Next Exit, Episode 1: Sun Valley, ID Mountain Biking

Small Idaho town becoming a biking mecca

A hammock in Sun Valley Idaho is its own reward. Photo by Paris Gore

A hammock in Sun Valley Idaho is its own reward. Photo by Paris Gore

It’s hard for us to put a finger on Sun Valley, Idaho mountain biking. Not having the opportunity to go there yet, we always ask friends and locals what the scene is like. Endless, flowy singletrack is the typical response we get. Great views and a good, authentic, quiet scene seem to be standard faire. But is it worth trekking all the way out there to experience the land? That’s always the key question when deciding on the one or two destinations for the year. Is it good for all the mountain bike buddies? Who do I contact when I get there? Are there enough activities if I bring the family? This video from Freehub Magazine and Teton Gravity capture some of the growing mountain bike scene from the area.

Sun Valley, Idaho might be best known for the first chairlift, but the small town on the edge of the Sawtooth National Forest has slowly become a biking mecca. In 1988, the area hosted the NORBA National Finals, but the fame was short lived. A steady evolution of mountain bike enthusiasts and committed community members has since led to 400-plus miles of singletrack right out of town, lift accessed trails on Bald Mountain and the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival, a weekend of epic racing and unparalleled good times.

Series Description

Next Exit is a joint series between Freehub Magazine and Teton Gravity Research dedicated to exploring communities around North America that have embraced the mountain bike lifestyle. Small towns are dreaming big when it comes to the issues that surround our sport, from tourism to advocacy to land management. Their efforts are redefining what a mountain town can be, keeping our culture—and trails—alive and well. – Presented by SCOTT Bikes, Visit Sun Valley, 10 Barrel Brewing and evo.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • C Web says:

    Really the name of the town is Ketchum, while SV is a mile away, with mostly Hotel, condos and big houses 🙂 It’s a very nice place, whatever you call it, and not overun.

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