Chainless Bike Race Series | Race #1 Results & Photos

The threat of severe weather wasn’t enough to get in the way of an extremely fun mountain bike race on Friday Night. The first in a series of three chainless mountain bike races in the Jackson Hole Bike Park had a good showing and fun was had by all. The chainless format is a great way to maximize the fun in the Bike Park, and the Bronco trail has the perfect amount of flow for a chainless race.

If you missed out on race #1, make sure to get out for the final race on Friday, August 29th. The race will continue to be held during Friday Night Bikes, with registration/sign up from 4:45 PM-5:15 PM and race runs starting right after. Check out results and photos from race #1 below:

Third-place finisher Travis Fitzgerald works one of the top berms
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Meet the Chefs: Wes Hamilton and Roger Freedman

The big news on the foodie front this week is that the Jackson Hole community will be showcasing our culinary talents to the New York media and public this October 2nd at the historic James Beard House.  Chefs Roger Freedman, Executive Chef for Fine Dining Restaurant Group and Chef Wes Hamilton, Executive Chef at JHMR have collaborated to create Jackson Hole: From the Range a carefully curated menu of ingredients sourced from our region along with wine and whiskey pairings.

We’re super excited to see these chefs in action in NYC, so in the mean time we sat down with them to find out what makes them tick.

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Breaking Away with Crystal Wright

It’s a beautiful summer night in Jackson Hole, and a cool breeze whirls through the rodeo grounds, bringing smells of dirt, leather, and horses to the crowd.  We’re watching the break away competition, and the announcer calls Crystal Wright’s name; she’s on deck to run next. 3, 2, 1 and she’s off, and just as quickly, it’s over.

Crystal Break away

She didn’t rope the calf this time, and Crystal is disappointed with her performance.  But as she is exiting the arena, she sees us in the stands, smiles and hollers with a laugh, “Can you believe they gave me that scrawny cow?!?”.  We go find Crystal in the practice arena afterwards, where she is riding her young horse, Rock Star while she waits for her next event, the barrel races.
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Access August | Celebrating Diversity on the Pathways

The pathway system in Jackson Hole is expansive, with over 42 miles of pathway in Teton County and an additional 14 within Grand Teton National Park. One of the great outreach initiatives of local non-profit Friends of Pathways is promoting access to this expansive network among multiple user groups. With the upcoming Access August event (see poster and information below) on Sunday, August 3rd, we decided to get out on the pathways and explore some of the incredible ways in which people are use them.

This led me to get out for a fun ride on the Grand Teton National Park pathway network with Nikki Thompson. Nikki is a Jackson native who was born with Spina bifada, a congenital disorder of the spine. As an active person, Nikki rides a hand cycle, which does not require the use of her legs. Nikki is pictured below demonstrating her hand cycle on the pathway near Moose Junction.
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Teton Pass Bash | Saturday with TFR and Hoback Sports

Calling all mountain bikers! This Saturday the Teton Freedom Riders will be hosting a Pass Bash sponsored by Hoback Sports and the Stagecoach Bar & Grill. Free shuttles will be running from 11 AM to 5 PM and delivering riders (all mountain bikers encouraged, whether you want to shuttle DH or XC laps) to all of the trailheads on Teton Pass. Add in happy hour at the Stagecoach Bar & Grill and you have the recipe for an incredible Saturday of mountain biking and camaraderie.

Ride these trails (and more) all day long!

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8 Free Things to Do with Kids in Jackson Hole This Summer

1) Take a hike

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Jackson has some of the best hiking trails in the country. If you aren’t in the mood to buy a park pass, (after all this is a free guide) try hiking up to Goodwin Lake, or if you’re in the mood to go far, Jackson Peak. You will need a vehicle to get there, but the hike has stunning Teton views, and Goodwin is totally doable for the older kids.
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Support the Mountain Bike Trails in Jackson Hole & Teton Valley

We are lucky enough to have an incredible mountain bike trail system in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley and there is a long list of organizations and people that have been at the root of it. Mountain Bike the Tetons (MBT) is one such organization, and they are currently in the home stretch of raising money through the 2014 Tin Cup Challenge. Monday July 28th at 5PM is the deadline for donations to be matched, and those who love our trails are encouraged to donate.

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Riding the Candyland trail on Teton Pass

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Moulton Barn Restoration

The Youth Conservation Program is more than a summer job; it’s an action-packed educational opportunity that accomplishes much needed work in one of America’s most popular landscapes while helping participants develop a personal conservation ethic. Each summer in Grand Teton National Park, a group of 16 to 19-year-olds works, earns, and learns during this highly successful ten week program. This past week the crew has been working on the John Moulton Barn.moultan5 (more…)