What is different this year?
Where is Salida and when should I get to Salida?
When is Check In?
Where can I rent a mountain bike or cruiser bike?
Do I need to have a really good mountain bike?
What will the weather be like for the ride?
Where can I camp?
What hotels do you recommend?
What restaurants do you recommend?
What if I want to have more adventures in Salida?
Unlike past years, we are NO longer offering free bike checks. Please make sure your bike has been checked thoroughly by your local bike shop before the day of the ride. If you would like one of the local shops – Absolute Bikes, Subculture Cyclery, or Salida Bike Company – to work on your bike before the ride, contact them to set up an appointment.
Plan to pre-register as space is limited, and we may sell out.
The ideal mountain town of Salida is located 2.5 hours drive southwest of Denver via US 285 or 2 hours west of Colorado Springs on US 24. It’s at the conjunction of the Sawatch and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges.
Event check-in is the evening of Saturday, Sept. 16. If you are traveling to Salida for the event, we encourage you to stay overnight Saturday night to be ready for an early start on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Check-in is Saturday, Sept. 16 at Absolute Bikes from 5 to 8 p.m. You will check in, sign the liability waiver, pick up your goodie bag and meet fellow cyclists.
You can rent all types of mountain bikes in Salida – full suspension, women’s specific, 29ers, etc. Just call one of the three shops – Absolute Bikes, Subculture Cyclery, or Salida Bike Company – to reserve a rental.
Yes. To ride the Monarch Crest Trail, you need a mountain bike in excellent condition. This does not mean a really expensive bike, but a mountain bike in perfect working condition. If you have any doubts, please have your bike checked by a professional mechanic before the event.
September is sunny, cool in the morning, and will warm up in late morning – often in the 70s. The Monarch Crest Trail will be fairly chilly in the morning. You will need a long sleeve jersey and rain jacket. It will warm up considerably as the day goes on. If it’s foggy or rainy, the show must go on and we’ll do the ride regardless. In this case, you will need much more clothing – rain gear, hat, gloves, long sleeve jersey and jacket.
There are plenty of camping spots close to town – some are free and some cost money. There are free spots a few miles east of Salida along the Arkansas River/US 50. There are several paid USFS and private campgrounds along US Highway 50 going up Monarch Pass. If camping, there are pay showers at the Salida Hot Springs Pool on US 50 in Salida. Please contact the Salida Chamber of Commerce for more info on camping, www.SalidaChamber.org.
We personally recommend the following hotels for their support of the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse:
Salida Super 8 – www.SalidaSuper8.com, 719-539-6689. Located at 525 West Rainbow Blvd on US 50. Locally-owned by cyclists.
Salida offers a full range of culinary delights. Most of the best restaurants and bars are located in Downtown Salida. We personally recommend the following restaurants for their support of the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse:
Cafe Dawn – www.cafe-dawn.com, 719-539-5105, Corner of 1st Street and G Downtown. A community-minded and environmentally-conscious coffee shop that also serves tasty pastries and healthy lunches. The owners are mountain bikers too.
Moonlight Pizza – www.MoonlightPizza.biz, 719-539-4277, 242 F Street – Downtown. Locally-owned by long-time supporters of the Crest Crank! Named the best pizza in Salida for years running. They will deliver.
The Bounty – www.bountysalida.com, 719-539-3546, located on US 50 across from the hot springs swimming pool, 413 W. Rainbow Blvd. A great family-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. A long time Salida favorite.
Currents – 719-539-9514, 122 N. F Street. Downtown. A stylish quality restaurant in the historic district. If you are looking for something special, try it out.
Victoria Tavern – 719-539-9003, 143 N. F Street. Right on the corner near Riverside Park. This is the historic tavern in Salida. Head here for fun times, guaranteed mountain town flavor.
Amica’s Pizzeria & Microbrew – 719-539-5219, 127 F Street. Gourmet thin crust pizza and microbrewery. A huge favorite with all visitors to Salida.
Salida is full of fun activities. Please contact the Salida Chamber of Commerce for suggestions, www.SalidaChamber.org.