The 2011 Steamboat Springs Bike Guide features everything from trail maps and ride descriptions to bike-safety tips, a cycling events calendar, and information about community cycling programs and initiatives.

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The 2011 Steamboat Springs Bike Guide features everything from trail maps and ride descriptions to bike-safety tips, a cycling events calendar, and information about community cycling programs and initiatives.

2011 Steamboat Springs Bike Guide debuts Friday

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— The 2011 Steamboat Springs Bike Guide, the community’s first free cycling-specific publication, makes its debut inside Friday’s newspaper. The 88-page guide is the product of a partnership of Leadership Steamboat, the Bike Town USA Initiative, the Steamboat Pilot & Today and Explore Steamboat.

The comprehensive guide features everything from trail maps and ride descriptions to bike-safety tips, a cycling events calendar, and information about community cycling programs and initiatives.

Grant Fenton, chairman of the Bike Town USA Initiative that seeks to establish Steamboat Springs as a world-class cycling destination, said one of the 12 stated goals of the group was to produce a bike guide by the end of 2011.

“We recognized there is an enormous amount of bike-related assets in this community, and we needed a means of getting that information out,” Fenton said.

This year’s Leadership Steamboat class took on the task of organizing and producing the bulk of the content for the Bike Guide. The Pilot & Today produced the guide at cost, including all advertising sales and design, editorial design and layout, and printing. The Pilot & Today is donating all profits from Bike Guide ad sales to the Bike Town USA Initiative.

“I can’t give enough praise to both Leadership Steamboat and the staff of the Steamboat Pilot & Today for the enormous effort and sacrifice they contributed to this,” Fenton said.

A robust online component to the Bike Guide is in the works.

“It is just the beginning,” Fenton said.

In addition to being inserted into Friday’s paper, the Bike Guide will be available in all local bicycle shops as well as through area lodging properties, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s visitors center and numerous other outlets across the community.

“We’re excited about the Bike Town USA Initiative and believe it offer tremendous opportunities for our community,” Pilot & Today General Manager Scott Stanford said. “The work of Leadership Steamboat and the support of local advertisers shows how much interest there is in cycling and how big a role it can play in the future of our city.”

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