhorse Canyon to Fall creek before turning back towards Wildhorse rest stop. BE AWARE this section will have TWO WAY RIDER TRAFFIC.
At the rest stop the course splits and the Baked Potato riders head right toward the Copper Basin, a stunningly beautiful valley filled with sagebrush and willow-rimmed creeks, all hemmed in by the great White Knob and Pioneer mountain ranges. This is the most beautiful and most challenging part of the course. The gravel is chunky and where it looks deceptively flat, it is not. You'll take the 25-mile journey around Copper Basin Loop road and hit the Copper Basin Rest Stop at the start and finish of the loop.
Note: CUT OFF TIME to reach Copper Basin Rest Stop is 11:30 AM. You must be through the rest stop by that time to continue onto the loop. Riders who do not make the cut off will turn around at the rest stop.
At mile 81 Baked Potato riders will take a short 5 mile diversion off Trail Creek Road on a section that Rebecca calls El Diablito, for the devilish technical aspect, but also the breathtaking views of Devil's Bedsted. Take care in this section to protect your tires and yourself.
Back on Trail Creek Road, the trip home may include headwinds and more washboards, but when you top out at Trail Creek Summit again, you’re almost done. Just a 2,000 foot descent before hitting the pavement once more and returning to civilization in Sun Valley. Your long journey into the remote landscape of Idaho will be celebrated during the Off-The-Wagon Days Celebration at Festival Meadows. We’ll be waiting for you there!
7am-7:40am: Line Up at start line in Festival Meadows
7:40am: Rider Briefing
8:10am: French Fry Rollout
This is the 2nd longest route of the day and offers all of the jawdropping views and remote landscape of the Baked Potato, just in a smaller package. We start and finish at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley with a neutral rollout. Trail Creek road is our gateway into the mountains. You’ll follow rolling hilly pavement for less than 10 miles, then the trail kicks up, pavement turns to gravel and you are truly earning your entry into Private Idaho.
From the starting elevation, you’ll climb about 2,000 ft up to the top of Trail Creek Summit and rest stop #1. This is the biggest climb of the day and you get it out of the way early.
From Trail Creek, you hit the fast, smooth gravel that drops you into the aptly named Big Lost River basin. To your right are the distinctive Pioneer Mountains, Idaho’s 2nd highest mountain range topping out over 12,000 ft. As you turn towards Wildhorse Canyon, the gravel is often full of washboards that keep you on your toes.
When you reach the Wildhorse Rest Stop, you're not done yet! You'll continue on course with the Pioneer Mountains looking down on you, one of the most stunning views of your ride. Be sure to look up and soak in the beauty of this place. As you head further out Wildhorse Canyon to Fall Creek and the turnaround, BE AWARE THERE WILL BE TWO WAY RIDER TRAFFIC on Wildhorse Road. From there, retrace your route back to Sun Valley via Wildhorse and Trail Creek.
CAUTION: there is a course split at mile 37 for French Fry and Baked Potato courses. Pay attention to signs! Once back on Trail Creek Road, the road gets smooth again, but the return trip may include headwinds and more washboards. When you top out at Trail Creek Summit again, you’re almost done. Just a 2,000 foot descent before hitting the pavement once more and returning to civilization in Sun Valley. Your long journey into the remote landscape of Idaho will be celebrated during the Off-The-Wagon Days Celebration at Festival Meadows. We’ll be waiting for you there!
7:20am-7:40am: Line Up at start line in Festival Meadows
7:40am: Rider Briefing
8:15am: Tater Tot Rollout
The 18.76-mile Tater Tot features the same professional experience as the Baked Potato and French Fry routes in a more bite-sized format. Tater Tot riders will enjoy a mix of 1/2 gravel and 1/2 pavement as the perfect intro to gravel or family ride. The course starts at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley and will roll out Trail Creek Road for about 5 miles. Here, Tater Tot riders will take a right turn on Corral Creek Road. Be alert for this course split or you’ll be headed up and over Trail Creek Summit and a much longer ride than you planned!
Corral Creek is an amazing gravel road climbing gently through the aspen trees with impressive views of the Pioneer Mountains in front of you. At the end of the road, you’ll loop around at the Pioneer Cabin trailhead for a fun descent back to Trail Creek Road. At this point, you are not headed back to Sun Valley yet…take a right on Trail Creek and go another mile up the road to Antelope Creek gravel road where you’ll loop back towards Sun Valley and enjoy the views of Mt. Baldy before your finish.
Timing finish is located under the Red Bull arch near the Sun Valley Gun Club. Please go through the timing mat so we know you made it back safely. After the Red Bull arch, continue untimed to Festival Meadows where you started. You will be celebrated during the Off-The-Wagon Days Celebration at Festival Meadows. We’ll be waiting for you there!
You are in the mountains here! Elevation for the course ranges from 5,800 ft. to 8,000 ft. Be prepared to combat the effects of altitude with good hydration and a dose of healthy respect. Also, weather up here can change quickly. Expect temperatures ranging from 25 degrees F in the mornings to low 70's in the peak of the afternoon. Layer appropriately for these temps and have a pocket to carry your extra things.
Your race number has a timing chip on the back for safety reasons, so we can keep track of all of you on course. Please use the number and don’t deface the chip.
If needed, race day parking is available in Sun Valley's event parking lot. Note that this parking lot can only be entered from Saddle Road on race day.
Public parking is also available in downtown Ketchum and is a short walk/ride from the start line.
Start line is located at Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road.
Rest stops are provided approximately every 20 miles.
Rest Stop #1: Trail Creek Summit. 12.2 and 80.9 miles
Rest Stop #2: Wild Horse Creek. 24.6 and 64.8 miles
Rest Stop #3: Copper Basin Loop Road. 35.5 and 57.7 miles
Rest stops are stocked with our famous Idaho organic roasted rosemary and sea salt potatoes, GU Brew, GU Roctane, GU Gels and Chews, Picky Bars, Red Bull, water, and tons of sweet and salty snacks.
There will also be first aid, bike tools, a mechanic, and race communications at each rest stop.
Spud Blaster Challenge at Wild Horse Creek Rest Stop: ENVE is giving you a chance to win a wheelset, and it has nothing to do with how fast you ride a bike. The ENVE Spud Blaster will be loaded and ready to blast a potato into orbit and right through an ENVE rim target. The Spud Blaster Challenge will provide a nice break to the pedaling and allow those with a different kind of skill set the potential for success out on the course. Show off your skills and sink a spud for your chance to win a wheelset and other prizes.
The official timing finish is under the Red Bull arch approximately 3 miles before town limits. Your official ride timing stops here, so slow down and enjoy a mellow and safe cool down for the remaining miles until you cross under the second finish arch at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley.
Once you cross under the second finish arch, grab a GU Recovery drink mixed just for you and drop your bike at secure bike valet. Staff will wash it for you and we'll keep track of it while you enjoy the festivities. You can clean up in the changing tents and get ready to refuel, relax and celebrate!
Results and Awards: 4pm
We will have results and awards at the Off-the-Wagon Days Celebration in Sun Valley Festival Meadows. Digital results will be made available by the timing company. The official Awards Ceremony will take place at 4pm.
We will have awards for the top three male and female riders in the following categories:
Queen's Stage Race (Overall Winners)
Awards will also be presented for the top finisher in the following categories:
Queen of the Mountain
King of the Mountain
Junior Baked Potato (Top Male & Top Female)
Junior French Fry (Top Male & Top Female)
Duo Baked Potato (Top Team)
Duo French Fry (Top Team)
Mashed Potato (Final Official Finisher)
The Be Good Silent Auction winners will also be announced at this time.
125 custom, signature RPI bolo ties will be awarded to the top 38 female and top 87 male riders who complete the Baked Potato course. Bolos will be awarded right at the timing finish under the Red Bull arch, so don't blow through the finish and miss your bolo presentation!