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Spoke Talk: Steamboat Stinger bigger, better than ever

Nate Bird/For Steamboat Today







Steamboat Springs continues to headline amazing cycling events: the Moots Ranch Rally in June, the Eriksen/Shimano Tour de Steamboat in July and the Steamboat Stinger in August. As a result, the Honey Stinger crew trades in its energy food selling trucker hats for race organizer trucker hats. Already in its sixth year, the Steamboat Stinger is one of Colorado’s most sought after endurance events for both mountain bikers and trail runners. We love this event.

So, mark Aug. 13 and 14 on your calendar. It’s the Steamboat Stinger weekend. The bike race sold out again, and the trail running race is shaping up to host the largest field ever. With more than 1,000 combined athletes racing both days, only a few and the brave will compete for King Sting and Queen Bee, the fastest combined results from both full races. As always, the race has a charitable aim, with proceeds from entry fees donated to Routt County Riders and Partners in Routt County.

Thanks to the amazing new trails being built on Emerald Mountain, the Steamboat Stinger course is better than it’s ever been. The course will now take a right on Lower Stairway at the top of Prayer Flag Road, head to No Mo Bluez, then Wild Rose to the Beall/Ridge Trailhead.

By using Wild Rose, we are able to eliminate the two-way traffic, alleviating congestion and some danger. Once the racers have gone around and climbed up Beall, the course will stay on Ridge Road (Root Canal is temporarily closed for logging), then connect with Quarry Mountain.

Wild Rose also allows us to eliminate the Bluffs portion of the course. Racers will take a left at the bottom of Ricky’s Ridge and head to the base for the glory of completing this grueling challenge, great music, some tasty grub and ice cold suds as a reward.

New this year, at the base of Howelsen Hill, there is a Kids’ Strider Adventure Zone. This super-high-energy, kid-focused event is a safe and friendly environment that encourages kids of all abilities from, 18 months to 5 years old, to test ride a Strider Bike while improving and developing fundamental bike handling skills.

Have your own Strider Bike? Bring it. The event will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday during the Steamboat Stinger.

We can’t have this race without your help. Please join us. Volunteers receive a race shirt, lunch, a swag bag, a beer (21 and older, only) and a darn fine time.

To sign up, visit steamboatstinger.com, and click the volunteer button.

The Honey Stinger crew is excited to have everyone at this marquee event. Sting or Bee Stung.

Routt County Riders is the local source for grassroots advocacy and information for all types of cycling. If you want to help or would like more information, contact us at facebook.com/rcriders or routtcountyriders.org, or email rcriders@routtcountyriders.org.

Nate Bird is a Routt County Riders board members.


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