Back for its fourth year, we are gearing up for the Moots-Colorado Ranch Rally 2017. Limited to 150 riders we are planing for a great day of riding and raising money for the COMMUNITY AG ALLIANCE of Steamboat. This fundraiser ride is an amazing way to see the roads less traveled around Steamboat, meet some new friends and challenge yourself along the way.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.

For the past two years the Moots Ranch Rally has raised $5,000.00 each year.

Pavement ends and the fun begins-

Now in its fourth year, the Moots Colorado Ranch Rally is a 50 mile cyclosportive held on 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 Long Gulch let you catch your breath before hitting County Road 52E (rough double track dirt road) and then finish it off with a small climb over Fly Gulch. Enjoy a stunning day on the bike on the very roads we test and develop our bikes.

Pre-RALLY treats by Smell That Bread

The morning of the Ranch Rally at Moots.

Supporting local agriculture-CAA (COMMUNITY AG ALLIANCE)

Where does your food come from? Support locally grown food through the CAA and help keep these historic food producing ranches at the forefront when buying locally. The Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) is a local, nonprofit organization located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado…the heart of the Yampa Valley. They have been promoting agriculture in the Yampa River Valley since 1999 and working to ensure the vitality and continuity of local agriculture. We lead community to grow agriculture and to create alliance among individuals with shared passions and goals.

The dirt roads of ROUTT County, home of the Ranch Rally

The Moots Colorado Ranch Rally Experience–

When you enter the event you will also be entered into the drawing for a MOOTS ROUTT frame.  (choice of 7 stock frame sizes, retail value of $3540.00). Moots is partnering with the Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA) to showcase the importance of the local ranches in our area.  All proceeds from the event will go to CAA.

County Road 52E is a testy section on course

This route will pass several Centennial Ranches of Routt County, which means they have been in the same family for at least 100 years.  Lunch will be served at the ROCKING C BAR 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 limit the event to 150 riders, first come, first serve.  SIGN UP NOW to make sure you have a spot in this event that has become a Moots Classic.

Happy times at the Ranch Rally

Go here to enter:  MOOTS COLORADO RANCH RALLY 2017


Entered into the MOOTS FRAME DRAWING just for this event…think about that…..1 of 150 chances to win a frame valued at $ 3450.00 !!
VELOSCAPES sag wagon on course

HONEY STINGER stocked mid-point aid-stationLunch at a nearby ranch

Moots factory tours
Event “cotton musette bag”
Route cue sheet
Event bandana w/cue sheet printed on it
Locally raised beef jerky
Evening social at Moots HQ with TACO CABO + Butcherknife beer
Amazing ride through Routt County
Course Marshalls
First Aid on course by EVENT MEDICAL SOLUTIONS
Route marked & signposted
Free Parking
Mingle with Moots staff during ride and social evening
50 miles with 2400′ of climbing on dirt/gravel roads.

All smiles before the RALLY.


Event date: Saturday June 17th, 2017
Course: 50 miles on dirt/gravel roads with 2400′ of climbing
Packet pick up: Friday June 16th 4-7pm & Saturday June 17th 7am-8:30am
RIDE START TIME: June 17th 9:00 am sharp from Moots HQ
**You will need to sign a waiver at registration**
Evening social at Moots HQ from 4pm to 6pm that evening (frame drawing, beers, good food, fun times).

Good times with friends.


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 Bikes: 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.

The event will be held rain or shine. Come prepared. (no refunds)

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! Ride within your means. Time yourself if you like.
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 on the road less traveled.

Go here to look for lodging: STEAMBOAT LODGING

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 OF STEAMBOAT

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