The Salida Pole, Pedal Paddle began in 1999 and is a truly unique, multi-sport event. Following the path of the spring runoff, competitors start at the Continental Divide, on Monarch Pass with a backcountry ski leg, mountain bikes carry competitors in the shadow of Mt. Shavano to the banks of the Arkansas River where whitewater kayaks take paddlers into downtown Salida for an exciting finish. Participants can compete as a team or individually. The Boathouse Cantina in downtown Salida will host an after party and awards ceremony.