Friday, September 26, 2008

Baldy Hill Climb is Saturday

Mountain bikers are welcome to the Baldy Hill Climb, which observes its 30th anniversary Saturday, Sept. 27. For the first time, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation community event will include a mountain bike race up Baldy.

Mountain bikers will take a mass start on Cold Springs Road above St. Luke's Hospital and tackle the Cold Springs perimeter trail starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 27. Bikers will either do the climb only (awards to the top 3 male/female riders) or, if ambitious, they'll do a Baldy Double.

Keep in mind, no bikes will be downloaded.

Once they reach the top of Baldy, however, mountain bikers attempting the Baldy Double will download the Challenger chair to the bottom of Warm Springs. There they will join with the Baldy Hill Climb racing class for the 11 a.m. start.

Meanwhile, at 10 a.m. the Hill Climb hiking class will start its 1.86-mile course, 3,140-vertical-foot ascent from the Warm Springs ski run bridge—elevation 5,880 feet—to the top of Baldy—elevation 9,020 feet.

Pre-register until Friday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at Sturtevants in Ketchum and Hailey, the Elephant's Perch and Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum, and at the SVSEF office at the base of Warm Springs. There is no online entry this year.

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