The Banana Belt Loop Race Returns!

We have great news and greater news: The Banana Belt Loop Race is happening just like 2013. Back baby. That's the great news. The greater news is that we are working hard to include an even tougher expert/pro course in addition to the classic course used in 2013. Think about 36 or so miles instead of 26 or so, and double the singletrack.

September 13, 2014

To Register for the 2014 race, dowload the paper registration form and mail it in with a check, or go to to register on-line.

Start and finish in Salida's Classic Downtown.

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

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. The other course--hold on. I said we're working on it. Details to follow as soonfully as possible.

Brought to you by the City of Salida's BikeFest.


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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.