Steamboat Living: Steamboat Scuttlebutt
Bike Mechanic’s Best Friend
Sure, the mountain has its new custom-built downhill trails. But Mother Nature isn’t going down without a fight. Case in point: the Fish Creek trail, which has been luring downhill aficionados all summer. “We did it four times in 24 hours,” says Kyle Pietras, car-shuttling up Buff Pass each time. The first time, he broke the frame and rear shock on his cross-country bike. No matter. He hopped on borrowed and rented bikes for the next three laps. “I’ve ridden it on six different bikes this year,” the surprisingly non-bandaged Pietras says. By mid-September, his riding buddy Paolo Guidi had been down the trail 29 times, with Pietras hot on his wheels in the count. Broken bones willing, both expected to surpass 35 laps by the end of the season.
Snowshoe Series Hits Steamboat
Attention, cardiac animals: As if a bike, running and Nordic series aren’t enough, this winter marks the second running of a new addition to the fitness fray: the XTERRA Steamboat Snowshoe Series. The series include three races, each featuring a kid’s/family race as well as 5K and 10K events for competitive racers. Last year, winners of each 10K age group won entry into Utah’s Trail Running National Championships. “Snowshoe running and racing has grown exponentially,” says organizer Todd Gollnick, whose series also was sponsored by Crescent Moon Snowshoes. “It’s perfect cross-training for runners and cyclists, and is a great fit for Steamboat.”
In response to a 30 percent increase in its fan base last year, SmartWool hit the road again this September on its second crowd-sourced van tour, this time across the Midwest. The company’s social followers influenced the tour, including meal stops, lodging and even the music played inside. “During last year’s Fan Van tour, the loudest response was from the Midwest and East Coast,” company President Mark Satkiewicz says. “So that’s where we headed.” Through their website (www.smartwool.com/fanvantour), fans could listen to the van’s Soundcloud playlist and view real-time Instagram photos and Twitter posts from the road, all while chiming in on the itinerary. “It amplifies our promise to build meaningful, one-on-one relationships in every facet of our business,” Satkiewicz adds. The tour kicked off in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and ended in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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