Ketchum — World champion mountain biker Rebecca Rusch is organizing a Labor Day weekend ride in her hometown of Sun Valley. The ride will be Sunday, Sept.1 and is a 100-mile gravel grinder called the "Big Potato." There will also be a 50-mile option, called the "Small Fry" for cyclists who would like to participate in the event, but don't want to go the full distance, which is actually 95 miles (if that makes a difference). The ride is based on the popular European "gran fondo" tradition, which is a scenic tour through challenging terrain, but not a race.
Cycling is proving, time and again, to be a viable tool in driving the local economy, personal health, and social change, says Rusch. Ive wanted to host a ride that not only does these things, but does them in my own backyard. Theres so much I want the world to know about the hometown that I love; putting on a bike ride is the best way to get that word out. Plus I think itll just be an awful lot of fun.
Organizer say many famous cyclists have already signed on, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, multiple Tour de France racer Levi Leipheimer, former US National Road Champion (and current Team TIBCO captain) Meredith Miller, current World Road Champion Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, and riders have registered from more than 20 US states and Canada so far.
Here are some key things about the event: The terrain includes Trail Creek Summit and Copper Basin, both have awesome climbs, remote and beautiful scenery. You will be rubbing handlebars with celebrities and partake in the post-ride party to welcome riders back to town. You can ride whatever bike you want and choose from two different routes. It's a long ride, but doable for fit cyclists. The ride is a chance to try something new in Sun Valley and support three different bicycle charities at the same time.
For details or to register go HERE.
Rusch's resume is lengthy and varied, but she's best known as the "Queen of Pain" for her amazing endurance. In August of 2012, Rusch won her fourth straight, record-breaking Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, which is among the toughest races in the world. In addition to three 24-hour solo mountain bike World Champion rainbow jerseys, Rusch is the 2010 World Champion for Masters XC mountain biking, the 2011 National XC single-speed champion, and a three-time national champion in 24-hour team mountain biking.