Bike racers of all ability levels are invited to enjoy a challenging ride on the quiet roads of Routt county and kick off the Steamboat Springs bike racing calendar on Sunday May 15th.
Local cycling team Steamboat Velo and Presenting sponsor Steamboat Orthopaedics & Spine Institute are excited to present the second annual Steamboat Roubaix (pronounced roo-bay). This event pays homage to the legendary Paris-Roubaix, a classic tough conditions road race in northern France that starts near Paris and ends in the town of Roubaix, near Belgium. A Roubaix-style race tests all of the skills that make a good bike racer – speed, bike handling, power, tactics, teamwork, equipment, and grit.
The Steamboat Roubaix courses features multiple dirt ‘sectors’ with surface conditions that range from smooth to rough. Riders will need to monitor updates on the course conditions ahead of race day and then make the call on what equipment they will run.
Riders can choose to race a 36, 53, or 70 mile course distance in USA Cycling age, gender, and ability-based categories. There is also an option to ride for fun, either solo or as a 3 person team in the 36 and 70 mile timed “Gran Fondo” category where the focus is on having fun.
The 2021 inaugural Roubaix saw cool temps and a hint of precipitation. While there is a slight chance of wet spring weather, May is a beautiful time of year in Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Velo is excited to serve up the opportunity to race in spring weather on iconic local dirt roads.
Registration is now open at $65 for all competitive groups, $45 for short course Gran Fondo riders, and free entry for the junior age 15 – 18 categories. steamboat Velo will donate a portion of proceeds from the event to local nonprofits and Bicycle Colorado. Sign up to volunteer and view the full event details at bikesteamboat.com/roubaix/