Cyclists gather on the courthouse lawn during the 2103 Bike to Work Day breakfast.

Photo by John F. Russell

Cyclists gather on the courthouse lawn during the 2103 Bike to Work Day breakfast.

Bike commuters to celebrate Bike to Work Day on Wednesday with free breakfast

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— Cyclists in Steamboat Springs will have two free breakfast options as they bike to work Wednesday.

For Bike to Work Day, the Bike Town USA group is organizing this year’s annual breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Routt County Courthouse lawn downtown. Ski Haus for the first time also will be feeding commuters from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at its location at Pine Grove Road and South Lincoln Avenue.

The Colorado Legislature has deemed June as Bike to Work Month. The fourth Wednesday of each June is Bike to Work Day and communities across Colorado will reward commuters for their healthy, environmentally-friendly mode of transportation.

“Cycling as a way of getting to and from work and your different activities is great,” Bike Town USA Executive director Tyler Goodman said.

He said the downtown event will offer grab-and-go foods donated by local businesses.

“Everyone chips in to make this happen every year,” Goodman said. “It’s really a community effort.”

Representatives from Routt County Riders will be at the event selling $50 raffle tickets for a complete bike from Kent Eriksen Cycles. The winner will be announced during Tour de Steamboat on July 19.

Goodman said they are preparing for between 100 and 200 cyclists to stop by for breakfast on the courthouse law.

Murray Selleck, a manager at Ski Haus, said that along with fresh fruit, a “monster griddle” will be used to cook up pancakes and sausage.

“It’s a full-on breakfast,” Selleck said.

This will be the first year the Ski Haus hosts a Bike to Work Day breakfast.

As part of Bike to Work Month, several Ski Haus employees are among the 23 teams participating in the Bike Commute Challenge organized by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. Commuters are logging their miles and winners will be announced at a July 1 party at Creekside Cafe & Grill. There will be awards for the most trips and most miles by a team, individual, family and by a first-time bike commuter.

In 2012, 204 Bike Commute Challenge participants rode a total of 16,755 miles.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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