Outdoors Blog

Off-road cyclists, Kristin Armstrong gather for Sun Valley event

Rebecca’s Private Idaho explores Idaho from dirt and gravel roads.
Rebecca’s Private Idaho explores Idaho from dirt and gravel roads.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong headlines the field for Rebecca’s Private Idaho — a fourth annual “gravel grinder” in the Sun Valley area.

The event, hosted by endurance athlete and Ketchum resident Rebecca Rusch, expects about 550 riders in its fourth year. Entries have increased by about 100 this year.

Rebecca’s Private Idaho has a race component — there are 50- and 100-mile versions — but the emphasis is on the ride. There are events, including a warm-up ride, on Saturday but the ride is Sunday.

“It’s a ride,” said Jaclyn Applegate, director of marketing and public relations for Rusch. “There is a group of people that go out and hammer it. We do give awards to the first male and female in each category. But really, it’s more about a celebration of bikes, people going out and riding together.”

Rusch, who earlier this year hosted a fat bike race at Sun Valley Resort and rode her bike to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, started the event to highlight the riding possibilities in Sun Valley. The event, held Labor Day weekend, benefits some of Rusch’s favorite charities, including World Bicycle Relief, Idaho Interscholastic Cycling League, Wood River Bicycle Coalition and People for Bikes.

A few spots in the field remain. Registration is $176.82 for the “big potato” and $144.86 for the “small fry.” There are also tandem rates.

The course begins in Ketchum’s town square before heading up Trail Creek Road. It’s primarily dirt and gravel fire roads with views of the Pioneer Mountains.

“It’s an absolutely spectacular ride,” Applegate said.

Bogus Basin celebrates end of summer

It’s the final weekend of summer lift operations at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. The weekend includes the final Music on the Mountain event of the summer on Saturday.

The Deer Point lift will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Monday. All-day passes are $25. Single lift rides are $10. The Simplot Lodge will have food-and-beverage service from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Saturday music lineup: Zack Quintana Band at noon, Voice of Reason at 2:30 p.m. and Pause for the Cause at 5:30 p.m.

ICL hosts Weiser River bike ride

The Idaho Conservation League is hosting a bike ride on the Weiser River Trail at 9 a.m. Sept. 10. The event will cover 20 miles. It’s free but reservations are required.

More info here.