Why would I donate my entry instead of requesting a refund?
Beneficiaries and volunteers have worked the past year to make this event happen and rely on the work done to generate operating funds. In addition, we have spent money in preparation for the originally planned event; several costs are still incurred, see below!
What expenses are incurred when the ride does not actually still take place?
Time spent on work completed for “normal” TDS and Covid Edition
Insurance – required for any event promoted, sponsored and supported.
Food – the meal tickets are paid for by TDS funds, not donated
T-shirts – special edition
SWAG items (cool new items for 2020!)
Marketing and advertising
Professional services i.e. graphic design, accounting, etc.
Deposits with vendors that are partially refundable, partially not…
State Park access fees (still required for self supported rides)
Forest Service access fees
Postage for mailing out rider items, poster distribution etc.
How do I self support for 26, 46, 66, 50 and 100 mile remote rides?
More on this coming your way in June and July. Tips on ride fuel, packing a jersey, resources for water filters and using them will be sent to registered riders and posted on our website.
How do I participate in the Tour de “You” or the CE-TDS if I live local?? What if I do not live near the routes, how can I participate?
Our maps are available to download and/or print off as well. If you are local, you can simply ride your preferred route(s). If you are not in the Yampa Valley check out our maps and plot out a ride near you that matches the distance and/or elevation gain and ride “your” ride in your hometown!
Does AAA really rescue member cyclists?
Yes if you are a member and within a certain distance from your home, they offer cyclist pick-ups! See AAA for details.
Is filtering water safe? How do I carry a water filter?
I find it safer than running out of water, and easier than carrying as much water as you might need. Katie likes this one from Sawyer
Do the food and beer tickets have expiration dates?
Food tickets are purchased by us at TDS and we need to reimburse the restaurants before December 31st. Beer tickets will be honored as long as the breweries will accept them as a donation.
What if I can’t ride in those 2 weeks?
If you cannot ride during that time, no worries, the maps are always there, however our insurance policy spans this 2-week period only. Also, permits into Stagecoach State Park are also only valid for this 2-week period. Finally, be aware of changing mountain weather as Fall nears, some high altitude roads may not be passable i.e. Buff Park road and Lynx Pass.
Will the course be marked?
No, the course will not be marked, see FAQ #4
Can I ride with other people?
Sure, but please follow current CDC guidelines and local restrictions for social distancing.
When will the bike drawing occur and how do I get a ticket?
We will do the Bike Drawing on July 18th, at 5 pm! The winners will be contacted directly and will be posted on our website.
Is the bike drawing included in the price of the ride?
Yes, registered riders are automatically entered into drawing for the Custom Titanium Bingham/Shimano bike, DT Swiss wheelset or cruiser bike.
How will I get my swag bag?
We will either mail it to you or if you live in the Yampa Valley we will have you pick it up at the Partners office. We will send out more information on pick up location as soon as we are ready to have you come by! Please select local pick up when updating registration information if you will be local to save on postage costs! We will have a 1 week window of time for pick up and will accommodate social distance guidelines.
Will lodging be available if we still want to come to Steamboat to do the ride?
At this time we have no idea, we will communicate with you as information becomes available.
Will Sidney Peak be open to ride the 26 mile route?
No, unfortunately we will not be able to allow passage into Sidney Peak gated property for the 2 week window of riding time.
Will you still have an online Auction?
Yes, look for details on the website with additional information to be sent out in June!
What is the cancellation policy?
We have never canceled the Tour de Steamboat in its entire 15 plus year history. We hope we never need to. That said, in the event of cancellation refunds WILL NOT be issued. We do allow transfers to another category. All transfers must be managed by you the entrant, using imATHLETE and your registration page or by contacting imATHLETE directly firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-751-9090. Category transfers will be accommodated up until seven days before event date. Please plan accordingly.