Monarch Crest Crank

Sun September 20, 2020 Salida, CO 81201 US Directions
Day of Ride Details & Reminders

Thanks again for signing up for the Monarch Crest Crank, especially in this unusual year! We're excited you'll be joining us on Sept. 20 for this fun event!

WHEN: Sunday, September 20

WHERE: Absolute Bikes (behind the shop), 330 W. Sackett St., Salida, CO 81201 (719-539-9295)  

Check-In: Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled shuttle departure time. You’ll need to select your lunch option (more info on that below), load your bike and get a quick “health check” before boarding the shuttle.

If you're not sure what shuttle you're on, log into this site and check your Profile, then go to Manage Registration to find the "Shuttle" option.

The number at the end is your DEPARTURE time – be at Absolute Bikes 15 minutes before this time!

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: Please watch this video, which has info about using the Monarch Crest Trail that we must share with you as a US Forest Service Permit Holder: 



In the mountains, weather can change in an instant, so be prepared. This is a suggested list, at minimum.

  • Bike: Your bike must be in excellent working order. Please have it serviced by a mechanic before the ride. 
  • Personal helmet: All riders must wear a helmet – no exceptions.
  • Face covering (mask/neck gaiter/bandana): you MUST wear this during the shuttle ride to the Crest and back from the Shirley Site, because, COVID.
  • Hydration system pack with water or energy drink and to carry your many items – please note that this year we are not able to provide extra water and snacks at the aid station (yep, COVID again). Bring enough water and food to get you through the whole ride!
  • Spare bike tube - It’s not unusual to get a flat tire on this trail. We encourage you to bring a spare tube just in case.
  • Chain repair link – get the one that is compatible with your chain’s brand and speed (if you aren’t sure which one to get, ask your friendly bike shop team member).
  • Riding shoes
  • Bike shorts 
  • Jersey or wicking base layer (no cotton)
  • Riding gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Lightweight wool socks
  • Arm and knee warmers (i.e., additional layers of clothing)
  • Eye protection (sunglasses)
  • Camera
  • Energy bars or snacks.  Lunch provided by local restaurants after the ride 😊
  • Sunscreen
  • Any medications or personal prescriptions
  • If you plan to drink alcohol at lunch, bring an I.D. 

Weather preparation: Colorado weather is unpredictable and can change quickly. Please be prepared. The ride goes rain, snow or shine. If there is lightning and deemed to be unsafe, we will call the ride off with no refunds.

To find Absolute Bikes:

From Highway 50: turn north on G Street (just east of Soulcraft Brewing). Travel north (toward "S mountain") on G St. Keep going until you get to the end at Sackett and turn left. Absolute Bikes will be on your right just past the Steamplant event center. 

From US 285 and County Road 291: Follow County Road 291 into downtown Salida and turn left on I Street, then right on Sackett Ave. Absolute Bikes will be on the left.

Parking: There is public parking at the end of F Street, on the other side of the Arkansas River from Riverside Park (expanded in 2019!). From Absolute Bikes, go east on Sackett to F Street and turn left on F Street. Park and then ride back up F Street to Sackett, turn right on Sackett and ride 2 blocks to Absolute Bikes.

There’s also parking near the skate park (corner of 1st St/CR 291 and G St.), or west of Safeway on G Street between 2nd & 3rd Streets. From those lots, ride down G Street toward the river, then turn left on Sackett and ride one more block to Absolute Bikes.

After the ride

FIRST GO TO RIDER CHECK-IN! When you get to Absolute Bikes in Salida, we must account for you! Please report to Rider Check-In, so we don't send out a rescue party. 

If you raised $200 or more by Sept. 13 and responded to the prize selection survey, your prize will also be available for pickup at the post-ride check-in!

If you already purchased socks or neck gaiter when you registered, they’ll be available to pick up at Absolute Bikes before or after the ride. If you didn’t pre-purchase, you can still purchase them for $15 each at check-in.


Since we couldn’t do the post-ride party in the park, we’ve partnered with 5 local restaurants who have generously donated coupons for food and/or beverages. You will pick your lunch spot when you check-in at Absolute Bikes before heading up to the Crest. 

You will get the actual lunch coupon when you check-in after the ride!

Lunch options (quantities for each are limited):

  •  Amicas - coupon for $15 toward food and beverage
  •  HighSide Grill (new! next to Absolute Bikes) – coupon for $10 toward food and beverage
  •  Moonlight Pizza – coupon for a slice of pizza and a beer or soda (only available until 3 p.m.)
  •  Soulcraft Brewing – coupon for chicken tenders and fries + a beer
  •  Sprockets – coupon for a Sprockets Basket of burger and fries

FREE Discovery Pass!!!

As a special thank you for being a part of the Crest Crank, you get a Discovery Pass as a "virtual goodie bag!" 

Click here to get your free Discovery Pass. With promo code RTC2020, you’ll get over $600 in freebies and savings on eats, drinks, shops, lodging and experiences in Salida, Buena Vista and Poncha Springs. Discovery Pass is completely digital and you use the pass on your smartphone by logging onto after registration.


Event Schedule:

7:00-9 a.m. – Rider check-in based on shuttle time. Purchase any last-minute items at Absolute Bikes.  

Shuttles for the Monarch Crest Trail leave at their designated time! Don't be late – we will not be able to take riders who arrive late for their shuttles.

The shuttle ride up takes about 30 minutes. Arrive at the trailhead and begin riding. There will be an aid station at Marshall Pass –  CHECK IN AT THE AID STATION and tell them the route you will be taking down (Marshall Pass Road or Silver Creek). 

11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Shuttles back to Salida will be available at the Shirley Site. Shortly after reaching CR 200, look for a parking area on the right called Shirley Site. There will be signs. You can take the shuttle back to Salida or ride to downtown Salida on your own. Be aware that riding back to Salida requires riding along US 285 for several miles.

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Check in at Absolute Bikes to get your lunch coupon and any merchandise or prizes. Go to lunch and have fun!


As always, 100% of proceeds go directly to The Alliance to help empower individuals beyond domestic and sexual violence! Let's have fun! Ride bikes! Raise pledges! Make new friends!

Thank you for supporting The Alliance!



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