Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Bike Town USA

Steamboat Springs’ bicycling momentum is rolling strong.

Voters recently approved more than $5 million in lodging tax proceeds to build more trails, town recently won a $33,000 grant from Bell Helmets to build the Bear River Bike Park, and the International Mountain Bicycling Association chose Steamboat to host its 2014 World Summit for the event’s first stop in Colorado.

Add to this a world-class bike path, miles of trail improvements, ride to work and school initiatives, new BMX, pump and freeride options, a local race series, two bike manufacturers, new downhill rides at the ski resort, events like the Tour de Steamboat, Steamboat Stinger and revamped Endro-X Series, and it’s easy to see why there’s so much hoopla about this bicycling hamlet.

It’s enough that the League of American Bicyclists recently awarded Steamboat its Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community designation, and IMBA labeled it a Bronze Level Riding Center, one of only 17 such designations in the world.

“Biking help makes Steamboat a year-round destination,” says Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern, whose organization has hosted several national bike media events in town over the past few years. “It’s an integral part of our community, just like skiing.”

The movement has hosted two nationally recognized Bike Summit meetings, produces the annual Steamboat Springs Bike Guide, and has twice attracted the USA Pro Challenge to town, with the tour planning another visit in 2015. But it’s the town’s riding options that comprise the backbone of this biking movement.

“People are coming here from around the country just to go biking,” Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare owner Harry Martin says. “That’s the main reason it’s getting so much attention. There are just a ton of different options you can do right from town.” Adds Honey Stinger founder Bill Gamber, also an avid rider: “There aren’t many communities this passionate about riding.”

From the town’s lineup of annual bike events to a world-class bike path to marquee bike manufacturers Kent Eriksen Cycles and Moots calling Steamboat home, riding bikes is on everyone’s radar.

“Steamboat’s access to riding is pretty unique, from Emerald Mountain downtown to its road loops and freeride trails,” Moots Marketing Director Jon Cariveau says. “It has all the right ingredients.”

Mix those together with a passionate cycling community and Steamboat is the ideal place to pedal, whether it’s on skinny tires or those for the trail. Info: www.steamboatbiketown.com.

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