Steamboat Springs 2013 Summer Bike Events
● By Grant Johnson
Steamboat Bike Week
Presented by Bike Town USA®
A festive week of family fun, live music, racing and excitement build to the moment when USA Pro Challenge racers enter town on the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 21, and the celebration continues even as the tour moves on.
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 17-18
The Steamboat Stinger is a challenging backcountry race showcasing Steamboat Springs’ single track. The Stinger comprises a full- and half-trail marathon in addition to a mountain bike race. Those who wish to take the ultimate challenge may participate in both events - the 50-mile solo mountain bike race, and the 26.2 trail marathon the next day - to be crowned King Sting or Queen Bee. www.honeystinger.com/steamboatstinger.html
Saturday, Aug. 17, 3:30 p.m.
Racers begin at Rendezvous Saddle at the Steamboat Ski Area and go up Sunshine Trail in a time-neutral climb. Timed racing begins at the intersection of Cathy’s Cutoff and Sunshine, with riders losing 3,000 feet in elevation along the way down mountain bike trails, through the Steamboat Bike Park, to the ski area base. www.enduro-xrace.com
Sunday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m.
Stage 1: Rawhide Enduro — From top of the gondola, racers descend 2,000 feet down Upper & Lower Rawhide (scheduled to be completed in August), to Wrangler’s Gulch, Buckin’ Bronc and EZ Rider to finish at the base area. Stage 2: Rustler’s Ridge Enduro — Individual start at Rustler’s Ridge Trailhead; finish at the base area. www.enduro-xrace.com
USA Pro Challenge
Stage 3 Finish, Aug. 21
1 p.m. Activity will center around the stage at Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Dancers, entertainment and kids’ activities are planned. 3:30- 4 p.m. Estimated time racers enter finish area; finish line is at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue. 4-6 p.m. Bike Town USA® stage awards are presented, followed by the Loose Change Band, playing classic rock and country music on the Eighth Street stage.
USA Pro Challenge
Stage 4 Start , Aug. 22
Mid-morning Racers gather at the Gondola Square stage for the start of Stage 4, which begins at the Promenade. After the racers head out, enjoy the family-oriented activities, from bungee jumping to the climbing wall, in Gondola Square. Parents, watch for a Bloody Mary bar. Test your skills on the extensive mountain-bike and gravity trail system at the Steamboat Ski Area. Rentals are available at the base. www.steamboat.com