Monarch Crest Crank

Sun September 18, 2022 Salida, CO 81201 US Directions

Monarch Crest Crank

7:30AM MDT - 4:00PM MDT
Open to ages 12 - 100.

The Monarch Crest Crank is a mountain bike event along one of IMBA’s Epic mountain bike trails - The Monarch Crest. Join us on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Salida for this historic fundraiser benefiting The Alliance, which helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

Your entry fee ($95) will include the ride, on-course support, a shuttle to the Crest and back to downtown Salida, and post-ride party at Riverside Park with food and beverage, music and more! (party at Riverside Park may change based on the public health situation in the fall).

Please note - we have a 100 rider limit, and in 2021 the event sold out in late August, so register early!

We have a "virtual supporter" option too - so if you can't make it to Salida on Sept. 18, you can still help The Alliance and enjoy the vibe of this awesome ride from where ever you may be! 

We've made adjustments to how we operate the ride for the health and safety of our participants and volunteers - please see our FAQs for details.

Riverside Park
210 E Sackett St.
Salida, CO US 81201
Ride Website

Additional ride information can be found at

Ride Contact Info

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More about the Route and Training

The Monarch Crest Crank is run under special permits by the San Isabel Forest Service District, the Bureau of Land Management and the City of Salida.

The Monarch Crest has been named as an IMBA EPIC route. This is a high-altitude mountain bike ride that follows the Continental Divide above treeline for several miles before dropping thousands of vertical feet into the valleys below.  You must be ready to ride 25 miles of trail that will take you 3-5 hours to complete.  The first 10 miles are the most challenging with some steep climbs, thin air and challenging singletrack.  Once you reach the top of Marshall Pass, you have two options for returning to the shuttle that will take you back to Salida.

The Silver Creek Singletrack descent is rutted, rocky and steep with some exposure/ledges– advanced singletrack.

The Marshall Pass Road is non-technical and very enjoyable – a 15 mile descent down a winding mountain road that was originally the railroad route for one of Otto Mear’s railway lines through the Rockies.

To get ready for these rides, you should build up gradually by doing longer and longer rides throughout the summer.  The mileage of this ride is not especially high, but it’s a tough ride due to the terrain and altitude.  By the time the ride starts, you should be able to ride comfortably on singletrack for 3+ hours.  It’s difficult to offer a specific fitness plan, but if you have any doubts, please consult a fitness trainer with experience in cycling and he or she will develop a specific plan to help you complete the ride and still have fun at the same time.

Cheers for our Sponsors!

Title Sponsors!


Platinum Plus Sponsors

Kate Woolman

Salida Bike Company


Platinum Sponsor

Gold sponsors


Oveja Negra

Independent Whitewater


Silver Sponsors
  • Salida Mountain Sports
  • Salida Sport & Spine
  • Altamont Landscaping
  • United Roofing
  • Anupa IV
  • Central Colorado Law/Marquez & Associates LLC
  • The Maverick Potter/Mark Rittman
  • Tres Litros Beer Co.
  • Colorado Central Magazine
Bronze Sponsors
  • Sangre de Cristo Electric Cooperative
  • Salida Family Dentistry
  • Cedar Street Dentistry
  • Moonlight Pizza
  • 7000 Feet Running Company
  • Amicas Pizza
Donors (products and services)
  • LD Haynes Design
  • Wood's Distillery
  • Chaffee Printing
  • Natural Grocers
  • Vino Salida
  • Robin's Restaurant
  • Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply
  • Little Red Hen
  • Topo Coffee
  • Aksels



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