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
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.
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.
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.
Think you have it what it takes to win the Jackson Hole Bike Park Chainless Race? Starting this Friday, August 8th, Jackson Hole Sports and JHMR, are pumped to offer a chainless mountain bike race series.
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.
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!
1) Take a hike
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.
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.
Riding the Candyland trail on Teton Pass
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. (more…)
While tons of activities are vying for your attention in Jackson Hole, there’s one we can all agree on: eating. So why not combine food – from an array of Jackson world-class chefs no less – with a light bike ride to assuage the guilt? Throw in some inspiring views, some friends, music and artists, and you’d have yourself a fine Sunday afternoon. Wait… what if you threw in a free concert at the trail’s end?