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West of 105 Magazine - - Outdoors -

Ready to sad­dle up, clip in and join the masses on some of the fall's best rides? Read on.

Ba­nana Belt | Satur­day, Septem­ber 15

Part of Sal­ida Bike Fest, this 26-mile cross-coun­try course in­volves a dirt road climb and six miles of sin­gle track on the Rain­bow Trail be­fore re­turn­ing to Sal­ida. Races start from 11 am; food will fol­low at River­side Park. sal­id­abike­fest.com /ba­nan­abelt

Moun­tain to Desert | Satur­day, Septem­ber 22

The sin­gle fundrais­ing event for the Just For Kids Foun­da­tion, this course will take rid­ers from the beau­ti­ful moun­tains of Tel­luride to the in­cred­i­ble desert land­scape of Gate­way. Choose from 72, 101, 104 or 132 miles. Raise $500 or more by race day and get your race en­try cred­ited back to you. just­forkids­foun­da­tion.org

12 hours of Pen­i­tente | Satur­day Oc­to­ber 13

Now in its fourth year, this en­durance ride chal­lenges rid­ers to com­plete as many cir­cuits of the 17-mile course in Pen­i­tente Canyon near

Del Norte as they can in 12 Hours. En­ter­tain­ment, food and drinks make it a per­fect all-day event for rid­ers and their fam­i­lies. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit lo­cal youth cy­cling and out­door recre­ation ini­tia­tives in the San Luis Val­ley. 12 hour­sof­pen­i­tence.com

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