Rebecca’s Private Idaho is a long-haul gravel grinder that takes place annually on labor day weekend and is arguably one of America’s most beautiful gravel events. With its base of operations in the amazing towns of Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho. Riding and racing occur in the pristine backcountry of the adjacent Salmon-Challis National Forest. The landscape is one of pure beauty and one that will drop your jaw to the floor the first time you lay your eyes on it. Rebecca Rusch, the event namesake, is an American ultra-endurance pro athlete, world champion, author, entrepreneur, Emmy Award winner, and motivational speaker whose career has spanned numerous adventure sports, including rock climbing, expedition racing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. RPI is commonly recognized as one of the best gravel events in the world.
Given the event’s location, you wouldn’t be wrong to expect a stunningly scenic and challenging route at elevations spanning 6,000-8,200 feet. There are three distances to choose from: The Baked Potato, 100 Miles & 5,300 feet of elevation gain; The French Fry at 56 Miles and 4,400 feet of elevation gain; The Tator Tot at 20 Miles and 1,300 feet of elevation game. Entry fees range from $40-$200 for individuals.
RPI benefits local, national, and global charities: the Wood River Trails Coalition, the Idaho chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, People for Bikes, and World Bicycle Relief. The event is produced by Bike Monkey, a producer of some of the best road, gravel, and MTB events in the Western states.