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2015 Tour De Fat

Ann Morrison Park: 8/15/2015


2015 Tour De Fat




Bogus Basin announces summer activity schedule
Deer Point Chair (#1) will operate for scenic rides and mountain bike transport during
 all-day music events on August 1st, and September 5th from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Cost for an all-day pass is $25.
Single ride chairlift ride tickets cost $10
Beginning June 13th
A bike shuttle will run from the Simplot Lodge to Pioneer Lodge Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm



http://www.ridesalmon.com/


http://www.idahomtb.org/

Teams Forming | Fall Race Series Announced 

Spring is well under way here in Idaho and we are thrilled at the momentum building for the upcoming season. Our first ever Leaders' Summit was held April 11-12 at Avimor's Community Center just north of Boise.

 With nearly 50 high school mountain bike coaches in attendance, we had an inspiring and educational weekend.

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Teams Forming In Your Area

Teams throughout Idaho are starting to form and grow. We are expecting teams this fall out of McCall, the Wood River Valley, Salmon and the Teton Valley, as well as Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and the Treasure Valley. 

It looks like the Pocatello team is gearing up to have the largest team in Idaho's inaugural year, with an already reported 25+ riders for the upcoming season!


TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT:
High school teams are starting to register with the Idaho League! We're in our pre-season phase where coaches are getting organized and teams are developing. Kids should be watching for announcements at their school and we'll begin posting teams on our website.

Here is an initial list of the schools and communities with developing teams:

Boise Braves HS
Borah HS
Bishop Kelly HS
Eagle HS
Idaho Falls Composite
Nampa Christian HS
Payette Composite
Pocatello Pioneers 
Sage HS
Teton Composite
Magic Valley Composite
Wood River HS

We're expecting more to come - stay tuned!

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Fall Race Series Announced!

2015 Idaho High School Cycling League Race Series

September 12 Grand Charge - Grand Targhee Resort 
September 19 Galena Gallop - Galena Lodge 
October 3 Park Pedal - Eagle/ADA Bike Park 
October 17 Avimor Avenger State Championships - Avimor

This is it, folks! The schedule we all need to mark on our calendars. It is shaping up to be a great inaugural season!

History has been made in Idaho!

BOISE, Idaho – For the first time in the history of scholastic club sports in Idaho, cross country mountain biking will be available to student-athletes statewide, run by the Idaho High School Cycling League, a 501(3)(c) company.

The Idaho League is part of the fast-growing National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), the national governing body for middle and high school mountain biking in the U.S.A.

Dylan Gradhandt, director of the new Idaho League, said, “This isn’t just another race series. NICA, which we represent here in Idaho, is a youth development organization with programs that focus on inclusivity – there are no bench-warmers, so everybody on the team gets to race if they want to; equality – it’s a co-ed sport, and if you can’t afford a bike we’ll help you get one; and personal growth – we’re about building strong bodies, strong minds and strong characters. But with all that said, NICA student-athletes remain students first.”

NICA now has 15 state leagues, over 500 high school teams, 5000 students-athletes, and 2000 certified league coaches. The organization has been growing steadily since 2008, and enjoys average participation growth of 35% every year, nationwide.

The 2015 schedule for the Idaho League starts January 14th, with the first in a series of visits to communities across the state, giving folks the lowdown on being a NICA coach and starting a team in the Idaho League. These informational events are called Coaching 411 and include Idaho Falls, January 14th, Teton Valley, Jan. 15th, and Ketchum, Jan. 16th. Another round of Coaching 411 visits is March 2nd - 6th, taking in McCall, Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello, Salmon, Hailey.

The first of the Idaho League’s coach training events, called Leaders’ Summit, is scheduled for April 11th - 12th at Avimor Community Center northwest of Boise and more of these events will run during summer, along with a series of student-athlete skills clinics.

Team registration opens April 1st. Pre-season runs from April 1st through June. In-Season starts July 1st with up to 4 practices a week. Racing begins the first weekend after Labor Day. A four-race series that runs September 12th - October 17th.

More information: 
Media contact: 
Dylan Gradhandt 
Executive Director 



Jug Mountain Ranch, McCall, Idaho
Makes top 10 List of the Best Fat Biking Trails in the US in 2015

makes honorable mention

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People chose Top Mountain Bike Destinations
Sun Valley takes 13th place

BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS IN IDAHO
According to Entrepreneur.com, the number of bike-friendly offices is increasing.


Understand Cyclist Safety and Lane Use


Women Mountain Biking in Idaho
Check out this video of some of the best backcountry bicycling.
It just happens to be in Idaho.

International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) reveals 2014 model trail award winners
Idaho Trails Recognized as the world's best

Ride Center
TETON REGION, WYOMING/IDAHO
Within 30 minutes of Victor, ID, you’ll find the Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, greater Snow King area, and Teton Pass, providing enough trails to entertain for several days of riding. Beyond the resorts, you could spend weeks riding everything from bike parks and beginner-friendly trails to flowing purpose-built, downhill-specific trails. Numerous trail systems can be linked without getting in a car. The Teton Ride Center experience is also a lifestyle located in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, filled with a variety of outdoor adventures complemented by awe-inspiring views, wildlife, rivers, brewpubs, ethnic restaurants, live music and mountain culture.
(Text descriptions courtesy Mark Eller/IMBA.)
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2014 EPICS
IMBA has used the Epic designation for more than a decade.
the original intent of the designation — demanding, singletrack 
adventures in a natural setting. The current Epics celebrate true 
backcountry riding experiences that are technically and physically
challenging, more than 80 percent singletrack and at least 20 miles in length.

GRAND TARGHEE LOOP, WYOMING
Prepare for solitude in the Tetons and an escape from the summer’s heat 
on this ride that begins and ends conveniently at the Grand Targhee 
Resort. The Grand Targhee Loop is 25 miles on 100-percent singletrack. It 
features a mix of smooth, intermediate-friendly trail with plenty of 
technical sections to keep skilled riders alert and excited. The route 
winds through alpine meadows blanketed in wildflowers, forests of pine 
and aspen trees and jaw-dropping views of the Tetons.
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2014 FLOW TRAILS
SADDLE UP, SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
A world-class ride at a world-class ski resort, this 4-mile trail was 
created to provide a fun and friendly experience in the Sawtooth 
Mountains. The grades are tame and the rollers are smooth, but 
experienced riders seeking airtime need only to stay off the brakes.


Will Idaho join the National Bicycle Route System?
From the Adventure Cycling web site:
The U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) is a proposed national network of bicycle routes, which will link urban, suburban, and rural areas using a 
variety of appropriate cycling facilities. In some states, Adventure Cycling routes will be incorporated into U.S. Bikes Routes, along with other 
regional and state routes. To date, 8 U.S. Bike Routes have been established in 10 states: Alaska, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Michigan,
Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia. Currently, more than 40 states are working to create U.S. Bicycle Routes.
IDAHO
is in
Phase I: Planning

Idaho is interested in designating routes for the U.S. Bicycle Route System as a transportation system that supports mobility, economic vitality 

and tourism potential for communities. The bicycle and pedestrian office is currently working on developing systems within the DOT that will 

support the effort, including conducting a bicycle corridor suitability project and forming a state bicycle and pedestrian committee.

For more information or to volunteer, contact ITDbikeped(at)itd(dot)idaho(dot)gov


Idaho Hot Springs
500 miles

Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route Pack List

Idaho Hot Springs mountain biking route proves to be a big hit with cyclists


Tour Description   two new maps available from Adventure Cycling
Tour Description
Available as a set or separately

Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route by the Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling's exciting new 500 mile Idaho Hot Springs Route and Map

Read the review of the 500 Mile Idaho Hot Springs Bicycle Tour
Read about it from the Adventure Journal


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A community for touring Cyclists and Hosts


BECOMING A BICYCLE FRIENDLY BUSINESSES℠

bicycling can create more energized, alert, and productive employees


Boise Greenbelt History and Impact

Link

Bike paths on the way for Victor Idaho



New Forest Service Topo map site
Link


How Bicycles Can Save Small Town America

An explanation of how bike travel can revitalize rural areas. 

Watch this video.

Can Bicycles Help Small Town America?

Bicycle Tourism has economic impact


First person perspective on Vimeo

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How the State of Oregon Promotes Bicycling

YouTube Video




News About Tamarack Resort

Idaho Statesman


"The Idaho stop"
what is it?
A law for cyclists at stop signs and red lights

Boise Bike Share has a director!
New High Tech Bike-Share Program in Idaho
News article


Boise City Bike Registration

YouTube Video


From someone who knows how "well designed" bicycle infrastructure should work...

this Dutch cyclist critiques why America doesn't take bicycles seriously.
Link

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Bikes and Cars Can Get along


New Boise Green Belt Bike Map


Idaho retailer to launch steel bike line

Kristin Armstrong wins Olympic Gold !

Boise resident wins time trial gold in cycling at the Beijing and London Olympics.

Cycling Idaho

Tour Idaho in this Emmy Award-winning documentary about bicycling in the Gem State.

Stream it here:



Rail Trail
Gold Ribbon Quality Bicycle Routes
Hiawatha Bike Trail
Starting in Wallace, ID

Ride the Hiawatha

Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
starting in Plummer, ID
Here is a good map of the trail online that shows the lay of the land.
Friends of CDA Trails

Traverse Idaho by bike on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes | The Seattle Times
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Idaho is the state first to offer a special license plate for cars where the proceeds will be applied toward bicycle trail improvement and trail building. 
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will facilitate the grant program to use the money raised in the sale of these plates. 


Fees your Idaho-registered vehicle is $35 in addition to your normal registration cost. 
The renewal fee is $25 annually. Of those fees, $22 at purchase and $12 at renewal will be allocated to a special fund at the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to be used ONLY for the creation, maintenance, and improvement of Idaho's 17,000 miles of recreational trails. 
The other $13 goes to the Idaho Transportation Department as their administering fee
For a non-personalized plate, visit your local County Division of Motor Vehicles office and order one in person.
Customized plates will cost $60.00 for the first year with a $40.00 renewal fee each year thereafter. 
Proceeds go to the trail fund. Ton order the Customized plate Contact Idaho Transportation Department (ITD)

ALL trail users will benefit from the sale of this plate, 
as recreational trails are used for hiking, running, wildlife watching, and horseback riding.


The Riders Pledge of Safety
From LOOK! Save A Life
Make this promise to yourself-your family and your community
  • I will ride on the right side of the road as far to the right as practical and safe. I will ride single file when on narrow, curvy, or busy roads.
  • I will be as visible as possible to traffic. I will ride predictably and use hand signals and proper lighting in the dark.
  • I understand and will obey the laws regarding stopping and yielding at stop lights and stop signs, which are: in Idaho, a cyclist can roll through a stop sign without coming to a complete stop only if traffic is clear, a cyclist can go through a red light only after coming to a complete stop and only when traffic allows safe, clear passage.
  • I will wear a helmet any time I ride, not just in group rides and races.
  • I will foster a better relationship between cyclists and drivers by offering considerate, friendly, and polite communication with drivers and other cyclists.
  • When I drive I will expect and respect cyclists on the road and give them room.
  • I will not honk at cyclists.
  • When I drive, my attention and focus will be on the road and safe operation of the vehicle