For Immediate Release (Sun Valley, Idaho) Sun Valley, Idaho is stoked to announce the second year of its signature mountain bike event, Ride Sun Valley. As host to USA Cycling’s Cross Country Mountain Bike National Championship, this event offers something for everyone from recreational riders, to passionate mountain bikers, to the elite racers of the United States during the week of June 30-July 8, 2012.
Sun Valley’s famed leg and ego crushing ski precipice, Bald Mountain, plays host to several events this year including the National Championship Cross Country, Short Track Cross Country, and Super Downhill. But if high octane, lycra superman suit action isn't your bag don't sweat it. New for 2012 is the Scott Sports/Shimano Super Duper Downhill to be held July 1. Racing from the makeout point on the mountain's summit riders will descend over 3,500 vertical feet and race for nearly 40 minutes finishing in front of Apple's Bar and Grill. Bam!! The Super Duper Downhill is the second stage of the new for 2012 Sun Valley All Mountain Competition.
Scored like a stage race, the Sun Valley All Mountain combines results from the June 30 Galena Grinder Cross Country, July 1 Super Duper Downhill, and the July 3 Ride Sun Valley Fat Tire Criterium. Yes, we ripped off Downieville. Cash and product prizes will be awarded to winners in men’s and women’s amateur and professional categories.
Also on tap during the week is the Scott Week of Epic Rides. Free and open to the public, these shuttled and escorted rides offer riders of intermediate to advanced skill and fitness level a chance to ride the best of Sun Valley singletrack. With over 400 miles of singletrack accessible directly from the valley, participants can expect to enjoy the best rides of their life without the hassle of logistics or way-finding. Cold beers from a yet to be named beer sponsor at the end of each day. Bring your swimsuit! The Wood River Bike Coalition (Sun Valley’s local IMBA Chapter) organizes this event.
“Ride Sun Valley is like fantasy summer camp for mountain bikers who want to get the Led out. No joke, plan on coming early and staying late. It’s that good here,” said Ride Sun Valley event director, Greg Randolph.
More information about the event can be found at www.ridesunvalley.com. Local accommodation, shopping and dining, event, and activity offerings can be discovered at www.visitsunvalley.com.