Meet the Fat Bike Winter Grooming Challenge from Yampa Valley Bank! Do you want groomed trails to ride your fat bike? Here’s the answer! Yampa Valley Bank has generously offered to donate $2088 to Routt County Riders for winter grooming on Emerald. This is a matching challenge, so we as a biking community need to match or exceed that amount! The city doesn’t have the equipment or the budget to groom NPR or Prayer Flag Road. If you want to ride these during the winter (or if you like to ski or snowshoe on those trails), please donate using the Yampa Valley Gives link on the RCR page today! We need fuel, groomer modifications, and a newer, wide track snowmobile in order to continue the grooming effort. (We also accept in-kind donations.) The deadline to meet the challenge is February 13th, but don’t wait until the last minute. Give today, so you can ride all winter!
Colorado Gives Day is Dec 6th! This is a great date to donate to RCR, since your dollars count toward additional donations from the Colorado Gives incentive fund. Community First Foundation and FirstBank are each contributing $500,000 to create a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. At the completion of Colorado Gives Day, the Foundation will determine each nonprofit’s proportionate share of the incentive fund by dividing the total amount each charity raised by the total amount of donations to all participating nonprofits. This amount will then be multiplied by the total amount of dollars in the Incentive Fund. Also, Yampa Valley Community Foundation is covering all credit card fees (normally 2%) for donations received on Colorado Gives Day. Maximize your giving, and do it on the 6th! Click on the green Colorado Gives link to the right!
Come join us at Highline Lake State Park in Fruita(Loma) Colorado for our annual fall bike trip. The weather is looking perfect to enjoy the fun trails around Fruita. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.
What is an e-Bike? Well, “e” is short for electric; it’s a bike equipped with an electric motor to lessen pedal resistance and “assist” the rider. With falling prices and improving technology, their popularity is increasing.
The e-bike categorization of class 1-4 system appears to becoming the standard, but definitions currently still vary between land managers and even between different documents guiding the same land manager.
- Class 1 e-bikes are pedal assist only. The electric drive system on the bike must be activated through a pedaling action and is limited to 20 mph.
- Class 2 e-bikes are “Throttle on Demand”, where the electric drive system can be activated using a throttle and has the same top speed as Class 1.
- Class 3 e-bikes are known as “Speed Pedelec” and have a throttle element capable of powering the rider up to 20 mph on motor power, or up to 28 mph if the rider is also pedaling.
- Class 4 e-bikes are grouped with mopeds and motorcycles. The electric drive system can be activated through pedaling or throttle and may exceed 28 mph.
How might these bikes impact cycling in Routt County? We, as the local bicycle advocacy organization, get more and more questions about electric bicycles. We answer as best we can, but ultimately it is the land manager (City of Steamboat, Routt County, BLM, USFS) who are responsible for setting, communicating and enforcing policy on e-bikes
Some residents in Steamboat often live up a hill that might negate riding home. With an e-bike, it makes that hill just a bit easier. Errands become a little easier with an e-bike. Older riders or people coming back from injury might find an e-bike a welcome addition.
Locally, most trails around Steamboat are on public lands. In addition to the federal, state and local regulations, some of the public lands also have conservation easements that place additional requirements on specific properties.
The US Forest Service classifies e-bikes as motor vehicles. So, e-bikes are not allowed in non-motorized areas. The State of Colorado has an opt in/out policy on local trails and sidewalks. A local jurisdiction may either opt in to allow them on trails or opt out on sidewalks. Steamboat Springs has a ban that applies to wheeled devices on downtown sidewalks only between Yampa and Oak and between 3rd and 13th. That includes bicycles and e-bikes.
Obviously, riders of any type of bike are responsible for knowing where they are permitted. Do your research and know where you can ride. Don’t assume that all areas (especially trails) are open. As we learn more about and get better clarification on e-bike policies, we will post them on our website.
Routt County Riders is the local source for grassroots advocacy and information for all types of cycling. If you would like to help or would like more info, please contact us at facebook.com/rcriders, routtcountyriders.org or email email@example.com.
Alan Perkins is a Routt County Riders board member and volunteer.
SOLD OUT – Dreaming of riding a Moots down some sweet new Steamboat single track? Let us help make your dream come true! You can be entered into a chance to win a fully decked out Moots Rogue Ybb valued at around $8,000 while ensuring more single track will be coming your way in the Yampa Valley. Moots is pitching in to help fund our single track trail building machine ST240 by selling only 250 tickets at $50 each, and 100% of the proceeds go to the machine! Odds are great, tickets are going fast – check out more information by clicking here. Then purchase your ticket by clicking here! Read more about the ST240 below.
We’ve made a deposit on a highly specialized Single Track 240 (ST240) trail building machine! The ST240 will allow Routt County Riders to build and maintain single track trails in less time. It can handle the heavy lifting, allowing hand crews to follow with ligher duty finish work.
We still need some help to get it here and start building sweet single track ths summer. Yampa Valley Bank has generously agreed to match any funds we raise between now and May 31, up to $12,500. Help us reach this immediate goal!
Every dollar helps, and it’s easy to contribute. Click here to contribute online or mail a check to: Routt County Riders, Attn: ST240, PO Box 770094, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477-0094
The beauty of this machine is that it is narrow – minimum 24 inches – but powerful and capable. So don’t worry, your new single track trail will never feel machine-built. You won’t even be able to tell which sections of the tight new single track were started by machine and which ones were completely hand-built.
While one vision for obtaining this machine is to stretch the dollars from the accommodations tax funding so more projects can be completed, Routt County Riders is PURCHASING the ST240 without any City funding. This allows the ST240 to be used on potential projects outside of the scope of the Steamboat Springs Trails Allaince (SSTA) proposed projects list such as those on BLM, Forest Service and private land.
Currently the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance projects are being evaluated and ranked by the volunteer 2A Trails Steering Committee for an eventual recommendation to the Steamboat Springs City Council for funding. While Routt County Riders expects that the 2A Trails Steering Committee and the City Council will recommend at least some backcountry trails be funded, RCR is also open to discussing potential trail work on private lands in the area. If you have ever wanted your own single track, please feel free to contact Routt County Riders for more details!
Want to play an even bigger role in helping us pay off the machine? Sponsorship opportunities abound! Email us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine even more single track in the Yampa Valley! Help us make your dreams come true!
While the Tour de Steamboat is still months away – this year slated for July 19 – now is the time to sign up as a sponsor for this great event. A full range of sponsorship opportunities are available. For information email email@example.com or call 970-879-8484. For complete information click here.
Mark the date for IMBA’s WORLD SUMMIT August 20-24, right here in Steamboat. This is a huge honor (we’re the first town in Colorado to host it), and we look forward to welcoming the world to our backyard to show ’em what we’ve got! Keep up to date with details here.