January 16 / 2014
In just a few weeks, cyclists and
runners will get their chance to go up against the elements at Oskar Blues
Brewery’s second annual Old Man Winter Bike
Rally and Run. Taking place Sunday, February 7th in and around
Lyons, CO, the event features three different options for athletes – a 50km
bike ride, 100km race, and a 5.8-mile run. Riders and runners will face quintessential
winter in Boulder County race terrain: snowy trails, rural gravel roads,
winding canyons, and endless beautiful scenery. All the while participants will
have to bear in mind, Old Man Winter, that wily character, and his mistress
Mother Nature, who at any time are liable to introduce some weather-related
obstacles of their own.
"We love being involved with this event. It's a perfect fit for what we're all about - riding bikes, drinking beer and enjoying the ColoRADo lifestyle," said Diana Ralston of Oskar Blues. Last year's inaugural rally brought more than 700 riders to the brewery's hometown of Lyons - this year over 1,000 participants are expected.
As an added bonus, the event raises funds for the CAN'd Aid Foundation's Treads + Trails program, which will help build new trails for Boulder County's cyclists and runners. Ralston added, "Just by doing what we already love to do, we are supporting the places we hold most dear - how sweet is that?!"
Check out additional details below on the events and after party. Ready to get down with some dirt, snow, and RAD prizes? Go to oldmanwinterrally.com to find out more about chillin’ with Old Man Winter.
Not looking to run/ride but willing to help out? You rock. Email email@example.com for details. CAN’d Aid gets an added donation for every volunteer that signs up so get on with your philanthropic self and join us for the fun!
Riders on the 50km bike course will travel East and South of Lyons across scenic dirt roads in rural Boulder County. This rural route is sure to offer a sense of brisk wintry adventure and camaraderie.
Cyclists looking for even more of a challenge will complete the 50km ride and continue on to climb and dive through the snowy canyons west of Boulder. The 100km ride includes nearly 5,000 feet of pavement, primitive roads and single track. There’s even the option to ride a mysterious “secret trail.” The top male and top female cyclist will ride away with $3500.
Along both courses, participants can collect “Snowflakes,” which are raffle tickets for an array of kickass prizes ranging from gift certificates at local retailers to a custom REEB bike frame valued at $2000.
New in 2016 is a 5.8-mile run starting and finishing at Sandstone Park in Lyons. Fast and flat, the single-track course through red rock canyon is surrounded by dramatic scenery.
Hot food and cold beer aplenty will await participants at the Old Man Winter after-party, held at Oskar Blues Grill and Brew in Lyons. Top athletes will be celebrated and prizes raffled off. Guests can participate in contests and get free samples from sponsors and vendors at Sandstone Park.
Details and Schtuff
Visit OldManWinterRally.com for registration, details and more!