Annual Bike Week events begin Monday
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs Bike Town USA Initiative’s Third annual Bike Week kicks off June 13 and runs through June 19.
Events taking place through the week include bike factory tours, organized races, outings and clinics, a bike-inspired art auction and more.
“We’re hoping it’s going to be a great week for locals and visitors alike,” said Amy Stern, Bike Town USA director. “There’s something for everyone on two wheels.”
Events begin at 10 a.m. June 13 with a tour of Moots, which has produced titanium bikes in Steamboat Springs since 1981. The factory is located at 2545 Copper Ridge Drive, and a second tour will take place at the same time June 15.
The week includes two female-specific events — a women’s mountain biking group ride organized by Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare at 5:45 p.m June 14 beginning at the store on Fifth Street and a Gravity Girls downhill biking clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. June 16 beginning at the Steamboat Bike Park.
The Bike Town Classic mountain biking race, part of the Town Challenge racing series, takes place June 15 on Emerald Mountain. The updated race course will utilize several of the hill’s newer trails.
“This is the second installment of the Town Challenge, and it’s open to racers of all ages,” Stern said.
On June 16, a USA BMX Local Points Race will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the BMX track at Howelsen Hill.
On June 17, a bike-inspired art auction, Steamboat Cycle Art, takes places from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.
The event includes silent and live auctions of work by local artists, including pieces inspired by or composed of found bicycles and parts, live music and local food and beer.
“We have 19 pieces of bike-inspired art, most of which are by local artists,” Stern said.
Tickets are $30, and proceeds from the event benefit Bike Town USA and The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.
A trio of bike-themed events are slated for June 18.
The sold-out Moots Colorado Ranch Rally, a scenic, non-competitive 50-mile tour of local gravel roads through ranch lands takes place in the morning, benefiting the Community Agriculture Alliance.
A bike polo tournament, a new event for this year’s Bike Week, happens during the Steamboat Springs Farmers Market between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 18.
“Picture polo on horses, but instead of horses, it’s bicycles,” Stern said.
The event is hosted by Main Street Steamboat and will include tournament games great for spectators.
Last up June 18 will be a bike-in showing of “Eddie the Eagle” at Gondola Square at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. Guests can bring lawn chairs and blankets for the movie, which begins at 8:45 p.m.
Bike week wraps up June 19 with a kids mountain bike clinic and guided adult road and trail rides beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Howelsen Hill lodge. Rides will be guided by experts from Routt County Riders, and children can receive instruction from Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coaches.
Visit steamboatbiketown.com/steamboat-bike-week-2016 for more information on all of the week’s events.
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