Across its entire trail network, Jefferson County Open Space attracts about seven million people annually. This can take a toll on the trails, said Jeff Watrobka, executive director of the Golden …
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Registration to race or ride in the Golden Giddyup closes at midnight on Sept. 4. It takes place on Sept. 15.
There are three courses to choose from, which vary by length: the Classic Course, which costs $120 for adults and $50 for juniors; the Chimpex Course, which costs $95 for adults and $30 for juniors; and the Lite Course, which costs $80 for adults and $30 for juniors.
All courses begin and end at Lions Park, 1300 10th St., in Golden.
Racers will be grouped, and start times will be in waves. The first wave of racers will start at 8 a.m.
Timing chip and race plate pick-up takes place from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 14 at New Terrain Brewing Company, 16401 Table Mountain Parkway in Golden.
Additional details on routes and registration can be found at http://goldengiddyup.com/.
The Giddyup Get Down is a family-friendly community event put on by Yeti Cycles that takes place during race day to celebrate trail work, stewardship, bikes and cycling and community partnerships.
The event gets going at about noon, and will feature live bluegrass music by Rapidgrass, Heavy Diamond Ring and the Golden Giddyup House Jam organized by Mark Morris; family-friendly activities provided by Avid4Adventure, as well as face painting and bike decorating and bounce houses; bike and outdoor industry vendors; and food vendors, including breakfast and ice cream. Nonalcoholic beverages will be available, and those age 21 and over can sample whiskey from LAWS Whiskey House and enjoy New Terrain Brewing’s GiddyHop special brew. Proceeds from the sales of the GiddyHop go back to the trails.
The Giddyup Get Down is free and the entire community is invited. It takes place at Lions Park.
Across its entire trail network, Jefferson County Open Space attracts about seven million people annually.
This can take a toll on the trails, said Jeff Watrobka, executive director of the Golden Giddyup.
“Giving back to our trails is something everyone — not just mountain bikers — can get into,” Watrobka said.
So, to celebrate trail stewardship, mountain bikes and outdoor recreation and community, the annual Golden Giddyup race/ride and expo takes place on Sept. 15.
The Golden Giddyup Trails Team got its start in 2014. Following the September 2013 floods, a small group of volunteers got together to figure out a way to reopen Apex Park’s trails. Apex Park is located in Golden with trailheads off Highway 93 and Lookout Mountain Road. The floods forced the entire park to close — all 700 acres, including its nearly 10 miles of trails.
Since then, the Golden Giddyup Trails Team formally organized, formed a partnership with Jefferson County Open Space and operates as a subsidiary of the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation. It now offers volunteer trail work opportunities at a number of Open Space parks. To date, the Golden Giddyup Trails Team can boast more than 11,450 volunteer hours of trail work documented in the past five years.
The is the fourth year for the Golden Giddyup ride/race and expo.
“The event started because of bikes and the partnership with Jefferson County Open Space,” Watrobka said, “but it continues because of the community it creates.”
MORE: The 2018 Giddyup expo
Golden resident Jesse Swift will be racing the Giddyup for the fourth time. Swift has been a competitive mountain biker since the mid-1990s and during his days as a pro, he would have to travel to various locations in Colorado, as well as out-of-state, to compete.
But “everyone in the Front Range has always known how great the trails are in Jefferson County,” Swift said. “It’s great to have a race on the trails we use for training.”
Swift still competes and serves as an assistant coach for the Golden High School Mountain Bike Team. The youths volunteer with the Golden Giddyup Trails Team to do trail work at least twice during the summer, Swift said.
“It helps the students become responsible to their community,” Swift said, and it “gets them involved with the trails they really care about.”
With all its components — trail stewardship and the annual race and celebratory event — the Golden Giddyup is starting a new chapter for the mountain biking community in Golden and Jefferson County, Swift said.
Golden resident Susan Weiler agreed.
“So many of us love the trails in Golden,” she said. And “the Giddyup provides a way for any of us to go out and make a difference.”
Weiler has ridden in the Golden Giddyup twice and has volunteered at the event twice. She is planning on volunteering again this year.
The Golden Giddyup “is a one-of-a-kind race for the Front Range,” Weiler said. But “at the heart of it, (the event) is a celebration of the trail teams’ accomplishments. To me, that’s what it’s all about.”
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