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!
Stage 1 - Trail Adventure
Thursday, September 3
8:30am - 1:30pm
6am - 8am
Advanced planning is required to get your bike, yourself, and your gear to Galena Lodge, where NO EVENT PARKING is available. Please consider carefully, do any necessary recon, and organize yourself in advance to avoid last-minute snafus. Ask at check-in Wednesday evening if you need help getting sorted!
Here are your options:
Option 1: Have a friend drop you and your bike/gear at Galena Lodge. Sorry, your driver won’t be able to hang out, they’ll need to turn their taxi around--remember:
No event parking at Galena Lodge).
Option 2: Drive 20 miles north of Ketchum on Highway 75 and park at Prairie Creek paved parking area on the west side of the highway. Ride your bike 5 miles to Galena Lodge for the 8:30 AM start. Great way to warm up! Limited parking spaces available.
Option 3: Drive 25 miles north on Highway 75 to Galena Lodge. Drop your bike and gear, then head back down Hwy 75 (~10 miles) and leave your car at Baker Creek parking area. RPI shuttles will take you back to Galena Lodge for the race start. Shuttles will depart Baker Creek Parking starting at 6:45am. This option helps us lighten the load of bikes on our shuttles...thank you!
Option 4: Take the RPI bus from the Limelight Hotel at 6:00 AM, load your bike on our RPI trucks and we'll take you and your bike to Galena Lodge for the start. You’ll be there a little early, but you won't have to worry about transportation and the lodge will be open with coffee and pastries. Please be on time, the bus won't wait! Space is limited. SIGN UP for this option Wednesday at packet pick up.
Option 5: Drive 17 miles north on highway 75 and park at Baker Creek parking area. Shuttles will take you and your bike to Galena Lodge for the start. Shuttles will depart Baker Creek starting at 6:45am.
Option 6: Sign up on our carpool list if you don't have a car and need a ride OR if you have a car that can fit more people and bikes. Carpool participants have to abide by one of the above options. Sign up list will be at rider check-in during Wednesday evening’s packet pickup.
Pre-ride nutrition and post-ride recovery will be provided by GU. There will be pre-ride energy provided by Red Bull, and Galena Lodge will be open with coffee and pastries at 7am.
Reba's Notes: My favorite stage, but also the most challenging! Beware of unexpected obstacles. Great mix of single track and rough gravel road - plenty of hills. The course has many intersections, dirt road crosings and places where you can take a wrong turn. Be attentive to your GPS and course markings. There will be flat tires, there will be crashes. There will also be whoops and hollers. I'm sure of it!
DANGERS: Highway 75 crossing, horses and other trail users, unexpected obstacles, tons of intersections & getting lost. Please be alert for these main considerations and share the trail.
8:30am - Stage 1 begins from Galena Lodge.
11:00am - Cutoff time at Highway 75 crossing/end of single track.
11:30am - 1:30pm - Lunch at Galena Lodge, free for all riders. Stage 1 awards.
Shuttles back to Prairie Creek & Baker Creek will be ongoing starting at 12:30.
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!