June 5, 2014
Spoke Talk is a weekly column by the Routt County RIders.
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This week wraps up a summer of Spoke Talk columns — yet another sign that cycling days are dwindling and snow soon will be flying.
Steamboat Springs' Bear River Bike Park is not just news to us residents here in Steamboat. Thanks to the Bell Built grant, the park has received and continues to garner national and even international attention.
The Steamboat Hike and Bike to School program kicked off two weeks ago and encourages students to walk or ride to their schools on Fridays, weather permitting. The program is sponsored by the Safe Routes to School Initiative and Bike Town USA.
Every culture has its own language, filled with acronyms, jargon, made-up words and proper names that have become mainstream parts of speech. Google “mountain bike slang” and you’ll discover dozens of websites dedicated to the cause.
Routt County Riders, Bike Town USA, the city of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. in partnership have created a waterproof and tear-proof trail map that covers all types of trails and suggested routes in and near Steamboat Springs.
Next week, hundreds of mountain bike enthusiasts, volunteers, trail builders, thought leaders, bike industry reps, land managers and government officials from across the U.S. and around the world will convene in Bike Town USA for the International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit. This is big stuff!
Steamboat Bike Park, now in its second year, continues to grow in popularity and in trails. The resort’s dedicated trail and bike crew, headed by pro-rider Trevyn Newpher, always are looking for new ways to introduce and progress riders in the park.
Want to see some different scenery from the saddle of your road bike? The “P’burg loop” is a short, fun loop that begins and ends in the South Routt community of Phippsburg.
To many cyclists and fans, July is the month of the Tour de France, one of the largest sporting events. Here is a collection of interesting facts and figures about the world’s most famous bicycle race.
Steamboat has a bounty of community parks. We have parks just for ball players, parks especially for dogs, parks with playgrounds for kids, a botanic park for nature lovers…and we have parks for our bikes.
We have several fantastic aspects of cycling represented here in Steamboat.
This week already has been a big one for bikes, and the best is yet to come. As part of Bike Week, the Ride the Rockies cycling event swung through Steamboat, there have been bike clinics, races and factory tours, a bike-in movie and special bike-centric happy hours.
Mountain bikers rejoice! Trails are drying out and opening up. With most of the lower elevation trails open and rideable and the gondola set to run next week, it’s time to start enjoying our vast and growing trail system.