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.
Stage 3 - Baked Potato
Sunday, September 6
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.
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!