Faces behind the ‘stache: Mustache Ride takes over town Saturday | SteamboatToday.com

Faces behind the ‘stache: Mustache Ride takes over town Saturday

A large crowed turned out for the 2017 Mustache Ride. (Courtesy CJ Berg Studios)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — They take to the streets of Steamboat Springs as the bike season ends and ski season closes in, and they ride with true ‘stache-style.

Continuing the tradition, the 12th annual Mustache Ride begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the top of Laurel Lane with the event’s first stop scheduled for 3 p.m. at McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft in Marketplace Plaza.

If you go

What: Mustache Ride
When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
Where: McKnight’s Irish Pub, followed by participating bars and restaurants
Cost: $20. $30 in advance, $40 day-of for ‘Stache Card.

• Mustache (required)
• Bike (duh)
• Costume (don’t be caught without one)
• Routt County Humane Society donation (as much as you can)

The one requirement of the fundraising event is to sport a mustache of any length and color — real or fake — and ride a bike from stop to stop.

The stampede of bicycles will cruise to Freshie’s after McKnight’s and then riders roll downtown. But rather than every ‘stache-wearer charging along the same restaurant route, as was the format in past years, members of the pack will visit participating restaurants at their own pace and in their own order.

Other stops along the route include: The Barley, Carl’s Tavern, Back Door Grill, O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill, Dude N Dan’s Bar and Grill and Sunpies Bistro.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Routt County Humane Society. In 2017, $16,448.82 was donated to the nonprofit, according to Cary Rentola, Humane Society development manager.

“It’s for the animals,” Rentola said. “Because of the generosity of our community, we have welcomed and saved nearly 500 animals this year.”

Donations of $20 will get riders in the doors of all the pubs, but an early $30 online donation or a $40 donation on the day of the event will buy a ‘Stache Card, which includes an adult beverage at each pub, bar and restaurant supporting the ride.

Faces behind the ‘stache

Nicole Kalinowski

• Why ride?
“I ride to support the Humane Society. I couldn’t imagine a better event to bring this pet-friendly community together.”

• How to choose the most ‘stache-ing costume?
“The goal is to think outside the box and be creative. There’s a lot of time and effort put into the costumes, and it’s truly amazing to see the stampede of art riding down Lincoln.”

• Tips on decking out your bike?
“I’ve seen people use cardboard boxes, lights, streamers and balloons. If it matches your attire, you can’t really go wrong.”

Jesse Miller

• How to choose the most ‘stache-ing costume?
“The stashe changes depending on the outfit, but it must always fit the theme.”

• Favorite mustache moment?
“Last year, I dressed as Wesley, the dread pirate from The Princess Bride, and a girl walked by me and said, ‘Now I know why men like it when ladies wear yoga pants.’”

CJ Berg

• Why ride?
“I ride for the animals. And to support Routt County Humane Society and to keep a fun, unique tradition part of our town.”

• How to choose the most ‘stache-ing costume?
“The more outlandish the better.”

• Tips on decking out your bike?
“Giant mustaches are always a favorite. Really anything that adds to and supports your costume is a bonus.”

Nestor Vidales

• Why ride?
“Fall, friends and donating to a well-established nonprofit with a mission that I support.”

• How to choose the most ‘stache-ing costume?
“My friends and I start shooting around costume ideas about a month out and plan ahead for time to make the costume.”

• Tips on decking out your bike?
“The more intricate the design the better.”

Jia Carroll

• Why ride?
“It supports a great cause, and I love seeing the costumes.”

• How to choose the most ‘stache-ing costume?
“We prefer to make all of our costumes by hand — like The Muppets group costume or Mario Kart – battle-mode costumes.”

• Tips on decking out your bike?
“Make sure to test drive your bicycle once decorated before leaving for the event.”

Lizzy Kendall

• Why ride?
“For the animals and to see people you haven’t in awhile – it’s a big reunion.”

• Tips on decking out your bike?
“Get a bike that decks itself out like The Penny Farthing Bike.”

Nate Bird

• Why ride?
“F U N, Fun and the love of rescue animals and helping animals in need.”

• How to choose the most ‘stache-ing costume?
“Lots of movie and TV show inspiration.”

• Tips on decking out your bike?
“Put a ‘stache on it!”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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