The Banana Belt Loop Race Returns!

First run in 1990, Salida's classic local Cross Country Mountain Bike Race took five years off.

But now it's back!

September 14, 2013

Results for 2013! Click on the link for overall results, not sorted by category. Category-sorted results coming soon.

The course is point to point, one big loop. It's 26 miles, with 3,000 feet of climbing.

Brought to you by the City of Salida's BikeFest, Salida Mountain Trails, and the Arkansas Valley Libation Society.


Paper registration forms are available to download here, or on-line registration is available at If you are downloading a paper form, please make sure to also print and fill out the attached waiver. Registration cost is $35 per person (pre-registration). All race day registrations will be charged an additional $15. Download the PDF Registration Form.

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The Course

The Banana Belt has traditionally started and finished at the F Street Bridge over the Arkansas River in downtown Salida. It's 26 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing. No laps! More than half awesome, fun singletrack, and plenty of burly technical jeep road to boot. Check out the course map, and see an elevation profile at the bottom of this page. You can download a GPX of the course, and you can load it directly to your device using Garmin Connect.

Do you like to party?

After the race, ride right into a rockin' good time in Salida's beautiful Riverside Park. The No Name Band will be playing, and the Arkansas Valley Libation Society will be providing local craft libations. Salida and Chaffee County are becoming known for the quality of craft beers, wines, and spirits produced. The party will be happening in the park until early evening, then the Salida BikeFest events and Salida's rockin' nightlife will keep the fun rolling until after dark.

Make a weekend of it

Salida BikeFest is going to be a great time for the whole family. Friday is the chainless race off S-Mountain, Saturday's Banana Belt, and Sunday is the Monarch Crest Crank. Activities for the kids, movies, recreational bike rides; it'll be a great time.