The newest race to enter the “epic” endurance scene is brought to you by the crew behind Steamboat Springs, Colorado-based Honey Stinger.
The Steamboat Stinger on July 24 will feature a 50-mile course composed of two 25-mile laps, nearly all of it on singletrack.
“The Steamboat Stinger offers a phenomenal race course in a true Colorado mountain town,” said Len Zanni, Honey Stinger’s marketing director. “Given the growth in popularity of classic longer-format cross-country races like the Gunnison Growler and Breckenridge’s Firecracker 50, we knew that the growing local trail network was worthy of a similar event.”
To be held annually, proceeds from the event will be split among four local non-profit organizations — youth mentoring organization Partners of Routt County, the Howelsen/Emerald Mountain Partnership (HEMP), local cycling advocacy group Routt County Riders, and volunteer emergency assistance organization Routt County Search and Rescue.
“The City of Steamboat Springs is excited that Honey Stinger has chosen to bring a quality endurance mountain bike race to Steamboat Springs,” said Craig Robinson from Steamboat’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department. “The event will be utilizing some of the best singletrack trails we have to offer on Howelsen Hill and the adjacent BLM property on Emerald Mountain — spectators and participants won’t be disappointed with this epic event.”
The inaugural event will take place on Sunday, July 24, with the start and finish located at the base of Howelsen Hill, located just across the Yampa River from downtown Steamboat Springs. Sanctioned by USA Cycling, entrants may elect to participate in solo or duo categories, all of which are detailed on the event’s information page, www.honeystinger.com/steamboatstinger.