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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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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    ... 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!

    Cheers,
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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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