Rebecca's Private Idaho
Many cyclist in the Midwest have experienced the joys of riding gravel grinders, now cyclists around the country are discovering the appeal of these events as well. These events that take cyclists in cool areas they may never explore otherwise should not be overlooked. The road surfaces vary largely from maintained country roads to very rough jeep trails. They make for great adventure which in turn makes for even greater stories. Ketchum, Idaho is familiar with wide open spaces etched with many gravel roads making it a perfect setting for a gravel grinder, at least Rebecca Rusch thought so. In 2013 she launched her own event, Rebecca's Private Idaho, on the same gravel roads where she continues to hone her world class endurance skills. This terrain is very special to her and she wanted to offer cyclists of all levels coming from various riding platforms whether road, mountain biking, or cyclocross the experience of riding in this soul feeding location. After this year's Labor Day weekend there are 300 more cyclists that share Rebecca's sentiment that Ketchum, Idaho is a perfect place for a gravel grinder. The following is a photo essay of this incredible ride and destination that landed itself on the National Geographic's Ultimate Adventure Bucketlist.
Rebecca's Private Idaho is a race for some and a ride for others whatever the choice it will meet your expectations
Rebecca greets the riders with gratitude and well wishes during the second year of Rebecca's Private Idaho.
Rebecca Rusch,"The Queen of Pain" leaves the start line with cyclists from various riding backgrounds Robbie Venura, Josh Berry, Dan Hughes, Neil Shirley, Yuri Hauswald, and Burke Swindleburst. Riders in this event saddle up on different steeds, the winner of the event, Josh Berry road his road racing machine. He later said "Although he would not recommend this choice it worked for him this year."
Cyclists fill the winding road up the Trail Creek Summit, the first and biggest climb of the day. This climb is where "The Queen of Pain" does her interval training. Ouch!
Rebecca enjoys sharing pedal strokes with riders throughout the day.
The road surface this year was smooth and fast.
Two cyclists dwarfed in the enormous landscape.
The cattle pay no attention to this lone cyclist as she makes her way through the Copper Basin.
The event is capped of by some Gelande Qualffing which is as competitive for some cyclists as the actual race itself.
When you layout your future training plan for this event make sure to include training for the entire event start to end.
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