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Rebecca’s Private Idaho Queen’s Stage Race
September 1, 2019
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until September 1, 2019
Welcome to Rebecca’s Private Idaho!
I’m glad you are here and am honored to host you in my hometown.
Here are a few tidbits to keep you on track while you are in Ketchum and Sun Valley.
Remember, this is not just a one-day event. We have plenty of great rides and activities planned, so be sure to check the schedule and don’t miss any of the fun.
Day 1 – Stage 1, Thursday, August 30
Trail Adventure Stage
Mileage: 43.38 miles
Elevation gain: 3,489 feet
Type of terrain: Single track, gravel road, non-motorized path
Stage 1 is the kind of gravel ride that is going to make you giggle and say “I can’t believe I’m riding my gravel bike here!” We start the stage at historic Galena Lodge and your legs and laughing muscles will be working from the start. You will climb and descend sweet single track (yes, single track) on trails like Rip and Tear and The Grinder. This includes everything from smooth, bermed turns, to embedded rocks and roots sections, stream crossings, chunky gravel and tight trees. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of double track passing sections in between the single track sweetness. Be heads up here with your Garmin route file and course markings. There are so many turns and intersections that it’s easy to get lost. We will mark the trail, but I can tell you that I’ve designed the course, ridden it multiple times and I still get confused. Use your brain up there and pay attention. After about 16 miles in the twisty, turny Galena Trails, you’ll cross Hwy 75 (with flaggers), cross the Big Wood River and head south on the iconic Harriman Trail. This is non-motorized double track and while you’ll be relieved to be on less technical terrain, don’t underestimate the unexpected obstacles, like thick piles of gravel, rain ruts, squirrels dashing across the trail and other trail users like horses and hikers. You’ll head down the Harriman and this is fast terrain, so be heads up and share the trail. After about 10 miles heading down, you’ll find a turnaround near Phantom Hill and head back up the Harriman, gradually climbing all the way back up to Galena Lodge. This is two way traffic, so please be attentive to other riders and stay right. The hardest part now is keeping your eyes on the trail because the views of the Boulder Mountains will take you breath away even more than the high mountain elevation. 3500 ft of elevation gain 42 miles and some of the best riding and views you’ll ever experience. This is truly the best gravel ride I’ve ever done.
Day 2 – Stage 2, Friday, August 31
Dollarhide Time Trial
Mileage: 49.65 miles
Elevation gain: 3,003 feet
Type of terrain: Gravel Road
This is an awesome ride because you get a 20 mile warm up to chat and ride with friends. This is a neutral stage until we get to the base of Dollarhide Climb. From there, we lineup for the individual time trial. It’s a staggered start and then you’re off into your own solitary pain cave. Dollarhide climb isn’t that steep or long, but the multiple switchbacks, thin air and tired legs from stage 1 will make it feel longer than it is. After you reach the summit and get some air back into your lungs, you have a neutral ride back to Ketchum. Note: Maximum speed descending is 20 mph and you will be disqualified if you rip down the hill. Other riders will be going up and this road is open to traffic. Safety first please!
Day 3 – Stage 3, Saturday, September 1 OPTIONAL DAY
Mileage: 18.83 miles
Elevation gain: 1,171 feet
Type of terrain: Paved and gravel roads
VIP’s, campers, sponsors and media will join others for an easy ride out Trail Creek and Corral Creek Roads. We’ll ride the brand new Tater Tot 20 course and you will get your first up close views of the Pioneer Mountains. This ride is ½ gravel and ½ pavement and the perfect way to recover, socialize, enjoy the views and #JoinTheRusch. No timing here, just getting your legs ready for Sunday’s ride.
Day 4 – Stage 4, Sunday, September 2
Mileage: 92.56 miles
Elevation gain: 4,729 feet
Type of terrain: A little bit of paved and mostly gravel roads
This iconic course is the original route of Rebecca’s Private Idaho and showcases the awesome mountain vistas and remote landscape that Idaho is famous for. We start and finish at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley with a neutral roll out. Trail Creek road is our gateway into the mountains. You’ll follow rolling hilly pavement for less than 10 miles, then the trail really kicks up and the pavement turns to gravel and you are truly earning your entry into Private Idaho. From the starting elevation, you’ll climb about 2000 ft up to the top of Trail Creek Summit and rest stop #1. This is the biggest climb of the day and you get it out of the way early. From Trail Creek, you hit the fast, smooth gravel that drops you into the aptly named Big Lost River basin. To your right are the stunning Pioneer Mountains, Idaho’s 2nd highest mountain range topping out over 12,000 ft. This high mountain valley is home to pronghorn, deer, elk and moose in more numbers than humans. As you turn towards Wildhorse Canyon, the gravel is often full of washboards that keep you on your toes. At Wildhorse rest stop, the course splits and the Big Potato riders continue on towards the Copper Basin, a stunningly beautiful valley filled with sagebrush and willow-rimmed creeks, all hemmed in by the great White Knob and Pioneer mountain ranges. This is the most beautiful and most challenging part of the course. The gravel is chunky and where it looks deceivingly flat, it is not. You will take the 25 mile journey around Copper Basin Loop road and hit the Copper Basin Rest Stop at the start and finish of the loop. Then it’s time to reverse your tracks and head back to Sun Valley via Wildhorse and Trail Creek. The trip home often rewards you with headwinds and more washboards, but a much shorter climb to get back to Trail Creek Summit. When you top out at Trail Creek Summit again, you’re almost done. Just a 2000 foot harrowing descent before hitting the pavement once more and returning to civilization in Sun Valley. Your long journey into the remote landscape of Idaho will be celebrated with your tribe during the Off The Wagon Days Celebration at Festival Meadows. We’ll be waiting for you there!
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