Community Agriculture Alliance: Tour de Steamboat benefits community
Besides being one of the most beautiful rides in Colorado, the Tour de Steamboat, set for July 23, is a large fundraising event supporting four local nonprofits. In 2015, the all-volunteer Tour de Steamboat collaborative effort raised more than $60,000 from registration fees and giveaways.
Each of the Tour de Steamboat beneficiary organizations serves the valley in different and valuable ways: Partners in Routt County makes a positive difference in the lives of Routt County youth by facilitating partnerships between adult volunteers and youth. Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide provides suicide crisis support, suicide prevention and suicide support groups in Routt and Moffat counties. Routt County Riders unites all bicyclists in Routt County through trails, roads and pathways, education and events, with the goal of creating a fun, healthy and safe bicycle-friendly community. And, finally, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council serves as a resource and catalyst for building a sustainable community through education, programs and building collaboration among individuals, organizations, businesses and government.
With route distances starting at 26 miles, you don’t have to be a century cyclist to do the Tour de Steamboat. This year, the tour offers four distances — 26, 46, 66 and 116 miles — to accommodate riders of all ages and abilities. Everyone is encouraged to ride at their own pace, take advantage of the superb aid stations and enjoy the spectacular scenery and history of Routt County. Online registration is now closed, but you can still register in person at Ski Haus from 3 to 8 p.m. July 22 for an additional fee.
Even if you’re not a cyclist, you can still support the Tour de Steamboat nonprofit beneficiaries through two exciting giveaways. Eriksen Cycles and Shimano are teaming up to give away a fully built custom Eriksen cycle valued at $7,500. As a bonus this year, the bike giveaway offers one ticket with three chances to win. Tour organizers are also giving away a Momentum fat tire cruiser bike and a DT Swiss wheel set. Tickets are $50, and only 400 will be sold.
Have you ever wanted to try cat skiing, Nordic skiing or downhill biking? Now’s your chance to enjoy all the outdoor activities our valley has to offer (or share them with friends and family). The year-round Steamboat Adventure Package giveaway is valued at $4,000 and includes summer and winter lodging, Steamboat Bike Park and ski lift tickets, fly fishing, two Tour de Steamboat registrations, Powder Cats skiing, Nordic ski rentals and lessons, unlimited ski tunes and more. The great thing about the Adventure Package is that everyone’s a winner. All ticket holders receive a bottle of wine.
All proceeds from the Bike and Adventure Package giveaways benefit the four Tour de Steamboat beneficiary nonprofits. Tickets will be sold online at tourdesteamboat.com through July 22 and at the post-ride barbecue at Little Toots Park July 23. Winners need not be present to win, but wine cannot be shipped and must be picked up in person.
Anne Mudgett is program and development director for Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
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