Steamboat Springboard to Spring

Riding a bike in Steamboat Springs is something that everyone should take the time to do.  My wife and I were invited to join some of her friends there on a ski weekend.  Since I don’t get on the snow very often anymore and coupled with fact that it hadn’t snowed in a while, we decided to also bring our bicycles.  The temps were forecasted to be in the 50’s and 60’s with no chance of any inclement weather.  I also invited my good friend Larsen as he is always a good person to ride and hang out with.

The first day, the three of us set out to ride the TT course from last years Steamboat Stage Race.  It’s a mostly flat course with a few small rolling hills that takes in the valley floor just west of the ski mountain.

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Along the way, you are treated to open roads, old barns, and amazing mountain views.

After the three of us completed the 12 mile loop, Ann wanted to get in some interval work by herself.  Larsen and I waved goodbye and went off in search of some new roads.  Our search took us north of town out near the regional airport.  What we found were some fantastic gravel roads with almost zero vehicle traffic.

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Running low on food and water, we decided it would be smart to head back to the condo.  What started out as a innocent warm up ride with my wife, soon turned into a 3+ hour tour of Steamboat.  When you’re having a great time on the bike with friends, the miles and the time seem to go by so quickly.

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