Pros Grind the Gravel at Rebecca’s Private Idaho
All star cast for the Rebecca's Private Idaho Parade including Meredith Miller, Levi Leipheimer, Rebecca Rusch and Fat Cyclist
Rebecca Rusch hosted the inaugural Rebecca's Private Idaho in Sun Valley, Idaho on September 1. Choosing between a 50 mile “Small Fry” or a 100 “Big Potato", 300 riders hit the gravel for this exciting new race. The event included a professional start and finish, QOM/KOM segments fully supported by Specialized, SRAM NRS and Gu, and drew several top-names in US cycling.
Scheduled during Sun Valley’s largest annual festival, Wagon Days, the event kicked off with one of the nation’s largest non-motorized parades featuring Rebecca Rusch, Fat Cyclist, Meredith Miller and Levi Leipheimer on WBR Buffalo Bicycles.
Photo Credits above: Alpinphoto
World Bicycle Relief was one of three beneficiaries of the event and Rebecca took every opportunity possible to highlight the important work being done with these funds. The charity-component certainly added to the excitement of the event as riders rolled under a “Giddy Up” banner in downtown Ketchum before venturing out to summit Trail Creek, a 2,800 climb on the breathtaking outskirts of Sun Valley. Riders were treated to a scenic and well-supported ride including fully-stocked rest stops hosted by GU. Upon there returning, riders enjoyed a festival-like atmosphere – including a large 'Welcome-Back Y’all' banner – in the center of Sun Valley where they enjoyed beer, barbeque and live music.
Racers rode Cross or MTB bikes on the course–attracting both roadies and non-roadies. The event received an array of media buzz, including tweets from pro riders and sponsors, professional write-ups in the media, Fat Cyclist's blog, and the voice of USA Cycling, Dave Towle, as the emcee who endorsed WBR throughout the event.
WBR Development Director Katie Bolling noted, "Rebecca Rusch is a leading voice for women’s cycling. It will be amazing to be part of this event as it grows. I definitely see Rebecca's Private Idaho becoming one of the 'must-dos' on a cycling enthusiast’s annual calendar. The community, course and celebrity factor added to the excitement. I wouldn’t be surprised to see 1,000+ riders here in the next two years."