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    Salida, Banana Belt Loop Race. September 14

    All through the 90's and half way through the last decade, a local X/C race/party happened in mid-September here in Salida. It was what first brought me downtown to Salida after living in Colorado for 15 years, and it was what made me want to live here because there was such a groovy vibe.

    For a variety of reasons it fell apart after 2007. We're bringing it back.

    It's a classic old skool point-to-point. 26 miles with 3000 feet of climbing. Thirty five bucks.

    And here's the really killer part: Salida Mountain Trails is putting on an after party that will be sponsored by the Arkansas Valley Libation Society. So, how'd you like to listen to a free band and have an Elevation Brewery beer or glass of whiskey from Wood's High Mountain Distillery?

    Banana Belt Loop Race

    Part of Salida BikeFest weekend. Monarch Crest Crank is the day after. Activities for teh little shavers.

    Think about it.
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    Great news, this is a fun grassroots event with a great course.
    Will we return from the Rainbow trail under the highway via that culvert? Classic.
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    I know I have the 15th off work but not sure about the 14th, hopefully I can make this one
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    I might be able to swing this... what's your take on close(ish) to town camping?
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbsbiker View Post
    ...Will we return from the Rainbow trail under the highway via that culvert? Classic.
    The culvert is a definite. Gotta send somebody over there to be sure there are no rattlesnakes in there and clear all the spider webs before the first riders arrive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Debaser View Post
    I might be able to swing this... what's your take on close(ish) to town camping?
    The start won't be until 11 AM so there will be lots of time to break camp if needed and get to the start. That said, I'd probably go for up CR101 (where the course goes). East of town about a mile then south past the cattle guard. Lots of good spots up there.

    My 2nd choice would be up CR250, towards Mt Shavano Trailhead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    The culvert is a definite. Gotta send somebody over there to be sure there are no rattlesnakes in there and clear all the spider webs before the first riders arrive.
    Leave those for the front runners, us in the back can hike over their bodies to the podium.

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    Oh yeah, sounds sweet! Im in!

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    Great looking race Tom

    I like the sounds of this ride also

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    Tom, is there a limit on number of riders for this race?
    I'm interested, but not sure of my schedule for September yet. Don't want to get shut out if I wait too long to register!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtbRN View Post
    Tom, is there a limit on number of riders for this race?
    I'm interested, but not sure of my schedule for September yet. Don't want to get shut out if I wait too long to register!
    What I should be saying is, sign up now! Space is limited!! Don't miss your chance to be part of history!!!

    But the reality is you are very much unlikely to meet with any kind of full roster problem. I am way behind the eight-ball on this. The permits were 6 years stale and not easy to revive. The process of re-igniting the pilot light on this took most of the summer so promotion is really only starting now. If you've looked at the website you can see it's the kind of ugly, 1995-ish product that could only have been cobbled together in an afternoon by a non-graphic designer type (me).

    But that's all consistent with the culture of the Banana Belt. It's always been a low-key event put on by people who just like to ride bikes and drink beer. It ain't no Leadville 100. Thank goodness.

    So yeah, take your time. Hope it works into your schedule!
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    ... I am way behind the eight-ball on this. The permits were 6 years stale and not easy to revive. The process of re-igniting the pilot light on this took most of the summer so promotion is really only starting now...
    Another thing that's a little behind, our registration process is a little flawed just now. Update on Categories:

    If you just look at the PDF for registration, you'll see fewer categories than we actually have. Here in Salida the High School racing program is on fire. We've been able to field teams that are competitive with powerhouse schools like Boulder and Vail Valley. There's something like 40% of the student body involved with the mountain bike race team. So I wanted to be sure we had cats that would make the event attractive to younger riders. So there's both Under 16 and 17-19. And the race falls on a weekend when there's no high school league race. Cats:

    Female 16 and under 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Male 16 and under 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Female 17-19 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Male 17-19 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Female 20-35 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Male 20-35 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Female 36-50 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Male 36-50 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Female 51-65 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Male 51-65 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Female 66 and over 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Male 66 and over 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Female Singlespeed 26 miles 11:00 AM $35
    Male Singlespeed 26 miles 11:00 AM $35

    Also, something that's on the online registration but not the paper form: we're offering a $100 registration for what we're calling the triple crown. Friday there's a chainless race off S-Mountain, Saturday Banana Belt, Sunday Crest Crank. $100 bucks gets you into all three of those.

    FYI.
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    Alas, I already have plans on the Front Range that night, otherwise I was seriously considering this. Sounds fun, next year for me...
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    Hey, Tom. Man, am I glad I stumbled onto news of this race. I've been looking for a race to jump into on my way from NM to N CO that weekend. Salida, it is!

    I'd also like to get in another ride before leaving the following day, and although Monarch Crest looks awesome, I'm not sure I can handle the logistics of the Crank. But it'd be great to hook up with someone for a shuttle up to Monarch Pass, and a quick descent on Sunday.

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    Sounds like fun I might be in. I just wish I could drink the beer or the whiskey. Stupid Gluten allergy

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser View Post
    Sounds like fun I might be in. I just wish I could drink the beer or the whiskey. Stupid Gluten allergy
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    Check #8 and then go ahead and enjoy that amazing locally distilled Wood's Whiskey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwood View Post

    ... go ahead and enjoy that amazing locally distilled Wood's Whiskey!

    Cheers,
    P.T.
    P.T. you gotta post the link brother!

    Wood's High Mountain Distillery !

    (Think, Stranahans if it was better and higher)
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    Tom, how are the registration numbers looking? I may be able to work in a stop in Salida on the way home from a bidness trip, hope there are gonna be a few more old farts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudge View Post
    Tom, how are the registration numbers looking? I may be able to work in a stop in Salida on the way home from a bidness trip, hope there are gonna be a few more old farts.
    Registration is looking good. There should be plenty of farts and farting.

    Also hoping for a good turnout from the whippersnappers since there's no high school league race that day. We set up more granular cats for the youths hoping to get lots of good competition from the less than 20 year old set.

    But most importantly, the after party is going to rock. And there should be some bikey films projected on buildings and what-all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    Registration is looking good. There should be plenty of farts and farting.

    Also hoping for a good turnout from the whippersnappers since there's no high school league race that day. We set up more granular cats for the youths hoping to get lots of good competition from the less than 20 year old set.

    But most importantly, the after party is going to rock. And there should be some bikey films projected on buildings and what-all.
    Thx!

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    Awesome they are bringing this race back! I did the very first one and a couple more after that. Are you guys reviving the banana on a bike tee-shirt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnirider View Post
    Awesome they are bringing this race back! I did the very first one and a couple more after that. Are you guys reviving the banana on a bike tee-shirt?
    Yep, here's the art:

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    whoop whoop, just registered I wish I didn't have plans on Sunday or else I would stay the night and do the crest ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by provin1327 View Post
    whoop whoop, just registered I wish I didn't have plans on Sunday or else I would stay the night and do the crest ride.
    Sweet! Look me up when you get there and introduce yourself.
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    When/where is packet pick-up? Could your rain forecast affect the course? I don't know a dang thing about the surface of the course - wet or dry.

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    Tom, I hate to bring up what may be such a touchy subject, but... how are things looking for this weekend, considering all the rain we're having in CO? I don't know if it's actually raining in Salida, but the forecast sure looks ominous for the next few days. Will the trails hold up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudge View Post
    Tom, I hate to bring up what may be such a touchy subject, but... how are things looking for this weekend, considering all the rain we're having in CO? I don't know if it's actually raining in Salida, but the forecast sure looks ominous for the next few days. Will the trails hold up?
    It's been rainy. Yes.

    But here's one thing: today it looked overcast until after I went into River's Edge and started consuming happy hour beers. 5 pm-ish. It was overcast, had been all day.

    I came out at around 7:30 and yes, it was raining. But given an 11 AM start, the race if run that day would have completed well before rain started, and all the drinking as well.

    Here's the other thing: I have heard that this wet weather crapola is supposed to be done by the weekend.

    And here's yet another thing: we haven't gotten the kind of gully washers that took out Apex. I was drinking (yes, I was drinking) in a bar that is open at the end that faces the river. Seriously, you have to see this place. It's awesome.

    Anyway, back to the subject; there was no thunder. I was surprised by two things when I left River's Edge this evening. 1) it was raining. Who knew? I hadn't heard any thunder. 2) I had to pee really, really bad. I had to go back in and pee. I barely made it. How come I didn't know I had to pee that bad when I walked away from the bar?

    Our trails are fine. The Rainbow is the kind of trail that doesn't really get muddy. It's pretty much gravelly. As a matter of fact the jeep road climb and jeep road descent get really nice and packed out. And fast.

    No, worry not. The race will happen. Drinking will happen.

    Today I took it upon myself to get beer selections lined out. Here's how she's looking:

    Elevation First Cast IPA. Had it? No? You will like it. Best IPA I've ever had. Nicely balanced. Nice Hops but with some really good heartiness thrown in.

    Amicas gin basket wit. A belgian-style white ale infused with the gin botanicals that are used to make Wood's High Mountain Distillery's Treeline Gin. Can't say I've had it, but it sounds pretty damned interesting.

    Probably the third beer will be Moonlight's Porter (also from Salida). I intend to go tasting tomorrow. They have a nice porter, a brown, a red... so much to taste, so little sobriety.

    Then of course Wood's High Mountain Distillery is going to be making available a gin drink that will probably be a lime-aid/gin drink. They are awesome. PT watches this forum, I invite him to elaborate!

    Here's the thing: up until Friday night registration is $35. Race, T-shirt (a cool one), free food, a free beer or cocktail for $35. Wait until race day and you are welcomed to join us, but it'll cost you $50.

    There are going to be three kegs. And cocktails. And the amount of schwag that's piling up is silly. Sign up. Just do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garson View Post
    When/where is packet pick-up? Could your rain forecast affect the course? I don't know a dang thing about the surface of the course - wet or dry.
    Garson,

    The race start was intentionally set to be late-ish, 11:00 am, to give people who are coming up from the Front Range time to get here. You'll be able to check in at Riverside Park (downtown Salida) between about 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM. Probably have a chance to do it at the Salida Hot Springs Pool on Friday afternoon too, not sure about that.

    But it'll be OK, the course is very gravelly. And we've ordered good weather. Worry not. Our trails aren't getting washed into the Arkansas River this week. Some moisture, but it's been gentle here. And it's been starting at nightfall, not 2 PM.
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    Ok. I'm signed up, and lookin forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garson View Post
    Ok. I'm signed up, and lookin forward to it.
    Awesome. You'll have fun. It's been rideable weather every day this week in the middle of the day, and the rains have come toward evening here. There was no day this week when both race and party would have been impacted by rain. We've had some rain every evening, but it's not at all typical monsoon. I haven't heard thunder for weeks. Sometime around dinnertime it starts to sprinkle, and then it rains occasionally harder... but none of this inches of rain at a time stuff like you poor souls on the front range are getting.

    The course is going to be Fast. I'm not going to use the H word, I know that's becoming trite. But it will be tacky and fast.

    I go to Elevation to pick up our keg this afternoon. Gonna ice that mofo and ice it some mo'.

    T-shirts came in yesterday:

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    I'm in. See you on the starting line.

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    I'm in as well...that is if I can get there, getting anywhere south out of Ft Collins is proving to be a bit of a challenge this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Wankel View Post
    I'm in as well...that is if I can get there, getting anywhere south out of Ft Collins is proving to be a bit of a challenge this morning.
    I'm coming up from NM, and heading up to Berthoud after the weekend in Salida. Sounds like some genuine devastation up that way ... Boulder, Lyons, even Longmont, and the Poudre flooding ... . Basically just some very much needed moisture throughout NM, but disaster further up in CO. Fires and Floods. Nature carries a big stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garson View Post
    ... very much needed moisture throughout NM, but disaster further up in CO. Fires and Floods. Nature carries a big stick.
    Big stick indeed. Weird and destructive year for sure.

    Super pleased to hear about mtbr-ers headed this way. Make sure you all introduce yourselves. I'll be the funny looking bald guy with the bullhorn.
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    FYI: No rain in Salida in over 24 hours now. Blue sky overhead. Gonna be a blast-tastic race and party.

    11 AM Start!
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    Thanks for the last minute navigation Tom. I don't think I have ever been late to anything in my life!! After getting a 10 minute late start, I still caught up with a few members of the pack. Great ride, trails were a little muddy in spots but the soil was perfect on the downhills!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by provin1327 View Post
    Thanks for the last minute navigation Tom. I don't think I have ever been late to anything in my life!! After getting a 10 minute late start, I still caught up with a few members of the pack. Great ride, trails were a little muddy in spots but the soil was perfect on the downhills!!!
    So glad you joined us.

    The event was a total success. Over 70 starters and lots of great competition. Our local tradition has been resurrected!

    Congrats to sbsbiker for the podium finish! I met several mtbr-ers and it was great to have you all there.

    The weather was totally killer, only blip was a little sprinkle in late afternoon that sent a bunch of people away, and then it cleared within 20 minutes. Also running out of Elevation First Cast. Personal tragedy for me...

    But the course was buttah and I think everybody had fun.

    Thanks to everyone who lined up!
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    Tom, Thanks for the fun event! I love the old school approach, mass start, great trails, free beer, and I even won a prize in the raffel. We are definatly coming back next year, but I'll need to keep this under myhat so that my faster friends ddon't attend and knock me off the podium.

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    Sounds like a great event! Lets see some pics.
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    Tom, i forgot to add it's a great idea to award the top 3 seperate from the age group prizes. im often at mass start event where the top finishers overall also get age group awards and ive never understood why if you are one of the top overall riders, you need, or get a age group award.

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    Banana Belt Loop race was the perfect combination of beers, bikes and bruises...but not necessarily in that order. Salida, Banana Belt Loop Race. September 14-img_1198.jpgSalida, Banana Belt Loop Race. September 14-img_1200.jpgSalida, Banana Belt Loop Race. September 14-img_1205.jpgSalida, Banana Belt Loop Race. September 14-img_1207.jpgSalida, Banana Belt Loop Race. September 14-img_1212.jpg
    I haven't had that much fun in lycra in a long time. Thank you Tom, this really was a superb event. Well thought out, painful but fast course, good schwag and nice racers. Here's a couple pics...I'm hoping for more on course pics from others since hubby didn't get out. He got to chatting with the nice bike shop dudes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amykayblazintoes View Post
    Banana Belt Loop race was the perfect combination of beers, bikes and bruises...but not necessarily in that order.
    Congratulations on a great ride! You's a real, real fast lady!

    Glad you had fun and hope you'll be back.

    I have to ask though, how did you (your husband I assume since you were lined up to race) manage to get a picture of me that makes my butt look so big?

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    I am actually a very, very skinny person. That guy standing up on the bridge railing with the bullhorn looks kind of like a lard-ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amykayblazintoes View Post
    ... Here's a couple pics...I'm hoping for more on course pics from others since hubby didn't get out. He got to chatting with the nice bike shop dudes.
    Amy,

    This is one I got of you from the jeep road descent. I was posted there with my friend the paramedic waiting for the disaster that never happened. Blurry, but you were moving pretty fast.

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    A big ol' thanks to everyone involved in this one for a great day. Couldn't have asked for a better group ride on my way through S CO. Great course and organization, weather was awesome and more volunteers than you could shake a stick at. Super bike community there in Salida. Even had decent weather for an out-and-back on the Monarch Crest Trail the next morning before I moved on. See y'all again soon.

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    I thought only women worried about...ah, What can I say, it's obviously the pants. Or, um, er I mean your shorts.
    Haaa, haaaa....


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    Quote Originally Posted by amykayblazintoes View Post
    I thought only women worried about...ah, What can I say, it's obviously the pants. Or, um, er I mean your shorts.
    Haaa, haaaa....


    How 'bout this one?
    Do these pants make my butt look big? Or does the FAT make my butt look big?

    Thanks for the edit on the photo. That's a little more like it
    Tom Purvis - Salida, CO - http://teamvelveeta.tom-purvis.com

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