Getting Dusty and Dirty at Rebecca's Private Idaho

As the road season was coming to a close, a group of riders from Seattle decided to go and ride the Rebecca's Private Idaho (RPI) in Ketchum, Idaho. I love this place so much. I actually lived in Ketchum back in 1997 where I learnt to bike race. So it was great to go back to my old stomping grounds we a great group of friends to ride some gravel. I definitely wasn't in form as I had come off my bike 6 weeks earlier at 35 mph and broke 6 ribs. So my preparation was not very good to say the least. 

The first evening was a team gathering at Walt's place... we all can't wait to go back it was that good. A beautiful dinner and great company is the best start to the weekend. 

We ventured around town, seeing the sites, and doing a couple short rides before the 100 miler... actually I think I clocked 90 miles for the ride. I was actually thinking of doing the smaller 50 mile rider but peer pressure me and a few others to do the entire ride.

I have to say the RPI ride was pretty long and hard. I was glad there were some stops to rest up and get drinks but next year I think I want to just keep riding and get a better time. The ride was just beautiful, riding along the twisting rivers, climbing over mountains and eating a lot of dust. The last climb was of the ride was so mind numbing. I couldn't wait to get to the top.

Mike Hone and family driving out from Seattle. Thule racks loaded with bikes.

Mike Hone and family driving out from Seattle. Thule racks loaded with bikes.

The first part of the crew reaching Ketchum. Good to be back in this beautiful town.

The first part of the crew reaching Ketchum. Good to be back in this beautiful town.

Morning spin

Morning spin

A nice even dinner was Walt’s place.

A nice even dinner was Walt’s place.

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The riders from all over the country attending Rebecca’s Private Idaho

The riders from all over the country attending Rebecca’s Private Idaho

Adam White doing his first gravel fondo

Adam White doing his first gravel fondo

David Marks getting into the zone

David Marks getting into the zone

Bill rand Eric ready to stomp

Bill rand Eric ready to stomp

We brought a crew to Ketchum for this ride

We brought a crew to Ketchum for this ride

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Our Specialized bikes were great on these gravel roads. Specialized S-Works Crux.

Our Specialized bikes were great on these gravel roads. Specialized S-Works Crux.

Had to slow Adam down somehow…

Had to slow Adam down somehow…

Pete looking dusty

Pete looking dusty

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Mike Hone