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Eriksen Cycles Tour de Steamboat

Eriksen Cycles Tour de Steamboat

DATE: Jul 18, 2015

Rocky Peak Productions (RPP) began in 2003 as three local bicycle enthusiasts attempting to make a living doing what we love; riding bikes and hosting events to encourage and invite riders of all levels to join in the fun.  In 2005 they resurrected a long distance, non-competitive road ride known as the Tour de Steamboat. This local road bike event started in the late 1970’s with bike building legend, Kent Eriksen, as a century road ride amongst local friends and riders.  In 2005, the Tour hosted 150 riders and celebrated the success over a keg of beer and a basket of Double Z BBQ.

Today, the Tour de Steamboat boasts the same vintage style with some refined conveniences including stocked aid stations, more cowbells, and one heck of a grand finale BBQ party (where complimentary massages are provided and the beer flows like wine)…and includes 800+ riders.  The beneficiaries are all local organizations and charities who will benefit from participants.  All (100%) of proceeds are donated to local organizations that reach out in powerful and effective ways in the community of the Yampa Valley.

2015 Routes

Route 1

The Classic Tour de Steamboat-110 or so miles…
All rides start and end at the corner of 12th and Yampa street (Little Toots park). There will be a group start at 7:00 for all riders with a police escort along river road to highway 40.

Aid 1
The first aid station is at mile marker # 154 on the East Summit, 20 miles from the start.
Proceed on Highway 40.
Cut off Time:  9:30 am

Aid 2
The second aid station is at mile marker # 172, 37.5 miles from the start.  Proceed 6 miles
to State Highway 134, turn right and ride up Gore Pass.  This entire section has very little
shoulder.  Please ride single file and no pace lines.  Cut off Time:  11:00 am.

Aid 3
The third aid station is at the top of Gore Pass, 54 miles from the start.  Proceed on
Highway 134.
Cut off Time:  1:30 pm
NOTE:  On Highway 134 there are 3 cattle guards and 1 set of railroad tracks.
The first cattle guard is at mile 60.2 from the start, the second is 62.3 from the
start, and the third is 65.2 from the start.  The railroad tracks are 69.4 from
the start.

Aid 4
Turn right onto Highway 131 to the fourth aid station, 70 miles from the start at the Toponas Store.  The store will be open and selling many goodies in addition to our aid station, stop in!
Cut off Time:  3:00 pm
At 79 miles into the ride is the Town of Yampa, and at 84.3 miles is the Town of Phippsburg.

Aid 5
At 86.2 miles from the start, turn right onto Routt Co Rd 14.  At mile 90 from the start is the fifth and last aid station.  Turn right on Routt Co Rd 16 and into the Stagecoach Wetlands Parking Area.
Cut off Time:  4:30 pm

The finish
The finish area for all routes is 12th and Yampa Street. The course and Finish line closes at 6:00 pm

Route 2

The Stagecoach Out-n-back – 40 miles

This route follows the Yampa river upstream to the Stagecoach reservoir where riders can rest at the Stagecoach aid station before turning around and sharing the route back to the finish with the Tour de Steamboat riders back to the Finish. Don’t be fooled, this route does have some climbing along the way, with a traverse of the Yellow Jacket pass. Final mileage and elevation profiles will be posted at a later date.
All rides start and end at the corner of 12th and Yampa street (Little Toots park). There will be a group start at 7:00 for all riders with a police escort along river road to highway 40. We would like everyone to be riding by 8:00 am to minimize bike traffic on this dual use route.
Stagecoach Aid Station
The only aid station is at Stagecoach reservoir , 20 miles from the start/finish.

Route 3

The Sidney Peak Ranch ride.

This ride starts downtown Steamboat Springs in the same location as the other rides. It travels the same route following River Road to Highway 40, turning off on Highway 131 towards Oak Creek and follows this wide shouldered road about 6 miles to CR 14 where the rider turns right following CR 14 for less than 1 mile, then turn left onto the Sidney Peak Ranch property. From here the road is quiet, smooth and all yours for an out and back loop of 9 plus miles. Riders return from this loop turning left onto via CR 14 after leaving the Sidney Peak Ranch property. Riders return to Steamboat Springs following CR 14 and finally River Road to the start/finish area. There is one aid station at the top of the Sidney peak turn around approximately 13 miles form the start.

Mountain Resorts is pleased to be an official lodging sponsor of the Tour de Steamboat. If you are planning on participating click here for exclusive lodging specials.

Visit the Official Tour de Steamboat site for additional information and to register for the event.

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