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Annual Hayden Cog Ride celebrates history, landscape

Ferry Carpenter, a well-known figure in Hayden, sits astride his bicycle at Oak Point. Carpenter would ride the Cog regularly from his homestead to town in the early 1900s. At Saturday's Third annual Ride the Cog fundraiser, participants can take part in three different bike rides while supporting the Hayden Heritage Center.

— In the Yampa Valley, the bike craze started as early as the 1900s, and that bicycle heritage continues Saturday with Hayden’s Third annual Ride the Cog fundraiser.

If You Go…

What: Third annual Ride The Cog fundraiser

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21

Where: The Wild Goose Coffee (198 E. Lincoln Ave., Hayden Co 81639)

"I've had the privilege to bike all over the world, and riding the mountain bike loop at this time of year is among the most beautiful rides I've ever done," said Patrick Delaney, owner of Wild Goose Coffee at the Granary, president of the Hayden Heritage Center board and one of the organizers for the Ride the Cog event. "I think it's the fact that you can ride on those dirt roads, then have the beautiful green fields and snow-capped mountains in the distance. There's also a really rich history of the Elk Head community that makes it an all around, perfect combination."


This weekend’s event offers an opportunity to celebrate Hayden's history, while experiencing a landscape many may not have had a chance to see.

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Saturday marks the Third annual Ride the Cog event, which will include a 26-mile road ride and a 25-mile "gravel grinder," during which cyclists will tour the dirt roads in West Routt County. There will also be a free 5-mile fun ride to showcase the town.

The long rides will head out at 11 a.m., and the fun ride begins at 11:15. To celebrate the day's ride on the historical Cog, an after party will follow at the HiWay Bar and will feature live music by the Hanley Geppert Band, a silent auction, food and local beer from the Yampa Valley Brewery.

"There's a whole different flair to the area," said Wes Dearborn, who originally started the event as a way to raise money for ALS Therapy Development Institute. "I don't think a lot of people get to that area much. It's a ride that gives you an interesting perspective and access to get into this area."

This year, Dearborn has given the event over to the Hayden Heritage Center, the new beneficiary of the event. All proceeds will be directed towards the museum's upcoming expansion projects.

"There's a lot of history of riding in the summertime, as people would commute in and out of town," Dearborn said. "I thought it would be a great thing to switch this from an ALS fundraiser to the museum, because of the fact that it's in my hometown, and I think it's important to hold on to our heritage and support the history here."

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at Wild Goose Coffee, located in the Hayden Granary Building, 198 E. Lincoln Ave., Hayden. Online registration, which ends at 5 p.m. Friday, is $30. Day-of, onsite registration is $40.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

If You Go…

What: Third annual Ride The Cog fundraiser

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21

Where: The Wild Goose Coffee (198 E. Lincoln Ave., Hayden Co 81639)