Schweitzer Mountain Road, Sandpoint, IDAHO

The Idaho road and mountain biking scene is fabulous and getting better with each newly paved mile or developed singletrack. Northern Idaho's Sandpoint area is especially an emerging cyclist's mecca after being named "America's Most Beautiful Small Town in America"!

Sandpoint sits on the most-traveled bike route across the United States, the Northern Tier. It's one of the best stops along the awesome Selkirk Loop, an award-winning international scenic byway linking us to fabulous British Columbia. Sandpoint's ski resort, Schweitzer, was a premier stop of the NORBA Nationals; just the paved access road is a Category climb of 2400vft in 8.6 miles and it's chairlift-served downhill trails sport names like Alter Boy and Pinchflat. The CHaFE 150, a 1-day ride through northern Idaho and western Montana featuring no mountain passes, is quickly becoming the Spring charity ride to do.

WNRS: Wednesday Night Ride Series is a mountain bike event produced by Ken and held at Idaho's Farragut State Park every July. This fun, quasi-competitive time-trial builds stamina, character, an appetite for good BBQ and patience to sit through the participant raffle. Each evening sees upwards of 80 participants of all stripes from Norba experts to "I just got this bike" folks. Come on and join us Wednesday nights in July!

Whether it's mountain or road, northern Idaho is incredibly diverse and can keep any avid cyclsit spinning for days without riding the same route twice! Sandpoint's big differences? Up here we have huge lakes and trees, a remarkable lack of crowds and an endless variety of riding options. Click the links below for more on each.