Five Different Rides For Road and Gravel Riders...
It is the morning after the Tour de Steamboat and I’ve talked with several riders who are still feeling the stoke from the ride. That alone speaks to the great organizational effort that goes into pulling off an event like this. Five different rides, six aids stations, and 1200 riders brought together without a hitch, amazing.
100 Mile Gravel Gruel
I rode the new 100 mile Gravel Gruel. What a fun day! I managed to grab a Ski Haus Specialized Diverge demo bike and, holy cow, talk about a bike that handles loose dirt with confidence. If I had been on my old cross bike, well, lets just say I probably would be nursing a few colorful bruises and nasty scrapes this morning.
The Tour de Steamboat Gravel ride ascends Rabbit Ears Pass (where the Ski Haus aid station is located), turns south on Buffalo Park Road, makes its way to Gore pass via Forest Road 250, and descends Lynx Pass Road back to town. 100 miles of combined pavement and gravel.
Climbing up Rabbit Ears Pass you could tell that rain was in the cards for us somewhere along the way. Rabbit Ears Pass is a grunt no matter what you ride. Buffalo Park Road (Forest Road 100) rides just shy of butter with minimal wash board and pot hole craters. Forest Road 250 punishes you with momentum stopping 340 degree sharp turn and climb that kicks up right off the bat.
The glory begins descending into Rock Creek where speed is a factor and the gravel looser. An interesting combination for sure. I was grateful to be feathering disc brakes leaning into some sharp corners.
The ride concludes with more speed descending down Lynx Pass Road with Steamboat Springs kinda in sight… There are a few miles yet to spin but the climbing is done and all that is left is the spin home.
Mark your calendar
If you have yet to sign up for any of the Tour de Steamboat rides you should put this on your must-do list. All proceeds benefit local charities. I think you will be hard pressed to find a better event. Spread the word!
Photos, Left, Top to Bottom:
Ascending Rabbit Ears Pass
Top of Rabbit Ears Pass at the West Summit
Ski Haus RabbitEars Aid Station
Riding the gravel along Buffalo Park Road