Steamboat Springs Stage Race welcomes cyclists for three days of competition
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Cyclists will hit the road this Labor Day weekend in the Steamboat Springs Stage Race.
This year marks the 10th year of the Stage Race, aided by more than 40 volunteers and welcoming 300 cyclists from all across Colorado.
“I think it’s been a really great group of volunteers that have gotten behind it, sticking to a formula of a really good-sized event in Steamboat,” race director Corey Piscopo said. “Everyone loves coming to Steamboat. It’s just a great place if you’re going to go race a bike, enjoy the local restaurants and bring family along versus going to the middle of Wyoming or Denver.
“It’s not the same experience,” Piscopo added. “People love making a trip for an event in Steamboat, and we have world-class roads and trails — all of our cycling terrain is some of the best.”
The race will bring professional cyclists Gavion Mannion, local stars Jim Barker and Bryan Tate and a team of three cyclists from Team Rwanda.
“They [Team Rwanda] were here (in the state) a few weeks ago for a larger race called the Colorado Classic,” Piscopo said. “And they decided they wanted to hang around and get another race in. They’ve done our race before. They can be pretty competitive here — it’s a mid-sized event.”
Cyclists of all levels will be racing, but the professionals will cover 98 miles for the weekend. All will race the same timed trial from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along Colorado Highway 131 and finishing on River Road. On Sunday, competitors will have a 7 a.m. start on their trek west of town on Twenty Mile Road.
Amateurs will race in the morning and professionals will take the road from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday on Oak and Pine streets in what Piscopo dubs the “Nascar-style race,” where cyclists race close together for multiple laps. Piscopo said Monday will be the best time for spectators to watch the pros race in town.
The top-place winners will be determined by the addition of times from all three stages, and the fastest male and female will each receive a cash prize of $5,000.
“Whoever has the quickest time is the winner — it can be really close, within a minute of first and second,” Piscopo said. “That can be where the overall competition gets fun.”
Kids will also have the option to participate in an 8-and-younger race along Oak Street at noon Monday. The race will be a straight shot of 1,000 feet and sign-ups are still being accepted at Ski & Bike Kare.
All proceeds from race signups will be split between the LiftUp of Routt County Food Bank, Routt County Humane Society, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Bicycle Colorado and Steamboat Velo cycling team.
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