-What You Need to Know-
RACE DAY LOGISTICS
Sunday, September 1st
Welcome to Rebecca’s Private Idaho!
I’m glad you are here and am honored to host you in my hometown.
Here are a few tidbits to keep you on track while you are in Ketchum and Sun Valley.
Remember, this is not just a one-day event. We have plenty of great rides and activities planned, so be sure to check the schedule and don’t miss any of the fun.
Check out our past newsletters for all the information we've shared leading up to the race!
Be Good are the words my Dad wrote to me and my guiding principle. I developed these SHARK guidelines for gravel racing with a 1st grade friend. It really is this simple and if you find yourself in a grey area wondering what to do, then just simply refer back to the SHARK ethics and you’ll find your answer.
You can find all course files and descriptions on our website HERE.
If you need help uploading the course to your device, visit the Garmin booth during the Welcome Party on Saturday for assistance.
RPI is 90% gravel road and 10% paved. It is rough and the course is open to the public, including motorists, cattle, ATVs and other cyclists. It is beautiful and remote with no cell phone coverage. Take photos, but you won’t be able to call for a ride home. You have committed to ride the course and I know you can do it.
You are in the mountains here! Elevation for the course ranges from 5800ft to 8000ft. Be prepared to combat the effects of altitude with good hydration and a dose of healthy respect. Also, weather up here can change quickly. Expect temperatures ranging from 25F in the mornings to mid 70s in the peak of the afternoon. Layer appropriately for these temps and have a pocket to carry your extra things.
Your race number has a timing chip on the back for safety reasons, so we can keep track of all of you on course. Please use the number and don’t deface the chip.
If needed, race day parking is available in Sun Valley's Event Parking lot. Please note YOU MUST ENTER FROM SADDLE ROAD. CARS CANNOT ENTER FROM SUN VALLEY ROAD PRIOR TO THE START OF THE RACE!
Parking is also available in downtown Ketchum and is a short walk/ride from the start line
No entry to parking from Sun Valley Rd.
Cars must enter from Saddle Rd. or Dollar Rd.
Access parking from here!
Start line is located at Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road.
Clothing and gear that you want to stash at the start can be dropped off at the secure bike / bag valet starting at 6:45am. Please put your race number on the Garmin bag you were provided. You can pick this up when you finish.
ENVE Inflation Station
Need a few extra pumps of air in your tires before the start? Not sure the perfect pressure for you? ENVE has you covered with their Inflation Station near the start line.
7:45am: Riders Meeting (Mandatory for all riders)
8am: Baked Potato
8:15am: French Fry
8:30am: Tater Tot
11:30am: Cutoff time for Baked Potato. You must be through the turn at Copper Basin Loop Rd. by this time!
Each ride start will have an escorted, neutral roll out for approximately 2 miles. Once the police or SRAM car pulls away, follow the rules of the road and go whatever speed suits you. Reminder, these are open roadways with traffic and other obstacles so #BeGood
Aid stations are provided approximately every 20 miles.
Trail Creek Rest Stop #1: Trail Creek Summit 12.2 miles/80.9 miles
Wildhorse Rest Stop #2 Wild Horse Creek: 24.6 miles/68.4 miles
Copper Basin Rest Stop #3 Copper Basin Loop Road North Entrance: 35.5 miles/57.7 miles
Rest Stops are stocked with our famous Idaho organic roasted rosemary and sea salt potatoes, GU Brew, GU Roctane, GU Gels and Chews, Picky Bars, Red Bull, water, and tons of sweet and salty snacks. There will be first aid, bike tools, a mechanic and race communications at each rest stop.
Wild Horse Creek Rest Stop
ENVE is giving you a chance to win a wheelset, and it has nothing to do with how fast you ride a bike. The ENVE Spud Blaster will be loaded and ready to blast a potato into orbit and right through an ENVE rim target. Located at Wildhorse Rest Stop, the Spud Blaster Challenge will provide a nice break to the pedaling and allow those with a different kind of skill set the potential for success out on course. Show off your skills and sink a spud for your chance to win a wheelset and other prizes.
The official timing finish is under the Red Bull arch approximately 3 miles before town limits. Your official ride timing stops here, so slow down and enjoy a mellow and safe cool down for the remaining miles until you cross under the second finish arch at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley.
Once you cross under the 2nd finish arch, grab a GU Recovery drink mixed just for you and drop your bike at secure bike valet. Staff will wash it for you and we’ll keep track of it while you enjoy the festivities. You can clean up in the changing tents and get ready to refuel, relax and celebrate!
RESULTS AND AWARDS
We will have results and awards at the Off the Wagon Days Celebration in Sun Valley Festival Meadows. Digital results will be available by Cascade Timing. Official awards and high fives will take place at 4pm. We will have an awards podium for the top three male and female riders for the Baked Potato and French Fry. Awards will also be presented to the top male and female junior riders for the Baked Potato and French Fry. Top Duo team for Baked Potato and French Fry will be awarded. The Mashed Potato award will be presented to the final official finisher of the Baked Potato route. We will also be awarding the Be Good Auction winners at this time.
125 custom, signature RPI bolo ties will be awarded to the top 38 female and top 87 male riders who complete the Baked Potato course. Bolos will be awarded right at the timing finish under the Red Bull arch, so don’t blow through the finish and miss your bolo presentation! The division of female / male bolos is representative of our 30% female / 70% male registration numbers.
Questions: Refer back to the website and speak up at the Welcome Party. We’ll be there from 10am-5pm on Saturday with plenty of games, vendors, yoga, music and socializing going on. Come grab a beer and let me officially welcome you to town!
Finally, Stay Connected (well at least when you’re in cell range). Follow the action by following Rebecca Rusch and Rebecca's Private Idaho on Facebook. Or follow @RebeccaRusch on Twitter or Instagram.
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