The Crest Crank started in 1998 to raise funds for the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse. Back then, hardly anyone had ever heard of the Monarch Crest Trail. It was a closely guarded local secret ridden only by die hard mountain bikers.
The secret eventually got out and today the Monarch Crest Trail is known as one of the most famous mountain bike rides in America.
There are few places in the world where a mountain biker can ride perfect singletrack above treeline with such an amazing view.
The number of riders has varied from year to year, ranging from 35 to 80 riders and the Crest Crank has always been a good fundraiser that is lots of fun. Anticipating 100 riders this year, AADA is entirely funded by government and foundation grants, donations, and fundraisers like the Monarch Crest Crank.
The need for AADA’s work, working to prevent sexual violence and domestic violence, continues. Last year, 219 adult and child victims were in need of immediate assistance. AADA needs to raise more funds to continue their vital work, so the decision was made to make the Crest Crank into a bigger and better event.
After years of hosting our event in the beautiful small town of Poncha Springs, we moved the event to nearby Salida’s beautiful Historic District. Salida offers us more options for our riders in terms of attractions – art galleries, shops, restaurants and much more. We think you’ll love the move and enjoy our adventurous mountain town.
We’re also working with many new sponsors and looking for new sponsors as well. If you are interested in helping support the work of the AADA, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Thank you for joining us, riding the Monarch Crest Crank and supporting the important work of the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse.