Professional bike racer and one of the world’s top endurance athletes Rebecca Rusch (known as “The Queen of Pain”) is celebrating her hometown with the 6th Annual Rebecca’s Private Idaho and Queen’s Stage Race, an event weekend of her own invention to take place over Labor Day Weekend on August 31 – September 2, 2018.
REGISTRATION is now OPEN!
It’s a bike event that borrows from the gran fondo trend, but with Idaho style. It’s a long-haul gravel grinder meant to showcase the beautiful scenery and quad-cracking climbs of her chosen home turf. She’s putting this event together to brag a little, to show how good we have it here and to demonstrate a little western hospitality. The stage race begins on Thursday, with a small group of lucky riders participating in an endurance ride one day and then timetrial sprint the next. The Queen’s Stage Race riders get one day of rest before the Rebecca’s Private Idaho course line up day. For this, Rebecca has laid out two route offerings: The Big Potato and The Small Fry. One goes the distance, deep into the Pioneer Mountains; the other takes in Wild Horse Creek Canyon a bit closer to town, 94 and 56 miles respectively. Both leave Ketchum together and both take you over the hotly contested Trail Creek Summit segment. Those of you showing up on your skinniest-tired rig with a gear range that can be counted on two hands may be disappointed. Like the glaciers that formed these valleys over 10,000 years ago, you too will glide between the mountains on a layer of grit and rock, on a road bed that might just chew such a bike into a few hundred pieces. The only smooth pavement you’ll see is on the first and last couple of miles inside the city limits of Ketchum.
The inaugural Rebecca’s Private Idaho, proved to be a spectacular event with few hundred of Rebecca’s friends and bike industry leaders. 2018 will be opened up to all cyclist interested in seeing the spectacular beauty unbeatable trails that Ketchum-Sun Valley has to offer. Registration will open in January 2018. Grab your bike, get in some training time and come join us over Labor Day Weekend in the mountains surrounding Sun Valley.
It’s a for a good cause…or four if you’re counting. Rebecca’s Private Idaho benefits four great organizations that mean a lot to Rebecca: The Wood River Bike Coalition, our local voice for trail-building and bike policy; Idaho’s Interscholastic Cycling Assocation, the high school mountain bike organization; PeopleForBikes.org, the nation’s top-shelf all-around bike advocacy group; and World Bicycle Relief, an organization bringing practical bikes to villages in Africa in order to provide independence and improve quality of life.
In conjunction with Wagon Days, the post race celebration will be unbeatable amount of fun! Roll across the finish line and get ready to party! Back in Ketchum, we’ll be ready to hand over some great food, a cold beer and treat you to some heel stompin’ music. So, if you’re up to the challenge and want to experience all the fun that was had last year, we hope you’ll join us to participate, volunteer or just take part in the festivities.
For event specifics, please visit http://www.rebeccasprivateidaho.com.