The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
My first trip to Sedona was back in 2007, ten years ago. I had a work trip that brought me to Las Vegas for a week and I decided I would need some nature in my life after that. My first stop was the Grand Canyon via Route 66 and then on to Sedona. I will never forget driving down Oak Creek Canyon and first laying eyes on the red rock. It was magical. Then, I discovered all the opportunities for adventure… mountain biking, climbing, hiking and did I mention the energy vortexes?
The first documents of human presence in the Sedona area dates back to 11,500 and 9,000 BC. Sedona was named after Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly (1877-1950), wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city’s first postmaster, she was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness. Sedona is rich in Native American Heritage, it was home to the Yavapai and Apache until they were forcibly removed in 1876. About 200 of the Yavapai and Apache returned in the 1900’s. Sedona first became a tourist destination back in the 1950’s. It has been host to more than sixty Hollywood films from early times to the 1970’s.
Not only is Sedona breathtakingly beautiful and rich in ancient culture, it also offers world class mountain biking. Sedona hosts over 200 miles of killer single track and is a featured in countless magazines. Simply put: it’s a bucket list destination people want to come ride. The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is bigger and better than ever, a three day mountain bike event with shuttles, awesome demos, main expo and a beer garden.
In 2016, Danielle and I attended while guiding a backpack trip in the Grand Canyon the week before and were completely blown away. First of all, I met Shonny Vanlandingham, a personal hero, XTERRA World Champion, who has won more races in National Off Road Bicycle Association (NORBA), than anyone, and has posted the fastest splits on the bike consistently. Rocky Mountain Bikes. We had the most amazing time and met so many great people like Ashley Rankin, owner of Shredly, and all the amazing people from Over the Edge bike shop in Sedona. We picked up some great shorts from Shredly, Troy Lee, an awesome seat from Ergo and some raffle tickets to support the trails. I got lucky and won a Knolly Endorphin and left with a beautiful Whistler bike. We made memories to last a lifetime and I’m excited to be there again this March 3-5th representing Trek, guiding rides and sharing that stoke with all the first timers.
Sedona is in my heart and I look forward to meditating along her red rocks, listening to the sound of Oak Creek, sleeping beneath her stars and shredding the trails. I hope to see you there.