Riders to pedal 30 miles from Craig to Maybell | SteamboatToday.com

Riders to pedal 30 miles from Craig to Maybell

Riders make their way up the first hill on their way out of Craig during last year’s Where the Hell’s Maybell? bike ride. This year’s 30-mile ride is Saturday.

Riders make their way up the first hill on their way out of Craig during last year’s Where the Hell’s Maybell? bike ride. This year’s 30-mile ride is Saturday.

John Jepkema has been pedaling from Craig to Maybell every spring for the past 15 years.

Jepkema will hop on two wheels Saturday, alongside his son, daughter and grandson for the Where the Hell’s Maybell? bike ride.

“It’s a family thing with me,” he said. “It makes a real nice family get together.”

This is the 24th year the ride will take place and is sponsored by the Craig Parks and Recreation department.

The bike ride will span a distance of about thirty miles and end in Maybell where riders can enjoy a breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs and pancakes.

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Tickets for the breakfast cost $6 and proceeds benefit Bear River Young Life’s middle school summer camp.

There are two departure locations for riders wanting to participate. The 7 a.m. departure location is at Northwest Storage, 4295 U.S. Highway 40. If riders want to avoid the first two hills on the ride, they can start at Western Knolls at 7:30 a.m.

The ride is free to participants, but T-shirts for the event cost $15. Transportation back from Maybell costs $5 and will leave by 10:30 a.m.

The ride is open to all ages, but anyone younger than 14 years must ride with an adult. Participants between 15 and 17 years old must have a consent form from a parent.

About 200 to 300 people are expected to ride in the event, but participation usually depends on the weather, said Pennie Bricker, an administrative technician with Craig Parks and Recreation.

About 270 cyclists turned out for last year’s event, which brought riders from all over Moffat County, Steamboat Springs and Wyoming, Bricker said.

Terry Carwile, a cycling enthusiast said he has been participating in the ride for about 18 years and will be riding in this

year’s event.

“It is always fun to ride out there early in the morning, eat some pancakes and ride home,” Carwile said.

But the ride is more than just a stack of pancakes, it is special because of the time of the year it takes place, he said.

“The countryside is really starting to get green,” he said. “There is a lot of wildlife along the way. You usually see mule deer and antelope. It is always fun to listen to the meadow larks. … It is just a really pretty spring ride.”

Young Life area director David Pressgrove said he thinks the ride is a “good

community activity.”

“It seems like people just have a good time making the ride,” he said. “There are definitely people who ride it pretty hard and there are the casual person that can make the ride, too.”

Brian Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or briansmith@craigdailypress.com.

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