Sponsorship Day 2014 Raises Nearly $2,500 For Routt County Riders Fund
By Jack Burger
The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation’s annual Sponsorship Day raised nearly $2,500 for the Routt County Riders (RCR) Trail Maintenance Fund from opening day bike ticket proceeds on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Sponsorship Day, which was unveiled last year, has quickly become the seasonal kick off to the summer bike season on Mt. Werner and across the Steamboat Ski Resort.
“Sponsorship Day demonstrates the true partnership spirit of Bike Town, U.S.A., and turned out to be a great way to kick off action in the Steamboat Bike Park for a great cause that benefits the entire community,” said Jim Schneider, vice president of skier services of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “The dollars raised on this special day will go a long way in helping maintain trails across Routt County for a vast majority of the biking population.”
Routt County Riders’ trail maintenance projects across Routt County will benefit from the $2,460 raised on this special day, where 100% of the day’s bike ticket proceeds and $15 from every bike rental were donated to the club fund. In just two years, the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. has donated nearly $7,500 via the Sponsorship Day program.
Formed in the early 1990s, Routt County Riders is dedicated to all things cycling in and around Steamboat Springs, Colorado. RCR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Chapter club that continues to grow and represent more variations of biking, including downhill/freeride, year-round commuting, and adaptive cycling across the Yampa Valley. For RCR membership information, to renew or join visit, www.routtcountyriders.org.
The Steamboat Bike Park is an extraordinary new bike park in Northwest Colorado with nearly 2,200 vertical feet of lift-served, gravity-fed and downhill flow trails. With a base elevation lower than most parks in the Rocky Mountains, Steamboat has a vibrant array of vegetation with trails winding through large aspen groves and thick undergrowth, resulting in a truly unique experience. The trail crew, in conjunction with industry-leading designers-Gravity Logic-utilized the natural topography ensuring a thrilling ride that highlights the best of the mountain’s natural features, rocks, bridges, drops and man-made jumps, all while providing exciting terrain for all ability levels.
This summer, the freeride momentum continues as Steamboat unveils Tenderfoot, the new beginner trail, top-to-bottom and puts the finishing touches throughout the season on Flying Diamond, its second jump, flow trail in the Steamboat Bike Park. Efforts continue on the reroute of the popular Zig Zag trail. Unique mountain events round out the season all summer-long including the new Captain of the Boat Downhill series, Enduro-X races and the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) World Summit.