Tour de Steamboat Offers Five Routes While Raising Money for Local Non-Profits

Steamboat Springs, Colorado (May 9, 2024)—Prepare for an awe-inspiring adventure through the majestic landscapes of Northwest Colorado by registering for the Tour de Steamboat (TDS), scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2024. This annual event, celebrated for its breathtaking routes and community camaraderie, invites cyclists of all ages and abilities to embark on a non-competitive journey through some of Colorado’s most stunning terrain.

Tour de Steamboat 1975

Caption: The inaugural ride boosted one 50 mile road route, from city market to HWY 14 and back.

From its modest beginnings in 1975, the Tour de Steamboat has blossomed into a beloved annual tradition, deeply rooted in the heart of Routt County. What began as a spirited 50-mile bicycle race with a determined group of 40 cyclists, starting from City Market and culminating at the Cameo for an afterparty, has evolved into a monumental, philanthropic endeavor. Co-organizers Kent Eriksen and Scott Flemming, who crossed the finish line within a mere 10 feet of each other during the inaugural race, laid the foundation for a journey that would transcend mere competition and pave the way for community camaraderie

Now with close to 1,000 riders annually and offers five different routes.

.Today, the Tour de Steamboat stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of collaboration and service and draws over 1000 riders annually. Additionally, the ride has transformed into a philanthropic powerhouse, making a significant impact by raising over $1.5 million for local area nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving the community over the past 20 years. From its inception, the ride has maintained its commitment to giving back, embodying the true spirit of Routt County, Colorado.

“TDS reflects the essence of community collaboration,” emphasizes Katie Lindquist, Tour de Steamboat Race Director. “The collaborative grassroots endeavors of the benefiting nonprofit organizations epitomize the unified spirit within Routt County.”

Two new gravel routes to help attract a new generation of riders to the area.

Over two decades, TDS has blossomed to offer five unique routes, including two gravel routes spanning 100 or 50 miles, and three road routes covering 66, 44, and 26 miles. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist seeking a challenge or a leisurely rider looking to immerse in the scenery, the Tour de Steamboat guarantees an experience tailored to your preferences.

Beneficiary nonprofit organizations, including Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC), REPS (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide), Partners Mentoring Youth in Routt County, and SRRA (South Routt Recreation Association), play a pivotal role in organizing and promoting the event. Their dedication ensures the success of the Tour de Steamboat and reinforces their commitment to fostering a healthy community and environment for all.

“The Tour de Steamboat has emerged as a beacon of hope for our community,” affirms Mindy Marriott, Executive Director of Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS). “The funds raised have empowered us to expand our outreach efforts, offering crucial support and resources to those in need.”

The Tour de Steamboat offers participants a beautiful and scenic day of riding throughout South Routt County

In addition to supporting these vital organizations, the Tour de Steamboat pays it forward by allocating a portion of event proceeds to other local beneficiary organizations chosen annually by the primary beneficiaries. This cycle of giving ensures that the impact of the Tour de Steamboat extends far beyond the event itself, enriching the lives of Northwest Colorado residents year after year.

To be a part of this incredible journey and contribute to the thriving community of Northwest Colorado, register now at Bonus: All riders who register throughout May will be entered to win one of 20 Tour de Steamboat Gift Bags filled with exclusive items and some awesome historic TDS swag.


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