As I break trail walking to work on a day that boast’s 22 inches of snow at the summit of Mt Werner and a chilly minus 6 degrees downtown Steamboat Springs, I couldn’t help but reflect on the epic biking season we had this year. I must admit with all this snow I can’t wait to get onto my snowboard today, but I know within the next few weeks I will start pining for the endless back roads of Routt County and the hook up dirt on Emerald Mountain. Mmmm is it bike season yet????
The beginning of 2016 saw endless miles logged on my bike ride to nowhere. My brightly painted, Pepto Bismol-colored road bike sat in my living room faithfully waiting for me to get off the snow each day. Mounted on my trainer, it gently teased and cajoled me into “going for a ride.” She helped keep the spirit of biking alive during the long, cold winter while also helping me to maintain some basic cardiovascular fitness and generate many conversations with visitors about biking in Steamboat.
The biking community of Steamboat embraced snow biking on fat tires with open arms. Throughout the winter months countless pictures of fat biking were posted and discussed on social media, while many of the local ski/bike shops, like Orange Peel Bicycle Service, displayed fat bikes for winter rental. The trails in and around Routt County welcomed fat bikers, big and small, throughout the season.
Like most avid bike riders living in Steamboat Springs, March had me yearning for some much-needed time away from the snow and some soul reviving time back on the dirt, so off to the desert I went. Local bike shop, Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare built up my brand new carbon fiber bike with tubeless tires, a dropper seat post and a shiny new bell – what more could a girl ask for????!!! The desert adventure only increased my insatiable hunger for Steamboat’s upcoming bike season. Let the countdown begin.
When the summer finally arrived (and it took forever) it came with a vengeance, from frigid cold rides in warm booties and thick tights one day to sizzling hot rides in sleeveless shirts and vibrant shorts the next. Whoop whoop bring it on. The question now was “how was I going to best enjoy it?”
Steamboat boasted many biking events, races and rides throughout the summer. The weekly Ski and Bike Kar Women’s Clinics had a consistent turn out of at least 20 girls each week. The women’s biking community in Steamboat was growing in numbers and the support was evident. The Tour de Steamboat, whose profits went to local beneficiaries, had record numbers participating in the event. Riders ventured from near and far to undertake the new 2016 routes and see what the beautiful and scenic Routt County had to offer. The Enduro X brought in body armor touting, baggy short wearing racers who live off downhill adrenaline, while the Stinger race attracted the Lycra-clad racers who thrive on never-ending vertical feet!!!
So what does the 2017 biking season offer? More bonding with other girls on bikes. More biking misadventures. More trails being built in and around Steamboat. More community biking events. And more Bike Town,USA. Let the countdown begin …