Please use your age on race day when signing up for your event category.
Entry fee includes a supported timed race, gender specific race t-shirt, post-race snacks, one drink coupon for the after party, and a half-off coupon to the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center for use at a later date.
Race day registration is available at Riverside Park in downtown Salida from 9:45-10:45am for $50.
This race begins and ends in downtown Salida by Riverside Park, located on Sackett Avenue. After the race begins in downtown Salida, riders will cross over Hwy 50 and head up CR 101 to the Rainbow Trail. Riders then begin a rolling six mile stretch of single-track before descending via CR 108, the Little Rainbow Trail, and finally Race Track trail. Riders then head back to downtown Salida.
The race will begin with a mass start at 11am at the F Street bridge in downtown Salida. We expect riders to place themselves in a start position appropriate to their ability.
Please note: this is an approximately 26 mile mountain bike ride at elevations ranging from 7,000 feet to 9,000 feet. We will not enforce a strict time cut-off, but do expect participants to be able to complete the course in a reasonable time (under 4 hours).
This race is being held under permits from the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
The Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race is organized by the Salida Recreation Department and Salida Mountain Trails. Salida Mountain Trails is an all volunteer organization committed to building and maintaining sustainable, non-motorized, multi-user trails on public lands adjoining the city of Salida. They also work really hard to help put on this race!
We will hold an after party and awards ceremony following the race in Riverside Park in downtown Salida. Entry fee includes post-race snacks and one drink ticket. We encourage friends and family members to join in the after party at Riverside Park. We will have a live band, and alcohol will be for sale, provided and sponsored by the Arkansas Valley Libations Society. All alcohol sales will benefit Salida Mountain Trails so invite whomever you know to the after party and support this great organization in town!
A huge thank you goes to our sponsors. We could not put on an event like this without the help of a lot of different people and businesses in town. Thank you to our 2013 sponsors:
Absolute Bikes, the Arkansas Valley Libations Society, Arlie Dale's Jug Liquor, the City of Salida, Gone to the Dogs, Judd Fine Homes, Jon MacManus art, the Monarch Crest Crank, Natural Habitats, Salida Bike Shop, Salida Mountain Sports, Salida Mountain Trails, Subculture Cyclery, and YOLO for your support - we really appreciate it!
The Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race is part of the 3rd Annual Salida Bike Fest. Check out our website at www.salidabikefest.com for more information about what else is scheduled throughout the week.