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Spots remain in Steamboat’s Ride 4 Yellow

Aug. 8 bike ride benefits Livestrong group, local cancer-treatment charities

— Response ahead of August's Ride 4 Yellow Livestrong cycling event in Steamboat Springs has been overwhelming, event director Dave Nagel said.

Now he's hoping the final push up to that Aug. 8 event can fill the registration.

The signature aspect of the event will be the Ride the Divide cruise that takes up to 200 riders along a mountain trail.

"We're all confident," Nagel said. "We are six weeks out and just starting our push. We'll do everything we can to fill those 200 spots."

Seventy-five cyclists have registered for the 35-mile ride, which will go from Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass to the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. All who sign up will be required to collect $500 in donations for cancer research. Half of the money the event raises will benefit the national Livestrong foundation, started by seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. The other half will benefit local cancer treatment charities.

A free bike tune-up is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. today at Trailhead Lodge at Wildhorse Meadows to help raise awareness for the event.

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Among those recently registered are the 1980 U.S. Olympic crew team and mountain biker extraordinaire Dave Wiens.

"Eight of them just signed up," Nagel said. "They like to get together and, being the Olympians they are, do some sort of physical challenge, so this is what they're doing this time."

There will be more to the event than the Ride the Divide experience, however.

A ride will take place on Mount Werner costing $75, and there will be a dinner and auction headlined by Linda Armstrong Kelly, Lance Armstrong's mother.

Nagel said the focus was put on fewer, more prestigious auction items than might be found at a silent auction.

Bidding has started at http://www.proxibid.com and will be brought to a close with a live auction segment during the event. A weekend of riding with Armstrong himself is the showstopper item of the bunch. Bidding starts at $12,000 for a three-day trip to Texas for a ride with Armstrong on the weekend of the Livestrong Challenge, Oct. 22 through 24.

An Armstrong-signed biking jersey, Moots and Trek bikes and a private ride with Wiens are also in the auction.

"We are hoping these will really result in some good fundraising for us," Nagel said.

He's had some success already. He said the original budget called for $25,000 in sponsorship dollars, but that's already been surpassed.

"We have $40,000 already," he said. "Everyone has just been great. The enthusiasm for this event is really exciting."

If you go

What: A free bike tune-up day to help raise awareness for the Ride 4 Yellow event

When: noon to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Trailhead Lodge at Wildhorse Meadows.

More: The day will include free bike tuning and free swimming in the Trailhead Lodge pool, as well as a barbecue, all open to the public.