Bike to Work Day
Wednesday was Bike to Work Day in Routt County and Colorado.
Steamboat Springs The bagels were spinning off the buffet line as fast as the wheels were spinning in the street at the third annual Bike to Work Day breakfast on the Routt County Courthouse lawn Wednesday morning.
Organized by Routt County Riders and supported by a number of local businesses, the Bike to Work Day initiative drew together the serious riders and the casual cruisers from around Steamboat Springs.
Routt County Riders Vice President Lisa Shafer said the annual breakfast expanded this year as the number of bicyclists on the roads grew all across town. Shafer said there were close to 200 people who attended the breakfast on the lawn.
Rich Hager, a rider who works at BAP and Honey Stinger, said the event is intended to bring "racers and noncompetitive riders together" for social time.
Katie Gaylord, who ate breakfast on the courthouse lawn with her daughter, Rachel Nelson, said she was one of the noncompetitive riders drawn to the event for the first time this year.
"I'm not what they call an avid biker; I'm a cruiser bike lady," said Gaylord, who owns DeJa Vu Boutique in downtown Steamboat. Gaylord said she rides her bike when the weather is nice, and because of the clear skies this week she loaned a spare bike to her daughter so they could ride together.
Routt County Riders spokeswoman Riley Polumbus said the good weather also encouraged more riders to get out on the trails across town. While the national Bike to Work Week is in May, the Colorado week is delayed until June to make sure it is warm enough. That worked out perfectly this year, she said.
"People who may not consider themselves hard-core recreationists may get on a bike to cruise around town or have fun with their family," she said.
Bike to Work Week in Steamboat continues with a skills clinic at 6 p.m. today at Howelsen Hill. Sponsored by Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare, the event will include lessons on wheelies, logs, cornering and descending. Interested riders should meet near the horse stables behind the rodeo arena.
Friday will feature the first Steamboat Poker Ride, which will conclude with an awards ceremony at Ski Haus. Throughout the day, riders can pick up a playing card at Orange Peel, Ski and Bike Kare, Howelsen Place Discovery Center, Sunpie's Bistro and Ski Haus. The rider with the best poker hand at the end of the day wins a prize. Routt County Riders is requesting a $1 donation from participants.
Bike to Work Week concludes Saturday with a family friendly ride starting at 11 a.m. at Wheels Bicycle Shop in west Steamboat. Riders will cruise along the Yampa River Core Trail to Yampa River Botanic Park where a barbecue and live music will greet them at 1 p.m.