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Spoke Talk: ‘Twilight Takeover’ is Thursday

Wendy Tucciarone/For Steamboat Today

— The rain-canceled Routt County Riders Sponsorship Day at the Steamboat Ski Area/Steamboat Bike Park earlier this summer is a distant memory, with trails now riding great and nothing but sunshine in the forecast.

Sponsorship Day, scheduled the day before the public summer opening of the gondola and Steamboat Bike Park, has been canceled two years out of three due to weather, and Routt County Riders has developed a bit of a complex — cursed by rain.

But that didn't stop the Steamboat Ski Area from supporting Routt County Riders in a big way. This year, in lieu of trying to reschedule Sponsorship Day once the summer season was underway (and maybe in fear of the RCR Rain Curse resurfacing) the Steamboat Ski Area generously donated $5,000 to Routt County Riders' trail maintenance fund. That huge donation is more than twice what last year's successful Sponsorship Day netted.

To show Routt County Riders' genuine appreciation, we've planned a “Twilight Takeover” for the final Thursday Twilight Biking night of the summer, and we're encouraging anyone who enjoys riding trails throughout Routt County to head to the gondola, purchase a bike park ticket (if you don't have a season bike park pass) and enjoy this great amenity.

The donation that Steamboat Ski Area made to Routt County Riders has gone a long way this summer to fund trail maintenance — not just on Mount Werner but on trails throughout the area. So even if you don't often or ever ride the Steamboat Bike Park, come out and give it a whirl tomorrow and help show our gratitude.

Routt County Riders will have a tent set up and be giving away swag as well as sharing information on new trails on the horizon and more. There's nothing like riding the trails at twilight, especially this time of year as the days begin to shorten and cool off.

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Our Twilight Takeover coincides with the final race in the Captain of the Boat Gravity Fed Race Series, so some of Steamboat's best downhillers will be cruising the mountain as well. Bike Park tickets are $27 or $20 for season pass holders.

Those who prefer cross country trails instead of downhill bike park trails can purchase a ticket and take their bike up the gondola, then ride over to Sunshine, Cathy's Cut-off or Pete's Wicked and finish off with a cruise down the Valley View trail. There, riders will see firsthand the work of Routt County Riders' trail maintenance crew and volunteers, who earlier this summer made many of the switchbacks more bike friendly.

This summer Routt County Riders trail crews and volunteers also have accomplished weekly trail work sessions at the Bear River Bike Park and Howelsen BMX Track, assisted the U.S. Forest Service with a re-route on the Hot Springs Trail and accumulated dozens of hours of trail maintenance work on Emerald Mountain. Trail work will continue this fall, thanks to donations such as the one Steamboat Ski Area made.

See you tomorrow in Gondola Square. Just in case the curse continues… we've set a rain date for Friday.

Wendy Tucciarone is a Routt County Riders member, volunteer and the club's administrator.