We've been lucky to get a lot of attention from a great crew of media- even been called, "The Game Changer in Gravel Grinding". Here's what people are saying...
The Rebecca's Private Idaho Queen's Stage Race Delivers Four Days of Racing, Riding, Stagecoach Watching and Good Old-Fashioned Gelande Quaffing in the Pioneer Mountains.
Idaho is the kind of place you’d go to be alone, and in the middle of a gravel race of 1,000 people, I somehow managed to do just that.
But let’s talk about the Queen’s Stage Race. Last year I was lucky enough to be part of a small crew of riders who got to test Rebecca’s new gravel race format, so I knew what to expect when I toed the line Thursday with 140 other excited race pioneers, or at least I thought I did. Rebecca Rusch being Rebecca Rusch means that she never settles for good.
Rebecca's Private Idaho wasn't conceived solely as a means of getting more women into cycling, but it has attracted an impressive number of female racers that bests just about any mixed-gender bike event around: A stunning 35 percent of the entrants were women in 2018 – a 5 percent increase over what has been a 30 percent standard every year since RPI's inception.
She then mentions that even though they are expecting more than 1,000 riders tomorrow, everyone will still experience those moments of aloneness and exploration on their bikes. Once the route leaves town and climbs into the Lost River Basin you find yourself just about as close to nowhere as you’d ever want to be. No cars, no cellphone coverage—just you and the sound of your breathing.
“Rebecca’s Private Idaho is your ticket to the wild, rugged Idaho that few people know. Ride 100 miles with mountain bike endurance champion Rebecca Rusch on grueling gravel roads, through canyons, over summits, and across high mountain basins. When you’re done, expect a healthy dose of western hospitality and the good feeling that comes from supporting charities like the Wood River Bike Coalition, Bikes Belong, and World Bicycle Relief.”
And the fifth edition of Rebecca's Private Idaho event was just that: A love note sealed by a kiss of Idaho, with Rusch's homegrown promise to provide a perfect path through your choice of 50 or 100 miles of pristine countryside — addressed to any rider who's bike and body are prepared for the adventure.
For one weekend a year, Rusch facilitates a private Idaho just for you — complete with supported feed stations, tool kit, floor pump, as well as provided first aid and communications all along the way.
Saddle up, we're off to get our own piece of Rebecca's Private Idaho.