After wet May, local cyclists ready for Bike Week
With the wettest May on record in Steamboat Springs now over, local bikers are finally strapping on their helmets for a ride after waiting for the muddy trails to dry up.
“We all thought that the season would start in mid-April,” said Routt County Riders Administrator Wendy Tucciarone. “Because of all the rain, it had a big pause, but now that the rain has stopped, we can finally start the season.”
To officially kick off biking season, Bike Town USA and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort teamed up for the third annual Bike Week, which will run June 10 through 13. Without the Ride the Rockies tour passing through Steamboat, the event will be five instead of seven days this year.
“It’s a great event for the locals to celebrate everything that we have here,” Tucciarone said. “Bike Town USA has done a great job getting the word out to not only residents and visitors, but also to the Front Range and other ski communities to show them what we’ve got up here.”
Tyler Goodman, executive director for Bike Town USA, explained that the week celebrates biking of all kinds in Steamboat. Although Steamboat is better known as Ski Town USA, Goodman believes the opportunities for biking are comparable.
“The idea behind the Bike Town USA motto is that Steamboat has a little something of everything for cycling,” Goodman said. “Where else can you go where you have miles and miles of county roads that are practically deserted, a world-class BMX and jump park, one of the best downhill bike parks and a core trail that takes you anywhere in town?”
Bike Week features a variety of events, beginning with the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series Race and a women’s mountain bike ride on June 10 and ending June 13 with the second annual Moots Colorado Ranch Rally and Coca-Cola Movie on the Mountains at 8 a.m. and 8:45 p.m., respectively.
The featured event, Routt County Riders Sponsorship Day, is set for 3 to 7 p.m. June 11 and gives locals and visitors access to to the Steamboat Bike Park before it officially opens the following day. Lift tickets are $15 during the sponsorship event, and all the proceeds benefit the Routt County Riders’ trail building fund.
In conjunction with the Forest Service, the Routt County Riders are having a trail work day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. June 13 on the Hot Springs Trail. Due to the immense rainfalls, a section on the upper third of the trail not far from the Hot Springs private property collapsed into the river.
“We’ve had trail work days on the Hot Springs trail with the Forest Service since the 90s,” said Gretchen Sehler, Routt County Riders member and organizer of the trail work day. “We had not planned on doing a trail work day this week, but when the damage came, we notified the Forest Service and knew we needed to get it back in shape as a fun, ridable trail.”
For a full listing of Bike Week events, visit the Chamber Resort Association online.
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