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Spoke Talk: Vive le Steamboat!

Kelly Northcutt/For Steamboat Today
Schedule of events Friday July 21 • 3 to 8 p.m. — Rider packet pick-up at Ski Haus. Saturday July 22 • 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. — Rides begin • 11 a.m. — Expo opens, lots of great vendors to visit • 1 to 7 p.m. — Barbecue and beer garden • 3 to 5:30 p.m. — Live music • 5:30 p.m. — Raffle drawing    

Are you ready to give current Tour de France contestants Chris Froome and Marcel Kittel a run for their money? Well, your big chance is just around the corner. Luckily this corner is a spectacular view of the Yampa Valley rather than the terror of a velodrome.

The Tour de Steamboat is set for July 22 and offers four different courses: 26, 46, 66 and 116-mile loops. The rides range from 963 to 8000 feet of climbing, sure to make you feel like you are on the grueling pass of Col du Galibier.

To get the full experience of a tour celebrity, the 116-mile race is led out of town by Colorado State Patrol. They say it is to maintain the pace, but we all know it is to make sure those riders catch some limelight before descending into self-induced suffering.

So why would you decide to sign-up for the Tour de Steamboat? Following are a few reasons.

  • See parts of Northwest Colorado that you have never seen, especially from the seat of a bike.
  • Feel the rewards of pushing yourself to achieve a difficult physical feat; or on the contrary, just do the short loop with a good group of friends.
  • Participate in your community.
  • Support local nonprofits — this year’s beneficiaries including Routt County Riders, Partners, REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide) and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
  • Wear your favorite spandex and get a whole bunch of local swag.

Speaking of swag, there is also a chance to win a ton of amazing prizes with the purchase of a $50 Tour de Steamboat raffle ticket.

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These prizes include a Kent Eriksen custom fit titanium road bike valued at $8,000; DT Swiss PR1400 Oxic wheel set valued at $1,286; Big Agnes camping package with a tent, sleeping bag and pad valued at $753; a Giant Momentum fat tire brew bike valued at $701; and a Primal wear gift certificate valued at $300.

That’s one heck of a bang for your buck — a single ticket gets you the chance at any of these prizes. There will also be lots of great giveaways at the event.

Now is the time to sign-up for the race and buy your raffle ticket. Registration closes online at noon Thursday and is capped at 1,000 riders, which they are very close to meeting. They also need volunteers. Visit tourdesteamboat.com for information on how to get involved.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to riding with you this weekend!

Kelly Northcutt is administrator for Routt County Riders, the local source for grassroots advocacy and information for all types of cycling, be it road, gravel, trail, dirt jump or BMX. Find the group at facebook.com/rcriders, routtcountyriders.org or email rcriders@routtcountyriders.org.





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