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Spoke Talk: Who’s who in biking community

Kelly Northcutt/For Steamboat Today

In honor of Bike Week, we want to take the time to celebrate a few of our local cycling and trail advocacy groups. Whether you are on a competitive racing team, a beer club with jerseys or simply enjoy a spin with your friends, there are a number of organizations supporting your two-wheeled habits that appreciate your support in return.

Bike Town USA

This group actively works to promote Steamboat Springs as Bike Town USA. It includes all forms of cycling: cross country, downhill, BMX, road biking, family-friendly and more. Events include skills clinics, bike factory tours, the Kitchen and Garden tour by bicycle, the Bike Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race, a bike-in movie, new trail openings and a cycle art auction. Your support at these events directly benefits local bike shops and the following entities.

Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund

Hopefully, you have not only heard of this fund, but have also contributed your annual (or more) donation. This fund was created by the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and will provide a permanent endowment to support specific non-motorized trail and trailhead maintenance projects on public lands within Routt and Moffat counties. Its goal is to receive as many individual donations as possible. So, even if you only have $10 to give, the fund has strength in numbers. Without this fund, which guarantees the maintenance of our trails in the future, we would not receive approval to build new trails in certain areas.

Tour de Steamboat

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The Tour de Steamboat is an annual bicycle event that brings together 1,000 cyclists for a one-day ride through our beautiful corner of Colorado. Not only is it an incredibly fun event, but your registration and proceeds go directly to local nonprofits, including Routt County Riders, Partners, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. The tour is July 22, so register now.

Routt County Riders

Last, but not least, we are a non-profit IMBA chapter that depends on volunteers and memberships to succeed. As a bicycle advocacy group, RCR offers input to and through numerous governmental agencies, including U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Routt County, the city of Steamboat Springs and many more. RCR works to advocate for, promote and enhance all forms of cycling on trails, roads and pathways in Routt County. Your donation of time or money helps us earn grants and funding to create new trails and support cycling infrastructure.

Short version

Do it all. Show up to Bike Week events, bike to work, ride our new trails, buy your gear at local shops, donate to the maintenance fund, participate in the Tour de Steamboat, become a Routt County Riders member and volunteer at events and trail work days. Best of all, know that, no matter where you show support, all of these organizations (and many more not mentioned) are working together to enhance our cycling community.

Kelly Northcutt is administrator of Routt County Riders. The group can be found at facebook.com/rcriders or routtcountyriders.org and can be reached at rcriders@routtcountyriders.org.

 

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