Registration for 2015 Moots Colorado Ranch Rally opens |

Registration for 2015 Moots Colorado Ranch Rally opens

— Registration for the 2015 Moots Colorado Ranch Rally is open, and spokesperson Cathy Wiedemer said this unique ride is about a lot more than logging a few miles on a bike.

“This is a chance to support our agricultural community and to stay connected to what really matters in Routt County,” Wiedemer said.

The 50-mile ride through the ranchlands of Routt County will take place June 13. Forty-five miles of the route will take place on dirt roads, with the ride beginning and ending at the Moots Factory. The route, which includes Routt County Roads 44, 52E, 56 and 129, will take cyclists past several historic ranches in Routt County and expose them to the dirt road possibilities that can be found in the rolling terrain that surrounds Steamboat Springs.

“It basically takes the riders around Sleeping Giant,” Wiedemer said. “We have some great dirt roads in this area, and this ride is a chance for riders to get out and experience what it is like to ride on them.”

This year, the race will be limited to the first 150 cyclists to register, which is up 50 riders from the opening event in 2014. That year the field was limited to the first 100 riders, and the event nearly filled in its first year.

The registration costs is $100 per rider and includes pastries and coffee the morning of the ride, lunch at a nearby ranch, a Moots factory tour, an event T-shirt, water bottle and bandana, locally raised beef jerky and a catered social at Moots headquarters.

All proceeds from the ride will benefit the Community Agriculture Alliance.

The ride is a non-timed, non-competitive ride where participants are encouraged to pedal at their own pace. There are no awards for top finishes, just the chance to ride in some of the most scenic countryside in Colorado.

Participants will also be entered into a drawing where the top prize is a Moots Routt frame.

“This is just a great opportunity to get out on your bike and support something that touches all of us in Routt County,” Wiedemer said. “It’s also a chance to discover what our county has to offer with other people who enjoy riding.”

She said a small group of local biking enthusiasts have already registered for this year’s ride, and organizers expect the event to fill up.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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