The Ranch Rally route of 50 miles, (45 of which was a mix of smooth dirt road, gravel, rough gravel and goat two track) took off at 9am under sunny skies with a mix of clouds that made for a spectacular day on the bike. While out on course the 90 rider group was treated to almost car free roads that circled Elk Mountain that lies just to the northwest of downtown Steamboat Springs. The roads twist through this part of Routt County pass by ranch after ranch and offer beautiful views of the Continental Divide. The bike choices ranged from road bikes with larger tires (28mm) to cross bikes to even some mountain bikes. Each had its place on the course, but for most a road bike with a bigger tire did just fine. It was interesting and rewarding to hear of riders pushing their limits on equipment that normally they wouldn’t think of using for the different conditions. It’s also been a dream of ours to share those dirt roads with those that might not think of venturing off the paved routes.
We teamed up with the Community Agriculture Alliance of Steamboat Springs to raise awareness of our local ranching community and raise some money at the same time. All proceeds went to the CAA. They worked with us to notify the ranchers on the route in hopes to have as little impact on the busy schedules they keep. In the end we will be able to write a check for $1000.00 to the CAA.
You experienced it….now become a part of it. Join Community Agriculture Alliance and help this organization preserve the agricultural heritage of the Yampa Valley. A financial contribution of any amount is welcome and will ensure that CAA programs continue. Visit their website at www.communityagalliance.org for information and to review membership opportunities. You don’t have to own a cow or a horse to be a member of CAA….the saddle you rode on Saturday proves your interest in agriculture!
You can view our FlickR album of the event here:
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Some links to our local paper that covered the event: