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50 miles with 2400′ of climbing on dirt/gravel mix

The Moots Colorado Ranch Rally is a 50 mile cyclosportive held on the dirt and gravel roads around Steamboat Springs.  Just 5 miles of the route are on pavement.  The other 45 miles feature rural dirt and gravel roads that connect area historical ranches and farms. You will pass by historic Elk Mountain Cemetery, climb up to Mystic, touch the Wolf Mountain area and descend down Deep Creek before the rolling hills of County Road 52E and finish it off with a small climb over Fly Gulch. Enjoy a stunning day on the bike.

The event starts and finishes at Moots World Headquarters.  This is a non-timed, non-competitive ride.  You can ride at your own pace or that of the group around you.  There are no awards other than seeing the amazing countryside around Steamboat Springs and meeting some great people along the way.  When you enter the event you will also be entered into the drawing for a Moots Psychlo X frame.  (choice of 7 stock frame sizes)

Moots is partnering with the Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) to showcase the importance of the local ranches and farms in our area.  All proceeds from the event will go to CAA.

This route will pass several Centennial Farms and Ranches of Routt County.  Lunch will be served at a working ranch that is on the route. Later that evening we will meet at Moots HQ for an evening of factory tours, “adult beverages”, hors d’oevures and the drawing for the Moots frame.

We are limiting the event to 100 riders, first come, first serve.  SIGN UP NOW to make sure you have a spot in this event that is sure to become a Moots Classic.

Go here to enter:  MOOTS COLORADO RANCH RALLY 2014


  • • Lunch at a nearby ranch
  • • Moots factory tour
  • • Entered into the MOOTS FRAME DRAWING just for this event
  • • Event t-shirt
  • • Event water bottle
  • • Route cue sheet
  • • Event bandana
  • • Locally raised beef jerky
  • • Evening social at Moots HQ
  • • Amazing ride through Routt county
  • • Half way point aid-station
  • • Mingle with Moots staff during ride and social evening


  • • 50 mile distance
  • • Event date: Saturday June 28th, 2014
  • • Packet pick up: Friday June 27th 4-7pm & Saturday June 28th 7am-8:30am
  • • RIDE START TIME: June 28th 9:00 am sharp from Moots HQ
  • • Evening social at Moots HQ from 4pm to 7pm that evening


Recommended equipment:

Road Bikes: Yes, you can do this route on a road bike.  However we recommend new tires and no less than a 28mm tire.

Cross Bikes: Yes, you can do this route on a Cyclocross bike.  Stick with a tire of 30 or 32mm that is a semi-slick tread.

Mountain Bike: Yes, you can do this route on a mountain bike.  Recommended tire on a mountain bike would be a 1.5’’ width.

Along with the above you will need a good working pump or Co2 set up…2 spare tubes and small seat bag tool kit.

The event will be run on open public roads that have minimal traffic.  There are no painted center lines so it will be of most importance to obey all traffic laws while on the route. We will have one main support stop about half way around the route but will rely on you to be self-sufficient at fixing a flat tire and fueling yourself.  There will be snacks and drinks at the main support stop as well as an assortment of mechanical supplies if you need them.

Rules of the road

  • • Please be safe and remember that safety is in your own hands and ride by these rules:
  • • This is not a race but a timed tour. Ride within your means. If you haven’t ridden in a large group before don’t.
  • • Wear a helmet at all times – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • • Carry ID and relevant medical information
  • • Rules of the road apply; same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle
  • • Ride single file where necessary, maximum of two abreast when conditions allow, do not impede traffic. Ride as far right as reasonable
  • • Obey all traffic lights, signs, and regulations.
  • • Pass on the left only, announce “passing” or “hello” or “on your left”
  • • Use hand signals to indicate road hazards, stopping, slowing, right, and left turns
  • • Prepare properly: nutrition, hydration, training, and for sudden changes in weather conditions

Respect others: riders, volunteers, host communities, motorists, pedestrians, law enforcement, and the environment

Riding dirt roads on road bikes or cross bikes is nothing new to cycling.  Located in Routt County Colorado, Steamboat is situated at 6700’ feet above sea level at the foot of the Continental Divide that shoots up to 10,000 + feet.  The county itself has about 600 miles of unpaved dirt and gravel roads vs. the 159 miles of paved roads; this offers us many options and the chance to get up close to amazing views and the road less traveled.

Go here to enter:  MOOTS COLORADO RANCH RALLY 2014


**You will need to sign a waiver at packet pick-up**

You can read more about our dirt road riding and the Community Ag Alliance:

Steamboat dirt road riding: TAKING THE DIRT ROAD LESS TRAVELED

CAA article about our rural roads: RIDING RURAL ROADS


50 miles with 2400′ of climbing on dirt/gravel roads.

Elk Mountain



15 YEARS ON 29” #TBT

Drinking morning coffee while sniffing around the interweb I was drawn to another “review” of a titanium bike. As it goes this one is sold by a company that is proud to have made the commitment to building 29er’s for the last 9 years. That got me to dig into my memory about our start into “big wheels” and the birth of the Mooto-X Ybb in 1999.

We received our first set of WTB Nanorapters in 1999 with a request to build a softail frame around them. Word was there were only 10 pairs of tires in the US at that time so we went about designing and building a bike for the first 700c tire with mountain bike tread. First we had to identify a fork to use. V-brakes were the order of the day for stopping so the fork had to be built for 700c rims.

I knew Wes (Williams) and Bruce (Gordon) had built fork pieces for an RS-1 for some of the Rock and Roads Bruce built and Wes’ personal bike, but we needed a product we could provide to our dealers and customers. In the Manitou warehouse there sat 100+ 700c compatible shocks. The Manitou 4 based design needed to have the elastomer bumpered travel limited so the tire did not buzz the bottom of the crown, but it was available.

So in 1999 we built it and rode it bringing it to the Interbike trade show and putting it into the model year 2000 catalogue as you see it here (drop bars and all). We saw this as the awesome gravel bike/monster cross and put it next to our Psychlo-X in the catalogue. Truthfully, for tight singletrack we preferred our 26” wheeled bikes, but on fire roads and doubletrack it rocked.

The summer of 2000 Moots followed the NORBA and World Cup races around the western US showing our wares in various parking lots and fields. At Deer Valley, walking through the Expo I introduced myself to Dan White of White Bros. My first question, have you guys thought of making a 700c compatible fork to fit the Nanorapter? He was positive they could do something, so after a summer of pestering him with random phone calls we installed one on our Mooto-X Ybb on the tradeshow floor at Interbike for model year 2001. This time we used flat bars touting it’s all around ability on gravel roads and singletrack. In the catalogue it still sat next to the Psychlo-X because of the shared rim size.

Today we still produce, ride and sell the Mooto-X Ybb. It has matured into a great singletrack design with forks, tires and parts mating to our current frame design beautifully. Experience has taught us a lot over the years. Now in its 15th year of production we have never stopped updating and changing to improve the ride while holding onto one simple plan, build the best we can.


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