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Everything you need to know about Steamboat’s 11th annual Mustache Ride

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Lip foliage, mouth mirken, ‘stache, Fu Manchu, waxed handlebar – whatever tickles your fancy — the mustache is a requirement for Steamboat’s annual Mustache Ride.

"In Steamboat, the first question in fall isn't what you are going to be for Halloween; it's what are you going to be for the mustache ride?" said Rob Peterson, who started the event 11 years ago with friend Nate Bird.

Continuing the tradition, the 11th annual Mustache Ride will commence on Saturday at the top of Laurel Lane with the event’s first stop scheduled for 3 p.m. at McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft.

"I love how much the mustache ride has grown organically from a few of us throwing a little party with mustaches and bicycles into a huge fundraiser for a cause everyone can get behind — animals in need," Bird said.

After a spin at McKnight’s, riders will cruise to Freshie’s, then roll downtown.

But rather than every stache-wearer charging along the same restaurant route, members of the pack will disperse among participating restaurants at their own pace and in their own order.

The ride’s eight stops include McKnight’s, Freshie’s, Old Town Pub, Dude and Dan’s, O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill, Backdoor Grill, Carl’s Tavern and the final destination, Sunpie’s Bistro.

"We started off just wanting mustaches and bikes, and all of a sudden the costumes started happening because that’s what we do," Bird said.

"Some of the best costumes I've seen are the ones where you can't tell who is in the costume," Peterson added.

From the Lorax, Mario Brothers, American Gladiators, White Goodman from Dodgeball, Pippy Longstocking, gnomes, cowboys and Indians and more, ride participants are always game to dress up during the annual ride.

"Let your style shine through," said Bird when selecting a costume for this year's ride. "Sometimes, they’re inspired by characters that have mustaches, and it goes from there, or the theme can come first, and the mustaches are added for flavor."

Besides the sponsoring restaurants — many of which also donate a percentage of their proceeds to the cause for the day — other businesses contributing to the event include PostNet, Steamboat Specialties, Elk Mountain Laser Design, Classic Air Medical, Honey Stinger and Big Agnes.

In its fourth year, the event was turned into a fundraiser, and now all proceeds benefit the Routt County Humane Society.

"We are all about the animals, no matter what kind is your favorite," Peterson said. "RCHS made the most sense, and after presenting them with the very first check, it really made sense. It was an emotional day to say the least."

Last year, the Mustache Ride raised more than $17,000 for the local shelter, organizers said, and since its inception, over $75,000 has been raised. The funds go directly to addressing the needs of the animals, providing food, veterinary care, medicine, the Safe Haven program, beds and treats, according to Jess Scroble, Routt County Humane Society animal care and adoption technician.

For example, RCHS provides 27,000 meals annually to the animals in their care, which costs about $10,000. In addition, the shelter goes through 550 large bags of litter at over $2,000 annually.

Humane Society employees and board members will volunteer at the event, helping take photos and selling tickets at participating bars, Scroble said.

"This started as just a fun group ride to give local businesses some business during mud season," said Peterson. "Now it's turned into something we never imagined was possible, our community rules."

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The Mustache Ride will award prizes for the following categories: best male costume, best female costume, best team theme, best helmet, best bike, and, of course, best ‘stache.

Above their mustaches, all participants are encouraged to wear helmets.

"We encourage fun and a great time but also encourage respect for our town, respect for other participants and respect for citizens not participating," Bird said. "It’s supposed to be a good time for a great cause so be safe and have a blast."

Donations of $20 will get riders in the door to all of the crawl's pubs, but a $30 donation online early or $40 day of the event will buy a 'Stache Card,' which includes an adult beverage at each pub, bar and restaurant supporting the ride.

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

Elements of a quality ‘Stache’:

 Nate Bird

  • Your own hair follicles on your upper lip
  • Your longer hair wrapped around to the front and tied into a stache
  • Your dog’s hair (yes this has been done)
  • Cardboard or construction paper
  • Makeup or a mustache tattoed on your finger
  • Them ones that dangle off of glasses
  • Sharpie – which used to be the punishment for showing up to the mustache ride sans mustache

Rob Peterson

  • Men: For starters, use your own hair, just concentrate really hard and you’ll have one. That’s what I do every day.
  • Women: Use your own hair, as in save some from your latest haircut and glue it on. You know, not a big deal.



Requirements for 11th annual Mustache Ride:

1) A Mustache (required)

2) A Bike (Duh!)

3) A Costume (don’t be caught without one)

4) Donation to the Routt County Humane Society (As much as you can!)


If you go…

What: 11th Annual Mustache Ride

When: 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7
McKnight’s Irish Pub, followed by participating bars and restaurants

Tickets: Donations of $20 will get you in the door to all of the crawl’s pubs; $30 donation online early or $40 day of the event for the ‘Stache Card’