Baked Potato | French Fry | Tater Tot

Three Distances of Gravel Greatness. 

September 4, 2022

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Sunday, the big day, the grand finale! We’ll all line up together for a greeting from the Queen before rolling out in staggered starts for each ride group: QSR Stage 3 + Baked Potato, French Fry, and Tater Tot. 

Need to find parking? Check out this handy parking map

 

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BAKED POTATO

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DISTANCE:

ELEVATION GAIN:

TERRAIN:

~103 miles

~6,271 feet

90% gravel road, 10% paved road

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The Baked Potato begins at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley, where you'll start with all of the Baked Potato riders in a neutral rollout. Flat to rolling pavement will give way to the biggest climb of the day: Trail Creek Summit. Dropping into the Big Lost River Basin, you’ll loop through Wildhorse Canyon, where washboard gravel gets your attention, before you head toward Copper Basin—a lovely valley of sagebrush and willow-rimmed creeks hemmed in by the great White Knob and Pioneer mountain ranges. Arguably the most beautiful and challenging part of the course. All of the areas you ride through today are the historical land of the Shoshone-Bannock people. With the Copper Basin loop completed, all riders except those competing in the Para-Cycling category will reverse tracks and head back via an adventurous five-mile diversion Rebecca dubbed El Diablito. A ripping 2,000-foot descent from Trail Creek Summit returns you to civilization in Sun Valley where the RPI community awaits with warm hugs and cold drinks during Rebecca's Private Idaho Festival Day at the final Festival Meadows finish arch. You must complete the entire course within the cutoff times to be scored for the Queen’s Stage Race. ​

 

NOTE FOR HAND CYCLISTS OR RECUMBENTS: All Hand cyclists and para-cyclists with recumbent bikes will not turn left to do El Diablito due to the rough, narrow trail. They will continue straight over Trail Creek to the finish and will complete the same mileage. The course split will be clearly marked with flaggers and signage.

 

 

FRENCH FRY

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DISTANCE:

ELEVATION GAIN:

TERRAIN:

56 miles

4,386 feet

90% gravel road, 10% pavement

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The Goldilocks course: not too short, not too long, but juuust right for those seeking the jaw-dropping views and remote experience of the Baked Potato, without the full commitment. With a Festival Meadows start and finish, you’ll still earn the bragging rights of the burly Trail Creek Summit climb and cover much of the same terrain (yep, washboards and headwinds, too) as your Baked Potato brothers and sisters, but watch for a course split and signage around mile 37 and be sure NOT to turn with those Baked Potato riders! 

 

TATER TOT

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DISTANCE:

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TERRAIN:

18.76 miles

1,473 feet

50% gravel road, 50% pavement

Not quite ready to bite off the full Baked Potato? Satisfy your appetite with a side of Tater Tots instead! Coming in at just under 20 miles, the Tater Tot features the same professional experience as the Baked Potato and French Fry routes in a snack-sized format. Tater Tot riders will enjoy a 50/50 mix of terrain, sandwiching the nice, swoopy gravel and gentle climbs of the classic Corral Creek Road between a smooth pavement start and finish, the perfect introduction to gravel riding!

 
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Giddy Up!

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