Before you know it, the hills around Sun Valley will once again be alive with the sounds of music. The highly anticipated Sun Valley Summer Symphony season returns to the Sun Valley Pavilion (located adjacent to the Sun Valley Lodge) and the lawn beyond on July 24. For three wonderful summertime weeks, the finest musicians in the country will offer free concerts. It is one of the most highly anticipated cultural and social highlights of the year.
Guests and locals alike anticipate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony...
Sun Valley might be famous for being home to world-class skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing, but what the place really goes nuts for is bicycling.
From toddlers on Strider-style bikes, to moms and dads on mountain bikes, to grandmas and granddads rolling through town on road bikes or cruisers, everybody around here rides bikes in the summer.
With an amazing bike path system and some of the best mountain biking on the planet—which somehow manages to improve each year—Sun Valley and the surrounding communities are crazy about biking. Beer is pretty popular, too, which is the only way to explain the flaming log drag races that kick off the four day Ride Sun Valley Festival.
To help get you rolling, here are the highlights of all the fun, sweat and beers that makes up this year's Ride Sun Valley!
Sheeptown Drag Races
The 5th Annual Ride Sun Valley festival ignites—literally on Thursday night, June 25th. Brave, foolish and possibly intoxicated contestants race their bikes on a short track while towing flaming logs attached with chains. It begins at dusk (roughly 7pm) in front of the Power House Pub and Bike Fit Studio in Hailey. This year they actually convinced the police to let them race on Main Street!
Prologue and Downtown Criterium
On Friday night June 26th, the streets of Ketchum turn into a one-of-a-kind race course. The Prologue bikers battle in fast-paced time trials through a cyclocross-style course of obstacles with an Idaho twist.
The Criterium adds more humor into the festival as relay teams of four dressed in all kinds of goofy attire vie for cold hard cash—or at least bragging rights at the Opening Night Concert and Beer Garden. Ketchum Town Square is the scene of this silliness, which kicks off in earnest at about 6pm.
Kids MTB Races
Free to kids 12 and under, the Kids MTB Races on Saturday June 27th let the little ones rip down Baldy. There are different courses for different ages and abilities and every contestant gets a race number and medal for finishing. Register at the base of River Run Lodge from 1 to 3 pm, with races starting at 3pm.
Idaho Pump Track State Championships
If the young riders haven't worn themselves out on Baldy or the bike path by Sunday June 28th, then the Ketchum Pump Track is the place to go. Riders compete to run the cleanest and most creative runs through a skatepark-style dirt course. The races are offered for everyone from kids under-6 to adults, with more than 150 contestants and loads of spectators expected. Registration runs from 4 to 5 pm, when the contest begins.
Run Your Own Race
For those who prefer riding alone or with a friend instead of racing with the masses, Sun Valley offers over 30 paved, car-free miles of bike path as well as over 400 of miles of single track.
Baldy also offers lift-access to their gravity and flow trails. There are few places in the country that can top Baldy's 3,400' of vertical for those who love to downhill. The crew over at Pete Lane's Bike Shop can get you geared up and dialed in.
For a full rundown of all the events or for more information about the Ride Sun Valley Festival, please got to ridesunvalley.com.
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