Sun Valley is adding a premier mountain biking event for June 2019.
Outerbike will bring the top bike and gear makers to Sun Valley Resort from June 21-23, giving riders an opportunity to try out the best gear and bikes on Bald Mountain’s biking trails.
The base camp for the event will be at the River Run area of Baldy and the parking lot, offering riders the chance to go up the Sun Valley Resort trails or other trails in the Wood River Valley.
The resort will provide lift access to Outerbike riders as part of their fee for the event. Registration fees will run from $85 to $240, depending on the level of participation.
Western Spirit Cycling promotes and organizes Outerbike, which is also held in Moab, Utah; Crested Butte, Colo.; and Bentonville, Ark.
“Outerbike is focused on one thing: providing world-class bike demo opportunities for cyclists,” Western Spirit CEO Ashley Korenblat said in a news release. “We believe both riders and bike makers benefit from a weekend of riding together and are very excited to add the fantastic trails in Sun Valley, Idaho, to the lineup!”
In 2018, Outerbike events drew riders from 48 states as well as eight countries, according to the company.
Visit Sun Valley Executive Director Scott Fortner credited Sun Valley Economic Development, Sun Valley Resort, the Wood River Bike Coalition and Scott Montgomery of CrankTank Consulting with helping to bring Outerbike to the Wood River Valley.
“This is really exciting news,” SVED Executive Director Harry Griffith said Monday. “It’s going to be based in Ketchum. It’s going to get us back on the map with mountain biking.”
Griffith said the event could generate $500,000 in economic impact to the Wood River Valley. He expects it to bring 500 to 1,000 participants.
Mountain bikers will line up to enter the exhibit area before it opens at 9 a.m. during the event. Trails will branch off from the Outerbike venue, or riders can hop on the lift to go up Baldy. That will give bikers a chance to compare bikes on the same trails.
They could also test out the bikes on a nearby purpose-built single-track, according to the news release.
The event breaks for lunch between noon and 2:30 p.m., followed by more tests in the afternoon. The demo events close at 5 p.m. Outerbike will have a party at a yet-to-be-announced location at 9 p.m. Saturday.
“We are pleased and excited to be hosting another national-level cycling event here in Sun Valley,” resort spokeswoman Kelli Lusk said. “It is the perfect venue and location for Outerbike—the wide variety of trails and supportive community will make this a destination that participants will want to return to each year.”
Registration fees purchase access to bikes, lunches, beers, prizes and tickets to the party, along with a lift pass, according to the Outerbike event website.
“With over 400 miles of single-track spread throughout the valley, the mountain biking is some of the best—and most scenic—in the country,” the website said of Sun Valley. “Bald Mountain now boasts America’s longest purpose-built downhill and 3,100 feet of thrilling lift-accessed trails (including two new downhill rides). For a milder experience, riders can head to the White Clouds trail network or take the leafy Wood River Trail to any number of mixed-ability trails in the Adams Gulch area.”