The 12 hours of DISCO endurance race has quickly grown to be our biggest annual fundraising effort.
Thanks to all of your support, SIMBA through this race has been able to help YEP fund-raise and leverage over $9,000 into projects that benefit local youth, local trails, and multiple use trail projects throughout the county.
We would also like to thank all of our bike industry and local sponsors, our racers from near and far, our local BLM, Lemhi County, and our Local Option Tax (LOT,) for funding and making this event possible. See you at the DISCO!!!
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2014 Disco may have been the best event yet with a strong turnout! We got the rain just before the event and not during this year, so we enjoyed HERO dirt all day... Perhaps the most inspiring tale of Disco 14 was the battle of the Men Solo riders, the battle that is for 3rd place... AJ Linnell was the champion again in 2014 completing 17 laps at 11:20 hours, nearly an hour behind him was Ben Parssons with 16 laps coming in at 11:25 hours for 2nd, and 3rd was a battle for Cameron Lloyd to take coming in with 15 laps at 11:20 hours. In early 2015 superhuman AJ Linnell died in a plane crash near Challis Idaho, may he rest in peace, but his joyful and down to earth demeanor and spirit for riding and racing bikes live on forever. We are truly grateful for AJ gracing us with his presence at the DISCO and for sharing his spirit with all whom he crossed paths with. Many times the top champions in any arena become full of them selves, cocky, and arrogant and they loose their sole for the sport in the competition taking place, this was not the case with AJ. So Remember AJ, and ride on!!!!!!
2012 marked the first annual DISCO Endurance MTB race! SIMBA (Salmon Idaho Mountain Bike Association) was formed and teamed up with YEP to host the first ever endurance mountain bike race in Salmon, Idaho. We had 72 racers competing in the first race! All the proceeds from this event were leveraged into a grant with the CHC Foundation to help the Y.E.P purchase a building to operate out of and house our equipment. The building was home of the AGS store, a locally owned screen printing and promotional business. YEP hired and trained Amy Tonsmier and the Art Of Design Studio was born! Today The Art Of Design Studio trains local youth to make and designs 100% of the promotional items for the DISCO from posters, t-shirts, stickers, coozies, pint glasses and even web pages. Thank you AOD.
2015.... will it even happen??? Yes, and it was the best event yet...Yes, we always say that but it really was even with 100% chance for rain! NOAA had posted for over 10 days straight that there was between 100% and 90% chance for rain, but as it stood, what the course needed was rain. Our RD team knows how localized weather here can be, and we also know that the soils at Disco can take a lot of moisture, for this event we got exactly what we needed. Nearly 20% of our registered riders either were a no-show on race day, or asked for refunds and it got a little spooky here to moving forward with the forecast looming in peoples minds, our decision was that we would not cancel the race due to a forecast, and we will stick to this in future events. After the 12th hour was up, there was no dust to settle, we had all been riding HERO DIRT all day long. Thunderstorms danced around us, sometimes sprinkled on us, and then skirted around the venue time after time and hour after hour... a happy rider quoted "We may have just dodged a bullet here, but then we got to ride HERO DIRT all day!"
2013 Disco was a huge success!!! It actually turned out to be the 6.5 hours of disco because that is all mother nature would allow for this year... After the rain finally stopped, a postponed start time of 10 AM was decided on by our USAC officials. There were 171 racers that braved the weather. A dedicated crew of local riders and YEP trail crew alumni scouted, altered, flagged and literally shoved bentonite clay off the course as the race began. Good work guys! The multiple shot gun mass start sent racers off and onto a buff fast and smooth course prime for racing, some of the best trail conditions ever! The rain kicked back up in the afternoon and the race was called at 6.5 hours. SIMBA was able to donate over $5500.00 to the YEP to be leveraged into a CHC foundation grant which will be used to purchase a cargo trailer fully stocked with trail tools. The trailer and tools will be available to local area trail groups for the purpose of completing local area MULTI-USE trail improvement projects. Thank you to all the racers and supporters for getting behind such a great cause, and thanks to SIMBA for your donation and your dedication to Salmon area trail's.