It was fourteen degrees below zero yesterday. When we lived in California winter cycling was simply a matter of adding a layer and making sure the lights were fully charged. In Steamboat Springs the process is a bit more difficult, but the rewards are significant and winter conditions can turn even the most familiar trail into a new adventure.
We are lucky to have great fat biking. Lake Catamount welcomes bikes on their spectacular network of Nordic trails, and even grooms bike-specific trails with a flowy, single-track character. For the more aggressive rider, the Howelsen Hill Nordic trails are a great option and connect to a variety of single track excursions that will certainly test your will and bike handling ability. Even Mt. Werner is an option if you’re willing to ride before the mountain opens and stick to the roads (check the latest ski area rules before you go).
If, somehow, the above sounds miserable, you can certainly join a spin class at one of the local fitness centers, or while away some hours on the wind trainer catching up on all the summer movies you missed while you were out riding. Either way, you’ll enhance your ski fitness and be ready to hit the trails when the warm weather returns.
Since it’s a gift-giving time of year, don’t miss the opportunity to upgrade to one of the awesome new helmets, or treat yourself to a lighter wheel set. Bike lights have improved dramatically and there are over-mits and winter specific cycling shoes if you plan to make a habit of cold weather excursions.
Bike still muddy? Give it a rinse and drop it by one of our year round bike shops for a tune – you’ll beat the spring rush and be first on the trails when they dry out.
In whatever way you choose, be sure to celebrate cycling this season. Give yourself the gift of fitness, camaraderie, adventure and maybe a new piece of kit. Happy holidays.