Bike event calendar

April 10, 2014 

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Tour de Fat in August brings out the Boise bicycling community’s wild and weird side.

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Sagebrush Scramble XC race: This race east of Boise kicks off the Knobby Tire Series. Other races include the Coyote Classic at Avimor north of Boise (May 24), Knobby 9 to 5 at Avimor north of Boise (June 14), Soldier Mountain near Fairfield (June 29), Galena Grinder near Ketchum (July 26), Crazy Miner Marathon near Idaho City (Aug 23), Demo Days race at Avimor north of Boise (Sept. 6). For details go to


Barking Spider Race: This annual mountain bike race in the Owyhees south of Nampa kicks off the Wild Rockies Race Series with other events in Eagle (May 30-June 1), Idaho City and Jug Mountain Ranch (June 21-22), Pomerelle Ski Area (July 26-27), Tamarack Resort (Aug. 2-3), McCall (Aug. 24), and Grand Targhee (Aug. 30). For details go to


Cycle for Independence: Metric century (62 miles) at 8 a.m., 25-mile at 9 a.m. and 10-mile at 9:30 a.m. at Riverglen Junior High School, 6801 N. Gary Lane, Boise. Benefit for the National Federation of the Blind of Idaho, Treasure Valley Chapter.


Weiser River Trail Bike Ride: Bikers will ride the upper-most 28 miles of the trail starting about 2 miles west of New Meadows and going to Council. The ride is mostly downhill or on flat terrain on a dirt and gravel path. Riders have the option of being shuttled from Council to the top of the ride. Trip includes lunch and vehicle support. Cost is $45. Register at

Dirt Bag Dash Gravel Grinder and Charity Ride: 8 a.m. at Dream River Ranch, 8894 W. Martha Ave., Mountain Home. Charity ride is a non-timed 23 or 42 mile. There is also a timed event with distances of 23, 42 and 54 miles. Benefits S.H.E. Therapy. $35 charity ride, $45 race. Also, 12 Hours of Eagle (July 18-19) overnight endurance race at the bike park. Rebels Revenge (July 18-19) mountain bike biathlon at Avimor. 344-9182,


Ultimate Urban Challenge: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Using clues, teams of four will bike to secret destinations to complete assigned challenges. Post-race party at Fort Boise Park for food, drinks and music. Benefit for Make-A-Wish Idaho. $35 per person. After June 1, $49. 345-9474,

Knobby Tire Bike Tour: Noncompetitive mountain bike tour from Boise to Idaho City and back on June 21-22, fully supported. Go to

JUNE 27-29

Ride Sun Valley: This event blends trail rides and street events for the average cyclist with national competitions for world-class racers, and a big party thrown to celebrate cycling. Get details at


Terry Reilly/Bob LeBow Blue Cruise: These popular bike events have joined together this year to bring one big event in Nampa. This is a non-competitive group ride with distances including 100, 62, 35, 25, 10 and 3 miles. Proceeds of the Bob LeBow Bike Tour benefit the Terry Reilly Zero Pay Fund. Lunch, water stops, basic first aid and sag wagons will be provided. Fees range from $20 to $48 depending on distance.


Twilight Criterium: Boise's premier road race. For details go to


4 Summit Challenge: Starting in Cascade, the course covers the two mountain passes along Warm Lake Road. This challenging course attracts cyclists from a wide variety of places and can include up to 650 riders. Riders have a choice to ride one, two, three or four summits and distances from 8 to 75 miles. Cost is $55 to $75 with discounts for early registrations. Event includes rider support, food and entertainment. For details go to

AUG. 3-9

Ride Idaho: Ride Idaho is an annual, seven-day, fully supported bicycle tour featuring different regions of the state each year. Cost is $795. About 350 riders experience Idaho during this 400-mile ride. Fees benefit communities, promoting healthy active lifestyles and raising awareness of safe cycling. Ride starts at Ketchum and take a circular route to Castle Rocks and City of Rocks near Almo and back to Ketchum. For details go to


Tour de Fat: This "Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer" sponsored by New Belgium Brewing has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local cycling while bringing the wild, weird side of biking to Boise. The event includes group rides, a bike parade with costumes encouraged, contests and plenty of beer drinking. Think of a slice of Burning Man transported to Boise's Ann Morrison Park. For details go to


Rebecca's Private Idaho: World champion endurance rider Rebecca Rusch of Ketchum inaugurated this ride last year, and it was a smashing success that drew international attention. The course is 92 miles with a shorter option. It is described as "a true gravel grinder of a ride, meant to sap the strength of riders not only through steep climbs, but in the navigation of miles and miles of unforgiving rock and grit." Despite that, it drew a huge crowd. Cost is $90 to $110 depending on distance. For details go to


Ride for the Red: Routes of 100, 75 and 50 miles through the vineyards and orchards in the Treasure Valley. Benefit for the American Red Cross. 855-4932,


Jordan's Ride: 7 a.m. at the Eagle Sports Complex, Horseshoe Bend Road. Charity bicycle ride that benefits SIDS/SUDC research. Routes include 10, 30, 50 and 100 miles. $35. 459-5879,

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