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Take a spinning class while the snow falls

Zach Fridell

There is little doubt that Steamboat Springs is a cycling town, with cruisers regularly patrolling the Yampa River Core Trail and mountain bikes dominating the summertime slopes. But when the weather gets nasty, true cyclists don't give up. They go inside.

At Old Town Hot Springs, spinning classes are offered every day and are meant for all ability levels. The catch is that if you want to keep up with the ride, you're going to know you're working out.

Offered from November to April, the season when even hard-core cyclists take a second thought before biking through foot-deep snow, the spinning class rocks out with a regimen of fast music and faster pedaling.

Hot Springs Fitness Director Simonne Oliver explained that each class is designed to mimic challenging outdoor courses. The eight instructors take riders on flat portions, and up and down hills as they urge riders to change the resistance from the spinning bikes and their posture to mimic the changing conditions.

"You have complete control of how you feel on that bike," Oliver said. Some people come into the classes and pedal along without changing the resistance or following all of the guidelines, she said, allowing them to get a workout that's right for their ability level.

The bikes even mimic their outdoor brethren with Schwinn and LeMond frames and Shimano pedals — and 16 new bikes for the 2009-10 winter bring the total to 21 bikes available. Other than the high-end components, the bikes are appropriately low-tech. The resistance of the flywheel is altered by a dial on the top, and there are no monitors, gauges or LED readouts to distract you from the burn as the instructor shouts that you're heading into a long uphill. Instead, you are able to concentrate on form, speed and that river of sweat that drips off the end of your nose, falling onto the spinning flywheel and exploding in every direction. Then you know you've got a workout.

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For more information visit http://www.steamboathotsprings.org.

Old Town Hot Springs spinning class schedule

Monday to Friday: 6:15 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: 12:15 p.m.

Monday to Thursday: 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m.

For members, classes are $4 each or 10 for $30. For nonmembers, classes are $15 each. To reserve a bike, call 970-879-1828, ext. 0.

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