Steamboat Ramble. July 27-30, 2017

The Steamboat Ramble is July 27-30.

This is the Queen event. It’s the hardest at nearly 200 miles and 19K feet of climbing. It’s desolate and day two is a commitment.

It is the ride that captured everyone’s imagination from which came the Ramble. Ride the “SBR” as it is known locally, and it’ll get into your imagination too.

Steamboat Ramble really tested me mentally and physically…It was easily one of the most positive life changing things in my life. Very grateful you invited me. That was a solid life experience.

It’s truly of of those experiences that will leaved you changed on the other side.

All photos by Ian Hylands

Roughly 80% off pavement, the Steamboat Ramble takes you through Roosevelt National Forest, across the North Park Valley and through Routt National Forest over Buffalo Pass. Point to point, transportation back to Fort Collins is included.

Day 1 | 71 miles | 8,146 feet ascent | Fort Collins to Red Feather.

Day 2 | 75 miles | 7,275 feet ascent | Red Feather to Walden.

Day 3 | 50 miles | 3,357 feet ascent | Walden to Steamboat Spring. 




On the Ramble you get:

  • Kickoff event Wednesday night at New Belgium Brewery.
  • 3 days of food. Breakfast and Dinner at camp. Lunch items on the road. Ride food is provided.
  • Route support including medical.
  • Camping for each night on the ride.
  • Drinks and adult beverages. Beer provided by New Belgium Brewing.
  • Exclusive discounts and products from our partners.
  • Ramble training plan from Source Endurance.
  • End-of-ride dinner and party.
  • Transportation back to the starting point if applicable.

Once purchased, you’ll receive an email receipt and a welcome package will be sent with specific ride information, personal discount codes and all relevant materials.

If you’re still wondering what a Ramble is, head over to this page and give it a read.

The rider meeting for the Steamboat Ramble will be held at New Belgium Brewery, Wednesday July 26th at 6:30 pm lasting until 8pm. Afterwards, feel free to go out in Old Town, but don’t stay out too late.

  • Ride departure is Thursday July 27 at 7:30*am
  • Our first night is in Red Feather.
  • Our second night is in Walden.
  • Our third and final night is in Steamboat Springs, we’ll be having our final dinner party hosted by Moots. Camping this final night is at the Steamboat Springs KOA, roughly 3 miles from the Moots location.

For those wanting to shuttle back to Fort Collins, plan to be at Moots by 10:30am Sunday. Sleep in, go to breakfast but don’t be late. Shuttles start to arrive around 11am and get us back to New Belgium in Fort Collins around 3 pm. Feel free to hang out at New Belgium for another beer and high fives Sunday afternoon.

Must be 18 or over to ride. 21 or over to consume alcohol. No departure without a signed waiver or helmet and the pre-ride meeting is mandatory. Pre-ride meetings held the evening before departures. We’re riding open courses so adhere to all traffic laws and remember that riding a bike off road can be dangerous and no one will look out for your safety and good as you. Ramble Rides LLC retains the option to reroute courses due to weather or any other closures or conditions that may impact the ride and safety of participants. 

* we reserve the right to change depending on conditions.


  1. Mike Murray 24 March, 2017 at 06:16 Reply

    Hi, I’m interested in the ride, and was just wondering what was required to be carried on the bike each day. I’m thinking of using my CX bike, so wouldn’t have mounting points. Is there a support vehicle to carry tents and sleeping bags? How about clothes and spares? Are you just required to be self-sufficient for the day?


  2. Kimberly 3 April, 2017 at 23:01 Reply

    Hi, I believe I registered but have only gotten a “ramble ride order receipt” email. The website says there would be a welcome package with discounts, more details, etc. Did I miss something? Thanks, Kimberly

    • Peter Discoe 18 April, 2017 at 00:48 Reply

      Hey Kimberly,

      The receipt is the first step; the registration info (with the discount codes, etc.) is slightly delayed but should go out this week. Looking forward to riding with you!

  3. Steve LaChappelle 17 June, 2017 at 21:47 Reply

    Hello I just saw this ride and am thinking about joining but of course have a few questons. I would be driving up from Phoenix AZ would there be a place to store my car that is safe? I also have a trek 520 with stock 700×32 tires and rims would that be good for this kinda ride.

    • Peter Discoe 18 June, 2017 at 03:17 Reply

      Plenty of places to park your car for the event; many folks do. NBB has an employee lot that can be used. For the bike, I recommend 38c tires but here’s why: there are some pretty rocky descents. For 85-90% of the ride a robust 32c tire is fine. So for that extra bit, take it slow and you should be fine. Folks have done this ride on 32c for sure. More important is tubeless if you can swing it. Almost everyone who ran tubes had one or two pinch flats from the descents. Tubeless folks didn’t obviously have this issue.

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