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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Moab 2010 Bike Races and Events

This is a comprehensive schedule of bicycle events and competitions for the 2010 season in Moab, Utah. Information was provided by the Moab Area Travel Council. Contact info for the council is at the bottom.

You missed the Yeti Thaw slated for February 12 -14, 2010, yet you are in luck. The dates have been postponed to March 12, 13, 14, 2010. Poison Spider Bicycles invites all to attend. Ride the trails on a Yeti demo bike; enjoy a breakfast at a trailhead with Moab’s Magpie Adventures.

Poison Spider Bicycles also presents a new road bike event in Moab called the Gran Fondo Moab. It takes place May 1&2, 2010. Ride Moab’s mountain pass of the La Sal Mountains on the Loop Road. You get 64 miles and 5000 ft elevation. There will be staggered starts for this epic ride. The route will have direction signs. And the course times for each participant will be accurate. Poison Spider Bicycles will be producing this event for road bike riders.

Skinny Tire Festival ramps up for March 12 -16. The event benefits cancer survivorship. Another beneficiary is the Huntsman Cancer Institute of Utah. It will be a fun weekend with the Yeti Thaw mountain bikes on the back roads and trails, while the road bikes will be on the pavement. Also plan to catch the Banff Mountain Film Festival, a fund raiser for Utah Open Lands the evening of March 15, 2010 at the Grand High School auditorium.

On June 11th, the Rockwell Relay begins in Moab from Swanny Park on 100 West 400 North, Moab, and continues to finish in St. George. The Rockwell Relay is composed of teams of 4 cyclists. Each athlete rides three legs of approximately 44 miles each leg. The route contains paved back roads of southern Utah passing the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, Bridges National Monument, Glen Canyon Recreation Area, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase National Monument, Bryce and Zion National Parks.

The Century Tour of September 17-19, 2010, is a road bike weekend with aid stations, mechanics and sag wagons upon routes of varying mileage: 42, 65, 67 and century options. Century Tour has limited registration, so sign up now. Bicycle mechanics are provided by Rim Tours, Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, Moab Cyclery, Solfun, Sheri Griffith Expeditions, and Uranium Bicycles.

Bring your road bike and join another skinny tire event: Moonshadow. Riders check in 4-6 p.m. on June 26, 2010 for the sunset into moonlight ride along Highway 313. It finishes with post-event revelry at Frankie D’s Desert Saloon. Times Trials take place Saturday morning and a leisurely ride Sunday rounds out this eventful weekend in Moab.

Another new Moab event: Outerbike takes place 2010, September 30 through October 3rd. Ride a 2011 mountain or road bike demo from three selected Moab trailheads: the Bar M, the Sovereign Trail and the Slickrock Trail. Proceeds benefit IMBA and the Moab Trails Alliance. Bike manufacturers participating in OuterBike are: Turner Bicycles, Pivot Bicycles, Ibis, SantaCruz, Cannondale, Maverick, Marin Bikes California, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Fox, Kona, Trek, Breezer, Specialized and Fuji.

Also in October racers, support crews and spectators assemble for the 16th annual 24 Hours of Moab by Granny Gear Production. Racers may register as a team or a solo, yet the event is limited to a field of 550 which results in an assembly of 4,000 people. Stay tuned for the precise dates.

Get ready for the 5th annual Moab Ho-Down on October 29-31, 2010. A favorite gathering of mountain bike riders, participate in group shuttles and rides, the dirt jump competition, Super D race, townie ride, movie premier and the outrageous costume party with live music.

Past Due News: May 2009 the Governor of Utah dedicate the Intrepid Trails of Dead Horse Point State Park. If you weren’t aware of these two non-motorized, single track trails, make time to explore them while you are in Moab too.

Interested to divine your own bike event in Moab? The Moab Area Travel Council has a new department: Moab Utah Meetings and Events to assist you with function space, production support, permits and more. Email the facility and event promoter Visit or phone (435) 259-1340.


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