The 13th Annual West Yellowstone-Old Faithful Cycle TourDale Campbell - Bent Fork Editor
As the ride organizers indicate on their website (http://www.cycleyellowstone.com/), the "West Yellowstone Old Faithful Cycle Tour is a terrific way to wind down a summer of riding and a unique way to experience Yellowstone National Park. Fall is a gorgeous time to be in Yellowstone, the elk are bugling, the aspens have turned to gold, and the thermal areas are relatively free of crowds. The supported ride is sixty miles round trip, with options available for one way travel. Cyclists in the tour can take advantage of two feed stations, three sag wagons, on-course bike mechanics, and end the day with a group meal. The tour is limited by the National Park Service to the first 350 riders that complete the online registration." As an FYI, the ride reached capacity by 31 July this year.
Interestingly, 25 September 2010 was also National Public Lands Day. As such, Saturday, the 25th was a "Fee Free Day" for Yellowstone National Park, meaning bike riders and support vehicles were not required to buy or show a park entrance pass for the Old Faithful Cycle Tour! And, by the way, the weather was absolutely perfect for a bike ride, with temps in the low 50s at the start of the ride, quickly warming up to the low 70s. Of course, as we realize here in the western states, the weather at a given time of the year can vary from year to year. Never the less, it would be great to get a group together from CSCC to sign up and participate in the ride in 2011.
Photo Credit: Sharon Boyd