Steamboat Springs Steamboat is a town that takes pride in it’s biking culture, and it seems there aren't many days where at least one person is out on a bike in town, including the winter.
“Biking is a big part of who we are,” said Tyler Goodman, executive director for Bike Town USA. “It’s the unofficial form of transportation during the summer and it brings a lot of people together in its various forms of commuting or just having fun.”
That’s why Bike Town USA initiative and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association have dedicated a whole week’s worth of events to all things biking and to celebrate the kickoff of the biking season.
The festivities will include races, rides, clinics and entertainment for riders of all ability levels as well as free music performances and a bike-in movie.
And now that several trails in town are starting to open up, Goodman had some advice for those who are new to mountain biking.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t give up,” Goodman said. “Sometimes people may not have a good experience their first time because they are not on the right trail or if they don’t have the right equipment. You really need a bike that fits you and works good.”
He suggested attending one of the many clinics or taking advantage of the opportunities to speak with bike pros at one of the many events this week.
“There will be something for everybody,” he said.
Bike Week events:
Monday, June 9
10 a.m. Moots Cycles will host a factory tour
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. There will be a Ride the Rockies seminar with George Hincapie (open to the public), at the Steamboat Stage at Steamboat Ski Area
6 p.m. Ride the Rockies entertainment, Acutonic concert at Steamboat Ski Area
Tuesday, June 10
3 to 5 p.m. Happy hour at Kent Eriksen Cycles
5:45 p.m. Women’s mountain biking clinic, Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare
8 p.m. Ride the Rockies bike-in movie, 5Point Film Festival, at the Routt County Courthouse lawn
Wednesday, June 11
10 a.m. Moots factory tour
5 p.m. Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series at Marabou Ranch, www.townchallenge.com
Thursday, June 12
3 to 7 p.m. Routt County Riders Sponsorship Day, Steamboat Bike Park at Steamboat Ski Area
Sponsorship Day is held to benefit the Routt County Riders trail maintenance fund. Proceeds and $15 from every bike rental will go toward the fund (season bike passes are not valid on this day). Steamboat Ski Area will feature specially-priced $15 lift tickets for people to enjoy the Steamboat Bike Park or gondola rides on this day. Visit the Steamboat Bike Shop to purchase tickets and rentals.
5 p.m. USA BMX Race at Howelsen Hill
Friday, June 13
9 a.m. Moots road/ gravel ride, depart Moots factory for the Emerald loop (clockwise)
10 a.m. Honey Stinger mountain bike ride, meet at BAP on Oak Street
10 a.m. Moots factory tour
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Steamboat Bike Park open
6 p.m. Bear River Bike Park Jump Jam and Steamboat Shoot-Out photo contest
The Jump Jam will feature BMX pros and amateurs, competing with gravity-defying stunts and maneuvers. The highest two combined scores will win with the pro-open category competing for $500 in cash. On the sideline, the Photo Shoot-Out will take place. It will feature photographers vying for the best shot from the Jump Jam event with a chance to win the cash prize of $1,000.
Photographers can submit five photos on Pixoto before midnight the night of the contest before the photos are judged. Registration is $25 to $35 for the Jump Jam and $50 for the Photo Shoot-Out. For more information, visit www.steamboatbiketown.com.
Saturday, June 14
9:30 to 10: 30 a.m. Bike Swap drop-off, base area
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Steamboat Bike Park open
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bike Swap open, base area
12 to 4 p.m. Savor Steamboat, base area
This will be the second annual event sponsored by the Steamboat Mountain Village Partnership and Steamboat in the Summertime. It will entail an afternoon festival of food, drinks, outdoor adventures and live music.
7 p.m. Arrival, a freeride mountain bike movie by Anthill Films at the Chief Theater (tickets: $10 adults, $5 youths 17 and younger)
Sunday, June 5
9 to 10 a.m. Yoga for cyclists, Torian Plum Plaza lawn
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Steamboat Bike Park open
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