We’re less than a week away from the 5th Annual Wydaho Rendezvous Mountain Bike Festival which takes place at Grand Targhee Resort from August 29th – September 1st over Labor Day weekend. This year’s festival looks to be bigger than ever with demo booths from ten different bike companies. I also hear registration is up significantly over last year. Maybe this has something to do with the Tetons being designated as a Silver Level Ride Center and Grand Targhee Resort being awarded an Epic Ride by IMBA recently. Probably doesn’t hurt that Grand Targhee was also named Best Bike Park in the Northwest by MTBParks.com last fall. These acknowledgements are all well deserved. Over the last decade, the Tetons have transformed into one of the best places to bike in the country. For that reason, the Wydaho festival is as much a great time to showcase the area to visiting riders as it is a revelry of the trails and the bike community here at large.
Register for the festival.
Aside from the demos, clinics, group rides, and evening activities, one of the highlights of the festival is the Super D race. This year’s course will follow the same route from last year with roughly 4,000′ of descending intersected by a 900′ climb. Starting at the top of the Dreamcatcher lift, racers will descend the Grand Traverse trail to Buffalo Drop and Bullwinkle back to the base area, where they’ll climb Andy’s (formerly Lightning Ridge) and then drop into Colter’s Escape, continuing down Mill Creek all the way to Teton Canyon. The course offers a mix of technical, flowy, and fast trails which makes for a challenging yet really fun race. This is also a quick ride with top times of around 35 minutes and averages in the upper 30’s to lower 40’s. This doesn’t leave a lot of room for error so you’ll need to bring your A game.
Even if you don’t plan on racing, this year’s Wydaho Rendezvous should be a great time. With all of the rain we’ve gotten lately, the trails will be in excellent condition as long as we get a little sunshine on them.
For more info on the festival and the Super D race, check out Wydaho Rendezvous, Grand Targhee, or my write up from last year. See you next weekend.