Choose 50km or 100km of dirt, snow, sweat, and beer rolling through the world-famous cycling mecca of Boulder County, ColoRADo…from Lyons to Boulder and beyond. OR crush the NEW 5.4-mile run course, a fast, flat “Best of Lyons” tour, that integrates single track trails, pavement and dirt roads for a frosty frolic through a spectacular winter landscape. Everybody gets luxury aid stations with real food and hydration, a hot meal and a cold beer at the finish line, and a killer post-ride party with great music, contests, and a massive raffle. It will be the most fun you have all winter!
Short Course: 50 KM
Gravel and Pavement. 1212 ft of total climbing. Gorgeous views the whole way
Long Course: 100 KM
Gravel, Pavement, and Trail. 5086 ft of total climbing. Your new cycling adventure starts here…
5.4 miles of Winter Wonderland…
3 reasons the Oskar Blues Old Man Winter Bike Rally & Run has quickly become the “Best of the Rockies”
Runners and cyclists can look forward to gravel roads, snowy trails, great beer, and an insane amount of prizes when the event comes to Lyons in February.
Adventure Fit, a Boulder-based event marketing company, today announced Oskar Blues’ Old Man Winter Bike Rally and Run (http://www.oldmanwinterrally.com) returns to Lyons, Colorado, on February 11, 2018. The fourth annual Old Man Winter Bike Rally and Run, is an epic winter celebration of dirt, snow, sweat, and beer that has won Elevation Outdoors award for ‘Best Race in the Rockies.”
Here are the 3 things that the Old Man Winter Rally and Run did to win in a crowded market of running and cycling events:
- The courses are on mixed terrain with gravel roads, paved canyons, and snowy singletrack trails. The Old Man Winter Rally and Run provides a very different running and riding experience than your standard 10K or Century ride. First, it takes place in the middle of winter so snow is pretty much guaranteed to be in the mix. Next, due to the changing terrain, participants have to stay on their toes, which makes for a much more exciting run or ride. The 5.4 mile run course is a “Best of Lyons” course that showcases singletrack trail and a red rock canyon surrounded by spectacular scenery at the gateway to the Rockies. The 50 km bike course tours scenic dirt roads in the rolling gravel areas of Boulder County. Riders will get a chance to loop the REEB Ranch West – open only for this event. The 100 km ride starts with the same country riding as the 50 km course before sending cyclists on a roller coaster route of climbs and descents through the snow-filled canyons west of Boulder. With 5,000+ feet of climbing and even a ‘secret trail’, it’s a challenging ride any time of the year.
- There is more cash and prizes than almost any other event of its kind. In addition to a $3500 cash purse that attracts Olympians and other World-Class Athletes, the Oskar Blues Old Man Winter Rally and Run has over 100 ‘Snow Flake’ prizes. These foam snowflake prizes are spread throughout the course so any rider or runner has the chance to pick one up. When they return a snowflake, they are guaranteed a prize which could be anything from a Patagonia beanie, Sports Garage $50 gift card, or even a $1500 REEB Cycles custom bike frame. Altogether, there are close to $10,000 is cash and prizes for participants.
- The event has a custom beer and drinking it raises funds to build new trails and give bikes to “bikeless” kids. With Oskar Blues Brewery as the title sponsor of the event, you know that award-winning craft beer has to be part of the program. Death By Coconut is a limited edition Irish-style porter that is the ‘Official Beer’ of the Old Man Winter Rally. Anybody who tags a photo of this beer with #oldmanwinterrally will get a discount on their entry and 10% of their registration fee goes straight to CAN’d Aid, a 501C3 non-profit. Runners, riders, and drinkers can feel good their drinking this beer helps build more trails for them to enjoy and provides funds to get “bikeless” kids on their first rides.
“We love being involved with this event because it’s a perfect fit for all things OB – riding bikes, drinking beer, and enjoying the ColoRADo lifestyle,” said Diana Ralston of Oskar Blues. More than 1,000 participants are expected at the next Old Man Winter, which starts and finishes in Lyons Colorado’s, Sandstone Park. Following the run and rides, participants will hang out in the CLIF Bar hangout-zone featuring multiple fire pits while enjoying hot chili and cold beer from Oskar Blues.
Registration and more information can be found at: http://www.oldmanwinterrally.com