Maybell found

200 bicyclists stream into town for annual ride

About 200 bicyclists who hailed from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Colorado Springs bicycled from Craig to Maybell during an annual trek.

But three Craig women can recite the details of the "Where the Hell is Maybell?" ride for the past six years. Saturday's ride, they said, was graced with good weather that was neither too hot nor cold -- almost perfect cycling conditions for the 30-mile journey.

"It's just about getting out in the sun and doing something," Peggy Clark said. Her longtime biking buddies include Sue Lewis and Brenda McKey.

The ride that originated 19 years ago as a casual bike ride among friends now draws plenty of pedal power. About 200 cyclists of all ages and abilities cycled in Saturday's event.

Maury Mirante, 11, said his mother urged him to ride Saturday. The first couple of hills out of Craig were difficult to climb, he said, but the rest of the ride was easier.

"I think it's fun," he said.

Adam Schoenthal of Craig used the bike ride as training for Town Challenge -- a series of mountain bike races in Steamboat Springs.

"I just moved out here," he said. "It's a good warm-up, but I had a lot of people pass me."

The ride included a pancake breakfast organized by Craig's Park and Recreation department in Maybell park. T-shirts also were available.

The idea for the ride originated almost two decades ago, when Craig residents Thomas Told, Neil McCandless and Mike Bauman bicycled to Maybell. In the ensuing years, bicyclists learned about the annual ride and joined in.

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