Registration opens for Cog Ride in Hayden |

Registration opens for Cog Ride in Hayden

— Warm weather has meant cycling season is already underway, and registration has opened for a May 16 charity ride in Hayden.

For the second annual Cog Ride, organizers have changed the format of the event to encourage more participants.

In addition to the 26-mile road ride, there will be a 27-mile “gravel grinder” during which cyclists will tour the dirt roads in West Routt County. There will also be a free 5-mile fun ride that will showcase the town.

“The event has grown,” said Wes Dearborn, who is organizing the event with Diane Heavey.

In its second year, proceeds from the event will again go to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

About 35 riders participated in the inaugural event.

“Last year was a lot of fun, and it worked out well,” Dearborn said.

To draw more riders, the event is being held earlier this year. Dearborn said they wanted to avoid conflicts with other summer events.

There is only one conflicting event this year that Dearborn knows about, but it could complement the Hayden event. The 30-mile Where the Hell’s Maybell Bicycle ride in Moffat County is taking place earlier in the day. Dearborn thinks some people might want to do both rides.

“These animals could quite possibly ride both rides in the same day,” Dearborn said.

People can register before the ride for $30 at There is also information on the website about the routes.

Day-of registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Wild Goose Coffee and Granary and costs $35. Entry fees include barbecue and drinks after the ride at Hiway Bar. The cost to just attend the barbecue is $10.

“It seems like there is a good vibe going around town already,” Dearborn said.

Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare has donated a cruiser bike for the event, and the post-ride party will include a silent auction bike swap.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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