SEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (September 9, 2010) – The inaugural Steamboat Velo Cross presented by Moots and Wildhorse Meadows, is scheduled for this Saturday, September 11, 2010. Steamboat Velo Cross is sanctioned by the American Cycling Association (ACA) and is the first cyclocross race of the season in Colorado. Professional cyclocross athlete Jake Wells (Hudz-Subaru) has registered. The newly built spectator-friendly cyclocross course, located at Wildhorse Meadows in the shadow of Mt. Werner, features grass, gravel and pavement. Racers will complete multiple laps on the 1.8-mile course for set periods of time. The Juniors, SW 4 and SW 35+ Women will race for 30 minutes, the SM Pro 1-2 Men 60 minutes, and all other divisions 45 minutes. Racing begins at 11:00 am with the SW 4 and 35+ Women. The SM 4 Men will be the last group to race starting at 3:00 pm. Professional and amateur categories will complete for a minimum $1300.00 cash purse plus additional merchandise prizes.
“With cyclocross’ popularity continuing to grow, it seemed natural to host an event in Steamboat.” said Glen Light, Steamboat Velo Cross race promoter and cyclocross athlete. “The community has embraced and shown tremendous support for mountain biking and road cycling events and now we’re proud to invite racers and spectators to experience the spirit of cyclocross.”
Race entry is $25.00 for all categories, Juniors are free. Register online at www.bikesteamboat.com or Saturday on-site at the Moots Sprinter Van in the Meadows parking lot beginning at 10:00 am. All participants must be licensed by the American Cycling Association. One-day ACA licenses are $10.00 and are available online or at registration. Both cross bikes and mountain bikes are allowed. No bar ends permitted.
“Coming off the excitement and adrenaline from last week’s Stage Race, we thought it would be fun to put on a cross race”, said Corey Piscopo, Steamboat Springs Stage Race and Velo Cross race promoter. “The Wildhorse Meadows course should challenge the pros, yet it’s no too intimidating for first time cross competitors. We’re encouraging all riders to come on out and give cross a try this weekend.”
Non-competitive riding action continues on Sunday with the Sleeping Giant Gravel Grind. Starting at 11:00 am from the Moots factory at 2545 Copper Ridge Drive, this scenic 40-mile ride on Routt County gravel roads will circumvent the scenic Sleeping Giant Mountain and finish back at Moots. Route is 85% gravel and dirt, ideal for cross bikes, but may be modified if needed for adverse weather. For cross race information including registration, category start times, cash and prize breakdown, race and ride flyer, and more, visit www.bikesteamboat.com.
About Moots: Moots Cycles, based in Steamboat Springs, CO has been a respected leader in the cycling community since 1981. The company is known for hand building the finest quality titanium road, mountain, cross and commuter bikes, select parts and components from its facility in the Rocky Mountains. Moots bikes are enjoyed by cycling enthusiasts worldwide for their unsurpassed ride quality, attention to details and superior craftsmanship. Moots frames and parts are available from high-end specialty bike dealers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. For more information on Moots, visit: www.moots.com