Locals 2011: Corey Piscopo
Of cycling and stage races
Steamboat Springs — Corey Piscopo says his passion for cycling probably began as a kid who liked to fill up on ice cream.
Unlike most children, he felt he had to get a workout in and then reward himself with a treat. So he regularly rode his bike to the nearest Dairy Queen five miles from his home in Sanbornton, N.H.
The other positives of cycling developed as he matured and went on mountain biking adventures in high school and raced in college.
“It just sort of grew from there,” Piscopo says. “It’s social; it’s exercise; it’s competition. It gets you into the outdoors.”
The 30-year-old moved to Steamboat Springs with Kristen Stemp in fall 2007. They now are engaged.
“We really were looking for the kind of lifestyle that Steamboat offers,” he says.
Piscopo landed a job in sales at Moots and quickly started to address some of the things that Steamboat lacked when it came to cycling.
“There are a lot of really talented racers and riders in Steamboat, and there wasn’t really a broad organization that focused on bike racing,” Piscopo says.
In 2009, Piscopo organized the four-day Steamboat Stage Race, the only race of its kind in Colorado. The event attracted 305 riders, and as many as 400 competitors are expected to race this Sept. 2 to 5.
“I think the Steamboat Stage Race really put Steamboat on the map for being a big cycling community,” says Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare manager Derek Hodson, who is also a Routt County Riders board member.
Piscopo also created Steamboat Velo, a local cycling team that supports more than 20 members.
“It’s kind of been low key to start out,” Piscopo says. “That may just be my style.”
A cyclocross event hosted last summer only added to Piscopo’s reputation as being a major player in Steamboat’s growing cycling culture.
“It’s just like every ounce of his soul is about biking,” Hodson says. “I don’t know if the guy sleeps.”
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