Biking in Steamboat Springs
Like to bike? The sport of cycling is rolling stronger than ever in Steamboat.
From hosting the first-ever SBT GRVL and Colorado Classic races to new mountain bike trails and a world-class bike path along the Yampa River, it’s as bike-friendly a community as you’ll find anywhere.
“Biking is an integral part of our community, just like skiing,” says Steamboat Chamber President Kara Stoller. “It help makes Steamboat a great year-round destination.”
Steamboat has been designated a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and a Silver Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Biking Association. Voters also earmarked $5 million in lodging tax proceeds for trail-building efforts, whose results are surfacing every year with new trails on Emerald Mountain, Buffalo Pass and more (next up: Rabbit Ears Pass).
Throw in the Yampa River Core Trail, BMX, pump and free-ride options, a local race series, two bike manufacturers, downhill rides at the ski resort and events like the Tour de Steamboat and Emerald Mountain Epic and the town’s bicycling momentum is piling up like its snow in the winter.
“There aren’t many communities this passionate about riding,” says Honey Stinger co-founder Bill Gamber. “People come here from around the country just to go biking.”
Adds Moots marketing director Jon Cariveau: “Steamboat has all the right ingredients of a great bike town. If you like biking, you couldn’t pick a better spot.”
Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series: Held on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, this fun racing series brings out riders of all abilities for everything from hill climbs to cross-country events. Info: townchallenge.com.
SBT GRVL: This event drew more than 1,500 riders to town in its inaugural season (including several Tour de France racers) to compete in 37-, 100- and 141-mile gravel races along the pristine gravel roads of rural Routt County. sbtgrvl.com
Moots Colorado Ranch Rally: Sponsored by local bike manufacturer Moots, this annual event features a 50-mile group gravel and dirt road ride showcasing area ranches while benefitting the Community Agriculture Alliance. moots.com
Captain of the Boat Series: Held at the Steamboat Bike Park on Friday nights, this event provides a competitive gravity opportunity for riders of all ages and abilities. bike.steamboat.com.
Eriksen Tour de Steamboat: Benefitting local nonprofits, this non-competitive event draws up to 1,000 riders each year for rides of four distances, highlighted by the 116-mile Gore Gruel (8,000-foot gain). tourdesteamboat.com
Emerald Mountain Epic: Originated by Steamboat’s own Honey Stinger, this race, formerly known as the Steamboat Stinger) lures 500 riders to race 50 miles up and over Emerald Mountain not once but twice, in a two-loop circuit. emeraldmtnepic.org
Enduro-X: This race at the Steamboat Bike Park is open to riders 14 and older and benefits Routt County Riders. It also offers a Kids Pump Track Jam and Strider Challenge. Enduro-Xrace.com
Steamboat Stage Race: This event’s uniqueness stems from its stage race format, requiring racers to compete all three days, including a time trial, road race and criterium. bikesteamboat.com.
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