Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Bike Town USA

Like to ride your bike? Steamboat is as good a town as you’ll find for bicycling, be it on trail or road.

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

“Biking is an integral part of our community, just like skiing,” says Steamboat Resort Chamber Association President Jim Clark. “It help makes Steamboat a year-round destination.”

Riders participating in the 2016 Moots Ranch Rally.

Riders participating in the 2016 Moots Ranch Rally.

With voters recently earmarking $5 million in lodging tax proceeds to trail-building efforts, a world-class bike path paralleling the river downtown, 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, town’s bicycling momentum is rolling strong. Add events such as Steamboat Bike Week, the Tour de Steamboat, the Steamboat Stinger, Enduro-X Series and Steamboat Stage Race — as well as the fact that the town has twice hosted the USA Pro Cycling Challenge — and the nickname Bike Town USA seems spot on.

“There aren’t many communities this passionate about riding,” says Honey Stinger founder Bill Gamber, touting the town’s access to hundreds of miles of single-track trails. “People come here from around the country just to go biking.”

From the trails of Emerald Mountain downtown to gravity options at Steamboat Ski Area, a variety of road loops and new trails coming online on Buff Pass, “Steamboat has all the right ingredients of a great bike town,” adds Moots marketing director Jon Cariveau.

Info: steamboatbiketown.com

Steamboat cycling events

Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series

Held on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, this fun racing series brings out riders of all abilities for everything from hill climbs to cross-country events.

“It’s become more popular than ever, with more riders turning out each year,” says longtime series co-organizer Gretchen Sehler. Info: townchallenge.com.

 Steamboat Bike Week

Steamboat kicks off its biking season every June with its annual Bike Week. Organized by Bike Town USA, the week-long series of cycling events includes women’s clinics, discount lessons and rentals, Town Challenge races, the Moots Ranch Rally, bike polo tournaments, bike-in movies, guided group rides, parties and more.

“It’s a super fun week of bike events,” says Bike Town USA director Amy Stern. Info: steamboatbiketown.com

Moots Colorado Ranch Rally

This annual event features a 50-mile group gravel and dirt road ride showcasing area ranches, while benefitting the Community Agriculture Alliance. Culminating with an after party at local bike manufacturer Moots, the event is capped at 150 riders.

“It lets you see our amazing countryside on a group ride,” says Moots spokesperson Cathy Wiedemer. Info: moots.com

Captain of the Boat Series

  This series is held at the Steamboat Bike Park on Friday nights throughout the summer, providing a competitive gravity opportunity for riders of all ages and abilities. With the focus on fun, experienced racers can test their skills against the best in the ‘Boat, while newbies can enjoy a relaxed introduction to competitive mountain biking. Info: bike.steamboat.com.

Eriksen Tour de Steamboat

Benefitting local nonprofits, this non-competitive event draws up to 1,000 riders each year for rides of four distances, including a 26-mile loop out to Sydney Peak Ranch (963-foot gain), a 46-mile Stagecoach out-and-back (2,200-foot gain), and the infamous 116-mile Gore Gruel (8,000-foot gain). “It’s a great event for a great cause,” says founder Kent Eriksen. Info: tourdesteamboat.com

Steamboat Stinger

Hosted by Steamboat’s own Honey Stinger, this race serves up a healthy dose of punishment. Emerald Mountain-style, luring 500 riders to race 50 miles up and over Emerald Mountain not once, but twice, in a two-loop circuit. “It’s become a highlight of the summer riding season and gives people a great reason to come to Steamboat,” says Honey Stinger’s Len Zanni. Info: honeystinger.com.

Enduro-X

This four-stage race at the Steamboat Bike Park is open to riders 14 and older and benefits Routt County Riders. It kicks off with a practice and barbecue and also offers a Kids Pump Track Jam and Strider Challenge for the youngsters. Info: enduro-xrace.com

Steamboat Stage Race

This event’s uniqueness stems from its stage-race format, requiring racers to compete all three days, including a time trial, road race and criterium. It offers 10 racing categories for men and women, based on age and ability. “It’s a Colorado classic for pro-am racing,” says organizer Corey Piscopo. Info: bikesteamboat.com.

Steamboat Chamber Signature Events

Winter Carnival

February 8-12, 2017

Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K

June 4, 2017

Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup

June 16-18, 2017

Fourth of July Celebration & Cowboys’ Roundup Days

July 1-4, 2017

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo & Art in the Park

July 8-9, 2017

Steamboat Wine Festival

August 9-13, 2017 (tentative)

Steamboat All Arts Festival

August 17-20, 2017 (tentative)

Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Weekend

September 1-4, 2017

Steamboat OktoberWest

September 15-16, 2017 (tentative)

Visit SteamboatChamber.com for full details.

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