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2020 Tour de Steamboat: COVID EDITION

06/01/2020 03:20PM ● By Rachel Miller

To our Tour de Steamboat Riders

Our sponsors say “we are in”!
Our beneficiaries say “game on”!
Our Yampa Valley businesses and volunteers say “how can we help”?
Our local riders ask “can we still ride”?
Our answer is, “YES, let’s do this!”

It’s with excitement we announce the COVID-19 Edition of the 2020 Tour de Steamboat (CE-TDS). Not a “sorry, see you next year” event, but an actual “train for ” and “ride the distance” wherever you live event. This year, the Tour de “You” is a day you choose to ride the original route you planned to ride, wherever you live. If you live in Steamboat, ride the actual routes, if you live out of town, map out a similar distance and profile, envisioning Northwest CO while you ride!

Kicking off on Saturday, July 18th through Sunday, August 2, 2020, we encourage you to enjoy a day of riding. Stop along the way, take pictures of your ride and the sights you see. Share with the TDS community your Tour de “You” ride on our Facebook and Instagram pages and on Ride with GPS. In fact, post your route, share with others who live near you, and want to ride your version of the CE-TDS. The idea is you are riding together, and apart (we request that you please keep a safe distance from each other).

Registered riders will receive their event packets (via mail or local pick up), including the following items:

  • Automatic entry into the drawing for one of three great prizes: A Custom Titanium Bingham bike with Shimano parts ($11,000.00 value), a DT Swiss wheelset ($1200.00 value) or a cruiser bike ($700 value)
  • Special commemorative T-shirt (you will need to update your registration with your size via IMathlete-via email coming soon)

Rider SWAG

  • COVID-19 Edition protective buff
  • Frame stash bag
  • Honey Stinger energy product
  • Skratch hydration product
  • Virtual SWAG bag code
  • Other items
  • Downloadable, interactive maps and support of the CE-TDS routes
  • Post ride food coupons, locations to be announced in June
  • A complimentary beer ticket at one of our partner Yampa Valley breweries

Video links and how-to’s for self-supported riding
Early entry and discount pricing for the 2021 event
Tax-deductible portion of each entry (contact us directly for receipt)
Pride and bragging rights for completing your Tour de “You”

If you are currently registered you will receive instructions on how to update your registration with your T-shirt size and confirmation of your waiver. Please stay tuned to your inbox! If you want to register, click here!

In addition to the items above you are directly supporting our beneficiaries who need your help now more than ever. These folks have spent the past year working to plan and produce the 2020 Tour de Steamboat. Historically, each beneficiary has received up to $25,000.00. Without you, this is not possible.

Recent news regarding our beneficiaries:

REPS is experiencing a 300% increase in suicide prevention and education support services requested compared to one year ago.

Partners in Routt County are currently projecting $180K less in funding this year due to a state grant cut, and reduced funding from resources affected by COVID-19.

South Routt Recreation Association, our youngest non-profit beneficiary, is building their programming and relies on our funding to implement their basic services.

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council – support is crucial this year to strengthen and develop Climate Action in the Yampa Valley region.

Leading up to July 18th, we will share tips on solo, self-supported riding, and route navigation. Planning includes gravel and road ride preparation, in rural, backcountry, and densely populated areas alike. All while maintaining safe, healthy behavior in accordance to CDC guidelines and recommendations. We will address how to find a route, prepare your bike and pack your jersey for the day for your Tour de “You”.

This year’s plan fosters what the TDS has always been about and we are really excited about continuing the tradition of supporting a community and its beneficiaries, uniting for a common good, and having fun while enjoying a great ride! Every year our event relies on your financial support for its successful execution and our beneficiaries depend on your involvement to accomplish their community goals.

Thank you so much for your support! For questions or concerns please contact us directly at [email protected] .

Tour de Steamboat Board of Directors
Katie, Abi, Tyler, Patti, and Ron

We hope everyone is well and we can’t wait to see where YOU ride in July!