Ride Sun Valley is a great reason to visit Ketchum

Ride Sun Valley kicked off Thursday, June 26 with flaming log drag races in Hailey. Yep, that’s exactly what it sounds like, so if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, Sun Valley is the place to be.

The downtown criterium is at 6 p.m. Friday, June 27 in Ketchum, and downtown will hopping as all the people roll into town.

Local “stoker” rides will leave from Ride Sun Valley headquarters in downtown Ketchum. The guided rides are for all-comers to experience the local trails. There will be beginner/intermediate group rides leaving from headquarters in downtown Ketchum, and also free shuttle rides for intermediate/advanced riders.  

Despite all the racing, Greg Randolph, aka Chopper, said the event is about biking, not just racing. “This is a good excuse to get up to a mountain town and go riding,” said Randolph, director of public relations for Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Sprinkled throughout the weekend will be live music, a free movie, and a bike expo with demos for riders.

“You can take in as much or as little as you want,” Randolph said.

The mountains are coming into their summer prime and as green as you could ask for. Sun Valley's trails are well mapped in the area, and there are several options to learn about them for those unfamilar with its vast trail network.

Check out trails at Blaine County Recreation District’s website at bcrd.org, and you can also get trail information and download an app at the MTBproject.com.

For a full schedule of events and more information about the week go to ridesunvalley.com/