Thousands of fans are expected in Steamboat Springs late next month for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge to cheer on hundreds of cyclists, but all the focus won’t be on bikers of the two-wheel variety.
Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports is helping coordinate a pair of events associated with Steamboat’s two stage stops that will promote adaptive cycling.
The U.S. Paracycling Challenge will sweep down U.S. Highway 40 just before the big race arrives in town Aug. 26. The Bikin’ the ’Boat charity ride, meanwhile, will take over the town after the Pro Challenge leaves Aug. 27.
The Paracycling Challenge will consist of a time trial on U.S. 40, throwing the country’s top hand-cyclists into a race down the highway. It also will offer fans the chance to meet athletes and try adaptive bicycles.
The Bikin’ the ’Boat event, meanwhile, will offer rides of two lengths. A 26-mile ride will send cyclists of all abilities and skill levels on a course around Steamboat.
That trip will leave town on U.S. 40, hit Lake Catamount and eventually return to Steamboat on River Road.
Another available option, one tailored to allow anyone to participate, will be a five-mile ride in Steamboat on the Yampa River Core Trail.
A post-event party will take place at Little Toots Park in downtown Steamboat.
Money raised through the events will help fund STARS’ program offerings, including skiing, cycling, fishing and water skiing.
The organization recently purchased 12 adaptive bikes — 10 road bikes and two mountain bikes — to help in that effort.
“Biking is now a major focus of STARS,” program director Craig Kennedy said in a news release. “Doing this charity ride not only is a chance to raise money for our adaptive programming, but more importantly it gives great exposure to disabled sports and its athletes.”
Registration for the 26-mile ride costs $50. It’s $25 for the five-mile trip.
Anyone who raises more than $500 for the event will receive a ticket to the VIP tent at the finish line of the Pro Cycling Challenge’s Aug. 26 stage in Steamboat.
For more information, visit www.steamboatstars.com.
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