Get an overview of cycling events on the Moab Utah calendar followed by specific event dates to complete information on mountain and road biking events in Moab.
Last winter, there was a winter in Moab. Moab had not experienced one of this caliber since 1976. The Yeti Thaw, usually on Presidents’ Weekend in February, saw inclement weather in 2010, until it affected the 2011 event. Ride a Yeti bike demo, enjoy from group rides, parties, and the vibrant fellowship of three Moab mountain bike companies: Magpie Adventure, Poison Spider Bicycles, and Rim Tours. It’s a free event and the perfect spring party.
Skinny tire festival
The road biking lasts three days, riding through Arches National Park, along the Colorado River and up to Dead Horse Point State Park, which looks out into the vast void of preserved Canyonlands National Park. The Skinny Tire Festival benefits programs for cancer survivors.
Gravity Play Adventure Racing opens registration on January 3, 2011. It’s a mix of athletic disciplines: flat water inflatable kayak, mountain biking, hiking, rappelling and sailing. The mountain bike section is particularly challenging at Long Canyon.
Riding the mountain pass in the La Sal Mountains, climbing 5500 feet in 60 miles, this event will emulate an old Italian tradition. Road cyclists experience breathtaking views of the canyons below and a peak 12,000 feet above. Gran Fondo is NOT a race. The top five male and female runners will be recognized for reaching the top of the pass. THERE ARE NO PRIZES for returning to the city in record time. Safety must be respected.
Moab Triathlon is NEW for 2011
TriUtah bases this two-day event in the Ken’s Lake area of South Moab. XTERRA off-road triathlon, XTERRA trail run, road triathlon and children’s triathlon.
The Rockwell Relay is a road cycling race in which teams of 4 cyclists hit the road in relay format and race to the finish line without stopping. It begins in June in Moab to conclude in St. George.
OuterBike debuted and gave consumers the opportunity to ride future bike models. 29-inch tires are new to the cycling scene. Here’s a review from a participant that Big Wheels gets their turn on the Outerbike. What will be new and innovative at the second annual Outerbike? Put this event on your calendar to find out for yourself.
24 hour Moab bike race
A temporary citadel blooms in the Moab Desert as teams converge to pour their strength into a twenty-four-hour mountain bike race. Xavier Fane documents this career. Particularly interesting are the night shots. If you’re not competing, consider volunteering for this event.
Moab ho down
It’s a mountain bike festival on Halloween weekend. Get your costume, bring all your bikes. Dirt jump, downhill race, take a city tour, bring your stunt bike, plan to see the second annual Moab Mountain Bike Film Festival collection and devour hot peppers, this event is sponsored by Chile Pepper Bikes .
The year 2011 at a glance for bikes in Moab Utah:
March 4-6, 2011 Yeti Thaw
March 11-14, 2011 Skinny Tire Festival
March 26, 2011 Adventure Xtreme
May 7, 2011 Gran Fondo
May 14-15, 2011 Moab Triathlon Festival
June 10-11, 2011 Rockwell Relay
October 5-9, 2011 OuterBike
October 8-9, 2011 24 Hours Moab Mountain Bike Race
October 27-30, 2011 Moab Ho Down Mountain Bike Event
October 27 and 28 Mountain Bike Film Festival