Rider Guide

People, Purpose, Place

The best thing about Rebecca’s Private Idaho is gathering to connect with each other, celebrating the outdoor spaces that feed our souls, and riding with purpose. The vibrational energy that we’ll create together September 1-4 will leave you humming and will be felt around the world. Be prepared to be moved by Idaho’s stunning scenery, small town hospitality, and the challenge of our raw and varied terrain. 

As a professional cyclist, I’ve raced all over the globe in some of the most sublime, challenging, and striking places on Earth. Even with the world as my office, there’s no place I’d rather be than my own backyard. Idaho is somehow more famous for potatoes than endless miles of singletrack, distant dirt roads into ancient glacial basins, and high country that defines the western landscape. I’m really looking forward to showing you around.

We feel privileged to contribute to positive change by doing something we love. This event benefits five great organizations through the Be Good™ Foundation: ​

Connect with us by following @rebeccasprivateidaho on Instagram and Facebook.

Share your training and excitement with us by using #gravelforgood in your posts.

*Rebecca's Private Idaho gratefully takes place on National Forest Land, including the Lost River Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and Ketchum Ranger Districts of the Sawtooth National Forest, all of which are historic native land of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe.

COVID Policy

We're not out of the woods. COVID, unfortunately rages on, and while rules around gatherings and masking have relaxed it's still something that we take very seriously. The health and wellbeing of our community is second to none. That's why we still have a COVID policy at Rebecca's Private Idaho. Our regulations are influenced by local health guidelines with a dose of common sense sprinkled on top. Please read this policy to understand and adhere to our efforts to mitigate the spread of this crappy virus.

Please refer to Sun Valley's COVID-19 Resources and Updates page.

COVID Policy: Pre-Event

Packet Pick Up on Wednesday at Limelight Hotel (stage race) and Saturday at Atkinson Park (everyone else): These are indoor gatherings, if masks are required by Limelight Hotel at the time of pick up (Wednesday), participants will be expected to follow protocol.  Our staff will wear masks indoors.

Welcome Expo at Atkinson Park (Saturday): This takes place in an outdoor area; masks are not required. Note that, as mentioned above, packet pickup that day is INDOORS and encourage you to wear a face covering.

Bus Transport before QSR stage 1: Staff will be wearing masks and we strongly encourage participants to do the same.

COVID Policy: Race Day

Start Line: Participants are encouraged to wear a face covering while standing in the chute for any of the stages of the event. We do have 15 minute staggered starts for each ride distance on Sunday and want to encourage each participant to take precautions that make them feel comfortable during the wait time. 

Aid Stations: Will be equipped with water and basic nutrition, you will fill your own water bottles, and our crew will adhere to sanitation best practices.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that we do not offer refunds or deferrals for any reason. You may transfer your entry to another participant until August 15th. Please see our full list of registration policies here.

We are excited to see you in Sun Valley! As information is changing often, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this together. We know this will be a fantastic event with all of you, and we’re looking forward to a safe, memorable weekend of riding.

QSR Stage 1 Bus Policy

All "stage race" participants will be required to take the transport shuttle to Galena Lodge for the start. Drop-offs or parking at Galena Lodge and surrounding area will not be permitted. This will be enforced. In order to start stage 1, you will be required to receive a start approval stamp from the shuttle, having taken it from either Ketchum or Baker Creek Parking area to Galena Lodge.

There are two reasons for this: First, Safety! The shoulder on Highway 75 as you approach Galena Lodge is approximately 4 inches wide. This does not allow for cyclists to ride in a manner that does not impede vehicle traffic which on the busy holiday weekend includes a high volume of trucks and trailers. On a normal weekday, Highway 75 can be a quiet, and beautiful road ride for a solo cyclist. On Labor Day weekend, this is not so. 

Second, Galena Lodge must be allowed to conduct their normal operations, and while their location is perfect for our first stage, their capacity for vehicles, and vehicle traffic is not.

Reserve your spot on the shuttle now!

Drop-Offs are not allowed!

As tempting as it might be to have your friend shuttle you to the start, this creates additional traffic congestion in the few areas that we need to use for staff and event production. If you do not take the shuttle that we have provided, you will not receive a start approval stamp, and will effectively be disqualified.

Riding on the highway will also disqualify you.

This includes warming up before the race or riding to or from Stage 1 back to Baker Creek. Even after your stage has finished you must return by shuttle. If you are caught riding on the road after your stage, your results will be invalidated.

This requirement is a condition of our permit to host Stage 1 at Galena Lodge, and while it’s not the most convenient solution for each participant’s desires, it is a solution that meets the requirements for the event to proceed in the manner we intend.

Air Quality Policy

As you probably know, wildfires have become commonplace across the West. This has meant that the air in Sun Valley can sometimes get smoky.

Due to air quality concerns, we will closely monitor fires and wind conditions in our area. We won’t know if air quality is either safe or potentially hazardous in our area until just before each day’s events.​

Know that the safety of our participants, staff, partners and volunteers is our number one priority.

Here are some resources so you can keep an eye on this evolving situation:

We’re using this air quality guide as our standard, which details the risks of pollution levels for both healthy and sensitive individuals.

An AQI sustained at 150 or over 175 on any given morning would make physical activity unsafe for our participants. In that case, the riding events for the day would be canceled, and unfortunately, we will not be able to refund entry fees. Other non-riding events, such as our Welcome Expo, our RPI Festival and our Be Good™ Foundation party, will proceed as planned.

Be a Gravel SHARK

The ethos of the SHARK rules carry forward with RPI, and will always in perpetuity. So, get familiar with them. These "rules" were inspired by my young friend Anna, who imparted her 8-year-old wisdom to our previously over-thought approach to setting rules around our event. SHARK is an acronym. This is what it means, and what we will abide by:

S: Safe. We race on open roads and sometimes in big groups. #1…be safe and live to ride another day. This includes staying in your lane, obeying rules of the road, having your ears and eyes open, and maybe even slowing down if a cow happens to wander across the race course. It happens.

H: Honest. If you have to ask yourself, “Is this ok?”, then you already know the answer. Course cutting, taking unapproved aid on course, doping, or any other form of cheating isn’t part of RPI.

A: Accountable. Your actions are a reflection of you and your community of cyclists. Own your behavior and conduct yourself as an honored guest, because you are. We all are.

R: Responsible. Take responsibility for yourself…bring a tool, tube, water, food, and a map. Courses are remote and rugged. Be responsible in your treatment of the land and the people.

K: Kind. We are all part of the same bike riding family. Let’s treat each other, the volunteers, the staff, the residents, everyone, the same way we want to be treated. Watch out for each other and support each other, and respect all experiences; acknowledging that we aren’t all the same.

Be Good™ Foundation

The Be Good™ Foundation enriches communities by using the bicycle as a catalyst for healing, empowerment, and evolution. 

Healing, empowerment, evolution. These are core elements in the Be Good™ Foundation mission statement. I chose these words when I launched the Foundation because they represent some of the most impactful gifts that the bicycle has given me. I knew that these elements could be brought to communities worldwide with focused intention and many hours of sweat equity, on and off the bike.

As we celebrate 10 years of Rebecca’s Private Idaho, riders will once again be riding #gravelforgood, pedaling with a purpose. Proceeds from various aspects of RPI Remote and RPI Sun Valley will go directly to the Be Good™️ Foundation(BGF) to support bike-centric programs at a local, national and global level. By utilizing the bicycle as a catalyst for healing, empowerment, and evolution, BGF is able to enrich communities around the world.

Various organizations, including World Bicycle Relief, Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League and the Mines Advisory Group have all been beneficiaries of BGF's grantmaking in years' past. Collectively, the groups BGF supports, including our very own Be Good Scholarship, are making a significant positive impact in communities around the globe and we appreciate you helping us reach our goal of raising $100,000 for BGF to continue providing this kind of support! A portion of your entry fee, all of our beverage and Be Good party ticket sales, and fundraising auction income will be donated to more groups like these through the Be Good™️ Foundation. Want to take it further? You can donate directly to the foundation, set up your own personal fundraiser for RPI, or purchase Be Good™️ merch. Thanks for joining us in supporting the efforts of these awesome organizations.

Interested in being involved? Start your own fundraising page here. Or take part in the online auction here.

Getting Here

For those new to the area, “Sun Valley'' is our shorthand for the collective towns of the Wood River Valley. It's also the name of the first destination ski resort ever built in the United States, and Ernest Hemingway’s home for many years. The towns you’ll spend most time in are Ketchum and Sun Valley (where RPI begins and ends) .The Big Wood River runs through both. The area is also the ancestral home of the Shoshone-Bannock people.​ The town of Hailey, where the airport sits, is 11 miles to the south.

Flying In 

The entire Sun Valley area is serviced by both air and ground transport. Hailey's airport (SUN) has flights from Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles via SkyWest and Alaska Airlines. Should you need more flights from which to choose, Boise International (BOI) is a 2.5-hour drive to Ketchum with shuttle or rental car options. SunValley.com and VisitSunValley.com have trip planning pages to help you fill in the blanks and suss out your options.

Shipping Your Bike

Don't want to fly with your bike? Want the experts to take care of it? We've partnered with BikeFlights, Sturtevants, and Idaho Cycles to make it all easy for you! If you’re staying in Hailey, Sturtevants and Trailhead Bicycles are two great options.

Let some of our favorite local shops, Sturtevants, Idaho Cycles, or Trailhead Bicycles receive and build your bike so it's ride-ready for you when you roll into town. After the event, drop your trusty steed off with them and they'll break it down, re-box, and ship it back to you. ***Please ship your bike only and not your gear!!!***  The shops will not be responsible for extra gear that is shipped with the bike. DO NOT ship helmets, shoes, tools, etc.

To set up bike shipping and building, follow these simple steps: ​

  • Call the bike shop you are using to schedule your bike build. ***Do this before you ship your bike to assure they have room for your build.***
  • Set up and pay shipping costs through BikeFlights.com, including return tag. 
  • The bike shop will need to receive your bike a minimum of 1 week prior to the first day that you will be riding .
  • Call or email the bike shop you are using with the date your bike will be delivered along with all your contact information.
  • Schedule when you will return your bike with the shop. Make sure you have your shipping labels printed for them.

BikeFlights.com helps travel-savvy cyclists get their bikes conveniently, reliably, and affordably to and from events. Their customized door-to-door bicycle shipping service takes the hassle out of traveling with your bike. Breeze through airport check-in and baggage claim, and your bike will be awaiting you upon arrival at your final destination.

Bike Demo

Want to ride like Rebecca at RPI? Reserve a free Liv Devote or Giant Revolt and ride in comfort and style at RPI Sun Valley! The bikes are available on a first-claimed-first-served basis. Don't wait, reserve your bike here!

Pick up your pre-reserved bike between 2:00 and 6:00 pm on Wednesday, August 31st at Atkinson Park (by the tennis courts off of 3rd Avenue).

Local Bike Shops

Looking for a bike to ride for the event? Want to hit some of the sweet local trails? Don't want to fly with your bike? Forgot that one ride essential back home? Our local bike shops are here to help you out!


(208) 726-4512
Corner of Main St and 4th

Backwoods Mountain Sports

(208) 726-8818
Corner of Main St and Warm Springs Rd

Idaho Cycles

(208) 721-1089
100 Northwood Way

Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports

(208) 622-6124
River Run Plaza – steps from the lifts

The Elephant’s Perch

(208) 726-3497
Corner of East Ave and Sun Valley Rd

The Trailhead Bicycles

(208) 788-0883
111 North 1st Avenue

Where to Stay

In this part of the world there's a juxtaposition of luxurious upscale lodging, rough, back-country camping, and everything in between. Here are some ideas to look at when figuring out how and where you want to rest your head at night...


As for the mint-on-the-pillow side of things, we reached out to our local hostelries to see if they wouldn’t sweeten the pot for our honored RPI guests. We’ve got some discounts listed below. Don’t wait too long, though. Ketchum is still a small town, and we’ve got a limited amount of beds, especially with the Wagon Days Parade happening the same weekend. This is not some yokel event; it’s the biggest non-motorized parade in the country, and people come from all over just to take it in. On top of that, there’s a clean 1,100 miles of singletrack in the area, some of it in spitting distance of downtown. 

  • Limelight Hotel is our hub and host hotel for our QSR packet pick-up, shuttle pickup/dropoff, as well as some of our rides. They are offering up to a 25% discount for RPI participants. Book early and get an even better rate! You can call Limelight Hotels Reservations Department at (888) 218-3282 and mention participation in Rebecca’s Private Idaho.  

           They are offering a 10% discount on their amazing condos. Use the code RPI2022 when booking. 

           Additionally, when you stay in one of their spots, they will donate 10% back to the Be Good™ Foundation!


Camping is fairly abundant in the Sawtooth National Forest outside of town with designated campgrounds and dispersed camping. Please don’t try any tent-pitching within city limits, or you may find yourself booked in a different, less comfortable type of accommodation.

All national forest campgrounds should be open during the event weekend. Check www.recreation.gov for availability.

RPI Sun Valley Schedule

Here is our event schedule, day-by-day, blow-by-blow. Please get familiar with it, and make sure you have a link to it with you at all times.

Wednesday, August 31

  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Liv/Giant Demo Bike Pickup (reservation needed) - Atkinson Park
  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Queen's Stage Race (QSR) Packet Pickup (mandatory) - Limelight Hotel 
  • 4:30 PM - Mandatory, VIRTUAL Rider Welcome Meeting for all QSR participants join via IG Live  

Thursday, September 1

Queen's Stage Race (QSR), Stage 1, Adventure Stage - YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR SHUTTLE AHEAD OF TIME

  • 6:00 AM - Shuttles depart for Queen's Stage Race - Limelight Hotel back deck / Washington Ave.
  • There will be two pick-up and drop-off locations for your convenience:
  1. Washington Ave, between Limelight Hotel and Forest Service Park
  2. Baker Creek parking lot (approximately 20 minutes north of Ketchum on Hwy 75 N)
  • The shuttle from Limelight hotel will depart for Galena Lodge at 6:00 AM SHARP.
  • The shuttle from Baker Creek will depart for Galena Lodge at 6:20 AM and 7:30 AM.


  • 7:00 AM - Galena Lodge opens: coffee and pastries for sale (Apple Pay accepted)
  • 8:30 AM - QSR Stage 1 begins - Galena Lodge
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Buffet lunch is included at Galena Lodge; relax and rest, then hop on a shuttle back to town or Baker Creek.

Friday, September 2

Queen’s Stage Race, Stage 2, Dollarhide Summit Time Trial

  • 8:30 AM - QSR Stage 2 begins, departing from Limelight Hotel with an approximately 20-mile neutral rollout.
  • The top ten athletes in each category will start in reverse order of placement from Stage 1 at 30-second intervals. Everyone else can line up and start when they wish at 15-second intervals. 
  • There is a 4.5-mile uphill individual time trial, with timing finish at the summit, followed by a neutral ride down the hill and back to town. Riders must complete the neutral sections on the bike; no rides to or from the hill climb are permitted.
  • Total mileage is 50 miles, but only 4.5 of those miles are timed.

Be Good™ Foundation Party

Saturday, September 3

Welcome Party & Expo

  • 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Be Good ride presented by Chamois Butt'r, departing from Ernest Hemingway STEAM School Parking Lot (adjacent to Atkinson Park); meet at 7:30 AM, ride begins at 8:00 AM.
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - RPI Welcome Party & Expo, Packet Pick-up - Atkinson Park
  • 12:00 PM - Rider Meeting #1- Atkinson Park
  • 1:00 PM  - Wagon Days Parade downtown Ketchum (parade details here)
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Be Good™ Happy Hour presented by Sierra Nevada. Purchase your drink ticket at the Be Good™ tent! $5 beer, all proceeds from the beer sales going to the Be Good™ Foundation.
  • 4:00 PM - QSR Stage 1 and Stage 2 Podiums, followed by Rider Meeting #2 - Atkinson Park

Please note that there is no parking directly around Atkinson Park; we strongly encourage you to ride your bike over if you can. There will be a bike parking on site.

Sunday, September 4

Baked Potato, French Fry, Tater Tot 

All festivities are located in Festival Meadows in Sun Valley.

*There is no Packet Pickup on Sunday, you must pick up on Saturday (see above)*

PARKING MAP for Sunday (No parking at Festival Meadows and DO NOT park at the Church)

  • 6:45 AM -7:40 AM - Bag drop open
  • Sunday will have a morning bag drop station for you to leave all your post ride gear. Your bag must have your rider number on the bag before dropping it off. You can have your change of clothes, recover drinks, car keys, and any other items you will need to relax and enjoy the after the race party without having to go back to your car or condo. After your race, drop your bike at the valet, grab your bag, hit up a changing tent and enjoy everything you just accomplished with a cold drink on us!
  • 7:40 AM - Rider briefing 
  • Headphones are highly discouraged, but if you must, please leave the left earpiece out so you can hear vehicles and other riders. This is for your safety and ours.
  • 8:00 AM - QSR/Baked Potato rollout 
  • 8:15 AM - French Fry rollout 
  • 8:30 AM - Tater Tot rollout 
  • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM - Rebecca's Private Idaho Festival Day & Expo at Festival Meadows! We cap off the event with a big party, complete with live music, food, awards, vendors, and games. We’re here to celebrate you and a job well done!
  • Don't forget to get your post-ride photo taken at the official photo booth, located at the KAV booth.
  • 4:00 PM - ​Awards ceremony


Parking is available in our event parking lot in Sun Valley, as well as in downtown Ketchum. Both are a short walk/ride from the start line. We highly recommend riding to the Festival Meadows event start line and not trying to drive. 

To access the parking lot on Dollar Road in Sun Valley, you must enter from Saddle Road. You can not enter from Sun Valley Road prior to the race start. Take a look at the parking maps to see where you can park on event day. If parking in the gravel lot as indicated on the map, all cars must be gone by 4:00 pm.

Sunday Course Cut-Off Times

  • Baked Potato/QSR: You must be through the Copper Basin rest stop #3 (approximately mile 43) by 11:45 AM to continue onto the Copper Basin loop. This is approximately a 14mph pace.
  • French Fry: There is no specific cutoff time, but you must finish before the last Baked Potato rider (approximately 5:30 PM)
  • Tater Tot: No cutoff time
  • Athletes not making the cut-off time will be turned around to finish their ride. 


Rebecca's Private Idaho offers up a wide range of awards across different distance and gender categories throughout the weekend. Here is how they are structured:

No changes may be made to your race category after Saturday.

RPI Sun Valley awards will be given for each category for:

Queen's Stage Race

  • Top three Female/Male
  • Top three Female/Male Upright Para-Cyclist
  • Top three Non-Binary

Baked Potato, French Fry​, and Tater Tot

  • Top three Female/Male
  • Top three Female/Male Upright Para-Cyclist
  • Top three Female/Male Hand powered (recumbent) Para-Cyclist
  • Top three Non-Binary
  • 1st place Junior Female/Male/Non-Binary

First Place Duo Baked Potato & Duo French Fry

First Place Tandem Baked Potato & Tandem French Fry

Twice Baked

  • The Baked Potato rider who is on the course the longest but finishes within cutoff time. 

Top Be Good™ Foundation fundraiser

*No changes to category after Saturday

The Queen's Stage Race

Instructions, Scoring, and Course Files

Thank you for participating in the 2022 Queen’s Stage Race. I can’t wait to show you around more of my home training ground! You’re going to love it.

The stage race consists of 3 required stages over 4 days of riding, with the final day culminating in the Baked Potato course of Rebecca’s Private Idaho. To be scored for the overall rankings in the Queen’s Stage Race, you will need to ride Days 1, 2, and 4. 


  • 4:30 PM Mandatory, virtual Rider Welcome Meeting for all QSR participants join via IG Live

Some essential considerations:  All of the stages are open roads and trails and we do not have right of way. Cars, cows, pedestrians, baby strollers, other cyclists, horses, and dogs all have the right of way over you. Share the trail and be respectful of other user groups. Be a Gravel SHARK!

So here’s the lowdown for Stages 1 & 2. Stage 3 follows the normal rules and information for Rebecca’s Private Idaho.  

QSR Frequently Asked Questions 

See all our FAQs here on our website.

What’s at the start and finish of each stage? 

We will have GU Energy products, Red Bull, and water at the start and finish of each stage. We will also have emergency medical staff at the start of each stage. GU Roctane, water and high fives will be waiting for you when you finish.

Stage 1: Lunch from Galena Lodge is provided for riders. Food and coffee are also available for purchase.

Stage 3: Food, drinks, and a party will be waiting for you at Festival Meadows when you finish.

Are there aid stations?

Stages 1 & 2 are unsupported and have no aid stations on course. EMS staff will be on scene for emergencies, but please come prepared to take care of yourself for nutrition, mechanicals, and navigation. Stage 3 is set up with rest stops, roving mechanics, and medical staff on scene. Outside support from friends and family is not allowed. 

Are the courses marked?

Stage 1: Yes, sort of. We will mark the course with flagging and arrows. However, there are about a billion intersections, so I highly recommend loading the course into your Garmin or navigation device and follow along carefully. It’s easy to get confused on these trails. 

Stage 2: The start and finish of the uphill time trial are marked. The neutral ride to and from Dollarhide Climb is not marked.

Stage 3: Yes, this stage is marked, but each year we have someone go off course and head towards Mackay, Idaho, or turn onto the Small Fry route. I suggest loading the Baked Potato course into your Garmin and following along.

Note: If there is a possibility that someone went off course or did not complete the entire course on any stage (especially Stage 1), the rider will be asked to submit their GPS file from the ride for verification. Please record your ride so you can be sure to verify your route. There are too many intersections on Stage 1 to place timing mats at all of them. Be Good.

Are there awards for the top riders? How is it timed?

The QSR consists of 3 days of scored riding over 4 days. We will use chip timing for all stages, so please use your number plate and do not deface the timing chip. Individual awards will be awarded for Stage 1 and Stage 2 overall female, male, para-cyclist and non-binary stage winners. Results will be announced at the end of each stage and posted online. Overall female, male, para-cyclist and non-binary Queen’s Stage Race winners will be awarded at Rebecca's Private Idaho Festival Day following Stage 3 on Sunday, from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Can I use different bikes for each stage?

NO. You can change tires and gearing, but you must ride all three days on the same frame.

Can I use headphones?

For Stages 1 and 2, headphones are not allowed for safety purposes. For the final stage on Sunday, headphones are highly discouraged, but if you must, please leave the left earpiece out so you can hear vehicles and other riders. This is for your safety and ours.

See all our FAQs here on our website.


*Looking to up your game? Sign up for  Rusch Academy Mastering RPI https://www.ruschacademy.com/store#classes where we have ride videos, full in depth course overviews, what to wear, what tires…all the specifics for RPI.

Day 1: Stage 1, Thursday, September 1

Galena & Harriman Trail Adventure Day

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GPX File Here

Mileage: 43.30 miles

Elevation gain: 3,711 feet

Type of terrain: Single track, gravel road, non-motorized path

Starts at Galena Lodge at 8:30 AM sharp. There is no event parking or rider drop offs allowed in Galena Lodge parking lot. Riders must utilize the free shuttle services provided by RPI. Shuttle Services will be provided for all riders and bikes to & from Galena Lodge. Buses leave from Limelight Hotel / Washington Avenue at 6 AM and also pick up at Baker Creek Parking area at 6:20 AM. It takes approximately 40 minutes to get from Limelight Hotel to Galena Lodge.  Galena Lodge will open at 7:00 AM and will have coffee and pastries FOR SALE inside the lodge.


For additional course details take a look here.

Most important dangers: Highway 75 crossing, horses and other trail users, unexpected obstacles, tons of intersections, and getting lost. Please be alert for these main considerations and share the trail.

Awards and lunch will take place at Galena Lodge (food is provided for all registered riders) after Stage 1. We will announce the day's winners there as well. You will want to stay for lunch. I promise.

Stage 2: Day 2, Friday, September 2

Dollarhide Summit TT 

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Mileage: 49.65 miles

Elevation gain: 3,003 feet

Type of terrain: Gravel Road

Start and finish at Limelight Hotel. Starts at 8:30 AM sharp. There will be a neutral ride from Limelight Hotel to the beginning of Dollarhide Climb. You will have pavement for approximately 5 miles, then we hit gravel and ride along Warm Springs Creek. We will use this casual 20 mile ride as a way to connect and socialize and warm up. Please do not drive out to the hill climb. The neutral sections are not timed, but are still considered part of the stage, so in order to be scored, you have to complete the whole stage which includes the two neutral sections (out and back) and the hill climb. 

Once you arrive at the base of Dollarhide, we will line up for the individual time trial climb in order of arrival from the casual ride starting at Limelight (remember you must complete the 20 mile casual ride from Limelight). This is a staggered start spaced 30 seconds apart. No drafting on the climb. No headphones.

Please note - there is a 20 MPH strict speed limit for the descent. Excessive speed will result in disqualification. After your time trial, you are welcome to stay and wait for other riders, or make your way back to town at your own pace. This segment is not timed, but is required. You must pedal back to Ketchum and complete the stage to be officially scored. 

The finish of the Stage is at Limelight Plaza. We will announce the day’s winners via website and social media at approximately 1 PM. Podiums for this stage will take place on Saturday at the Welcome Expo.

Most important dangers: Dollarhide is steep with hairpin turns and the road is open to vehicle traffic. Warm Springs Road near Ketchum is often busy. Please be alert, follow rules of the road and be courteous. Remember, my name is on your number plate! Be a gravel SHARK.

Day 3: Saturday, September 3, OPTIONAL DAY, but come hang out with us! 

Be Good Ride presented by Chamois Butt'r

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Mileage: 20 miles

Elevation gain: 1,171 feet

Type of terrain: Paved and gravel roads

Ride starts at 8 AM in the Ernest Hemingway STEAM School Parking lot (adjacent to Atkinson Park), and ends around 10 AM at the same place. Join us for a meet & greet and ride with Rebecca Rusch; anyone is welcome to come for an easy ride out Trail Creek and Corral Creek Roads. We’ll ride the Tater Tot 20 course and you'll get your first up-close views of the Pioneer Mountains. This ride is half gravel and half pavement and the perfect way to recover, socialize, and enjoy the views. No timing here, just keeping our legs loose for Sunday's ride. 

Stage 3:  Day 4, Sunday, September 4

Baked Potato (Scroll down for course detail)

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Parking Map

Mileage: 102 miles

Elevation gain: 6,271 feet

Type of terrain: A little bit of paved and mostly gravel

QSR Scoring

Chip timing will be used for Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 - same chip for each day. Each stage will be scored by the system below. Your placing will earn the number of points next to that place. Your points for all three stages will be added together and the rider with the highest points wins the overall Queen’s Stage Race. In the event of a tie in points after the completion of all three stages, the rider with the lowest overall time will be crowned the official Queen’s Stage Race overall winner in their category.

Baked Potato, Sunday, September 4th

Baked Potato Course Information

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Parking Map

Mileage: ~103 miles

Elevation gain: ~6,271 feet

Type of terrain: A little bit of paved and mostly gravel

Starts at Festival Meadows at 8 AM. This iconic course adds a few miles to the original RPI route, showcasing Idaho's awesome mountain vistas and remote landscape. We start and finish at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley with a neutral rollout.


At mile 81 all Baked Potato riders except those in the Hand Cyclists category or those on recumbent bikes (upright Para-Cyclist) 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 Bedstead. (Hand-cyclists and recumbent bike Para-cyclists 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, instead of taking the five mile El Diablito diversion from the main course. The course split will be clearly marked with flaggers and signage.) 

Sections on the Baked Potato have two-way rider traffic.

Aid stations will be located at miles 12, 24, 43, 65, and 76.

You must make it to mile 43 (Copper Basin aid station) by 11:45 am to continue onto the Copper Basin loop.

For additional course details go here.

Terracycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials—including GU Energy's product packaging! GU joined forces with Terracycle when the company realized it was part of the single-use packaging problem and wanted to do something about it.

Along with having Terracycle receptacles throughout the RPI event, the recycling company is also hosting a contest for all RPI riders. The person who collects and brings the most trash to recycle with Terracycle at the event will receive an exclusive prize package from GU!

French Fry - Sunday, September 4

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Mileage: 56 miles

Elevation gain: 4,386 feet

Type of terrain: A little bit of paved and mostly gravel roads

The new and improved French Fry starts at Festival Meadows at 8:15 AM. This is the second longest route of the day and offers all of the jaw dropping 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.

*Note: Sections on the French Fry have two-way rider traffic.

Aid stations will be located at miles 12, 24, 32, and 44.5.

CAUTION: there is a course split at mile 37 for French Fry and Baked Potato courses. Be sure to follow the signage for you route.

For additional course details go here.

Terracycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials—including GU Energy's product packaging! GU joined forces with Terracycle when the company realized it was part of the single-use packaging problem and wanted to do something about it.

Along with having Terracycle receptacles throughout the RPI event, the recycling company is also hosting a contest for all RPI riders. The person who collects and brings the most trash to recycle with Terracycle at the event will receive an exclusive prize package from GU!

What is the DUO Baked Potato/French Fry Category?

This category was inspired by mountain bike stage racing and how much fun it is to ride with a teammate. The duo category was created so that two riders can work together on course to share the load and help each other along the full 60 or 100 miles of gravel. Working in a team has obvious advantages and is a fun way to experience the ride together, so this category is just for you. 

Duo Team rules:

  • Duo riders must sign up for the duo category when registering.
  • Duo riders must stay within sight of each other throughout the course.
  • Duo riders must cross all of the timing mats and finish line together. 
  • You will be scored and recognized as a team.
  • We will have duo category prizing!

Riders who are not duo category competitors and are registered as solo riders, yet are found to be riding together in this fashion, will be placed and scored in the duo category. 

Tater Tot- Sunday, September 4

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Mileage: 18.76 miles

Elevation gain: 1,473 feet

Terrain: Paved and gravel roads


Starts at Festival Meadows at 8:30 AM. 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 half gravel and half pavement as the perfect intro to gravel riding. The course starts at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley and will roll out Trail Creek Road for about 5 miles.

There will be one aid station located at mile 8.5.

For additional course details go here.

*Timing finish is 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. Hit the second finish arch and collect your high fives!

Terracycle is an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle materials—including GU Energy's product packaging! GU joined forces with Terracycle when the company realized it was part of the single-use packaging problem and wanted to do something about it.

Along with having Terracycle receptacles throughout the RPI event, the recycling company is also hosting a contest for all RPI riders. The person who collects and brings the most trash to recycle with Terracycle at the event will receive an exclusive prize package from GU!

Rider Dispatch Email Archives

We’ve sent out a series of emails throughout the training period leading up to Rebecca’s Private Idaho, and you can access these emails here.

For more information or questions contact:


There are more ways to join in on the fun! Get involved with fundraising or volunteering, and keep up with all things RPI via social. 


Start your own fundraising page here. Or take part in the online auction here.




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Thanks to all of our sponsors for helping make the event what it is. We couldn’t do it without you!

More from our partners

Pre-order now and pick-up on Saturday, September 3 at the Revelate tent

Exclusively for RPI participants and volunteers.
Love bikepacking? Visit Revelate Designs and get your bike bags and accessories dialed in for your next adventure. Online orders placed now through 8/31 will be available for pick up at Revelate Designs' RPI Expo booth on Saturday, 9/3 in Atkinson Park. Be sure to enter RPI_WillCall22 in the coupon code field at checkout to remove the shipping fee!


Treasure hunt - 4 CHANCES TO WIN

Join the treasure hunt for a chance to win a KAV Sports 3D printed custom fit helmet!  To win, be one of four people to find mini KAV mini 3D printed at the RPI Expo in Atkinson Park on Saturday. Pro tip: treasure hunt clues can be found on KAV Sports social media pages FB: @KAVSports Instagram: KAVSports. Bring the mini helmet to the KAV Sports booth to get fitted and claim the prize.  

- Custom helmet fittings in less than 15 minutes and KAV will answer all your questions. KAV will also have 6 different sample sizes for you to try on and feel the difference. Anyone that gets a fit can get 25% off a helmet.


- Finisher's photo experience - Come and get a photo taken of your muddy/ dirty/ tired and stoked out faces. Thanks to KAV Sports and their green screen photo booth set-up, you and create your own personalized pro trading card by customizing your photo!

-Custom helmet fittings.