Spoke Talk: Bike Week heats up in Steamboat
When the snow melts, Steamboat Springs turns from Ski Town USA to Bike Town USA. We’re right in the middle of the third annual bike week, and things are just heating up. Be sure to check out some of the fantastic events put on by local organizations.
All week — Monday, June 13 through Sunday, June 19
Steamboat Bike Park — 20 percent off lessons and rentals. Visit the Steamboat Bike Shop at the base of the mountain for more details or visit http://www.steamboat.com/things-to-do/downhill-mountain-biking.
Thursday, June 16
Gravity Girls Women’s Downhill Bike Clinic — 5 to 7 pm. Join the expert guides at Steamboat Bike Park for this women‐specific program. Gravity Girls is sure to offer great camaraderie and skills coaching. More details can be found at http://www.steamboat.com/plan-your-trip/lessons/mountain-bike-lessons/gravity-girls.
USA BMX Local Points Race — 4 to 6 p.m. Head over to the BMX track at Howelsen Hill for the fast, high-flying action of BMX racing. Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, this event is great fun for all ages. Race details can be found at http://www.usabmx.com/tracks/1855/events/schedule?mode=list&month=6&year=2016#content-wrap.
Friday, June 17
Steamboat CycleART — Depot Art Center — 6:30 p.m. CycleART is a bike-inspired art auction benefitting Bike Town USA and the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund. Items for auction are inspired by cycling and/or constructed of bikes or bike parts. Tickets are $30 and include live music, farm-to-table fare by Harwigs, local craft beer and the chance to view and bid on beautiful art produced by local artists. For more information, visit steamboatbiketown.com/cycleart/.
Saturday, June 18
Moots Colorado Ranch Rally — all day (sold out). The Moots Ranch Rally is a scenic 50-mile tour of local gravel roads, winding through beautiful Steamboat ranch lands. This ride benefits the Community Agricultural Alliance.
Farmers Market Bike Polo Tournament — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy the Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. then head over to the Yampa Street “pitch” for a fast-paced game of bike polo. This is a spectator event you don’t want to miss. Tournament games, hosted by MainStreet Steamboat, are played from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bike-in Movie in Gondola Square — 8:45 p.m. Bring the family on foot or by bicycle to Gondola Square for an outdoor screening of “Eddie the Eagle.” Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets and stretch out under the stars. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Concessions open at 8 p.m. The feature begins at 8:45 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.steamboat.com/movies.
Sunday, June 19 — Bike Town Fathers Day at Howelsen Hill
Kids Mountain Bike Clinic and Guided Adult Road and Trail Rides — 9:30 a.m. Fun for the whole family begins at Howelsen Hill Lodge. While mom and dad enjoy road or trail rides guided by local experts from Routt County Riders, kids can get some great instruction from Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coaches. Meet back at Howelsen afterwards for some great Bike Town snacks courtesy of Yampa Valley Bank and PowerIce.
For the complete list of events visit, steamboatbiketown.com/steamboat-bike-week-2016/.
Routt County Riders is the local source for grassroots advocacy and information for all types of cycling, be it road, gravel, trail, dirt jump or BMX. If you need help or advice, contact us. Find us at facebook.com/rcriders, routtcountyriders.org or email email@example.com.
Matt Roberts is a Routt County Riders board member and volunteer.
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