Festival clinics offer instruction and advice. Photo: Ross Downward
If you’ve ever pedaled the roads or trails in and around Utah’s biggest mountain berg, then you know firsthand what great bedfellows Park City and cycling have become. Rare is a summer day that you’ll not encounter a roadie spinning down Old Ranch Road or grinding up Guardsman Pass or Deer Valley’s Royal Street. And thanks to the area’s 400-plus-mile mountain bike trail network, earlier this year the International Mountain Bike Association named Park City the world’s first Gold Level Ride Center. Impressive to say the least.
Want to know what all the two-wheeled hubbub is about? Check out the second annual Park City Cycling Festival, a three-day celebration of tires both skinny and fat for riders who’ve never straddled a bike to those who consider Park City their own personal cycling mecca, June 28–30. “The event serves not only as a way to draw attention to Park City’s amazing outdoor opportunities when its not snowing, but is a way for KPCW to raise funds outside of the typical pledge drive model,” says Cindy Kaiser Bywater, KPCW Director of Development and Special Events and one of the main organizers behind the Park City Cycling Festival.
Expert-guided road rides, including climbing Guardsman Pass. Photo: Ross Downward
Park City Cycling Festival events include:
Elite cyclists, including Marty Jemison, Jonathan Page, Andy Damman and Marcel Vifian, guiding training-focused road rides with an emphasis on technique.
Guided mountain bike rides on both classic Park City trails and more recent additions hosted by Mountain Trails Foundation, Jans, White Pine Touring and professional mountain biker Eric Porter.
- Cycling film screenings, après-ride parties, a slope style slalom, maintenance tips and instruction and a bike parade.
- A free cycling-focused expo at the Park City Mountain Resort lower base area including a custom built pump track, exhibitions, safety demonstrations, round table discussions, bike demos, live music, children’s activities and more.
Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Her blog about things to do, see and eat in Utah is utahvagabond.com.