The 22nd annual "Where the Hell is Maybell?" bike ride departs from Northwest Storage at 7 a.m. and from Western Knolls at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The ride is free. A $5 breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs and orange juice will be served at the Maybell Park.

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The 22nd annual "Where the Hell is Maybell?" bike ride departs from Northwest Storage at 7 a.m. and from Western Knolls at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The ride is free. A $5 breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs and orange juice will be served at the Maybell Park.

Bike ride and breakfast

22nd annual "Where the hell is Maybell?" ride begins Saturday

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— Craig Parks and Recreation Department's Recreation facilitator Pam Maneotis has seen it before.

For approximately 20 years, Maneotis has orchestrated the "Where the hell is Maybell?" bike ride, and in those 20 years or so, she said not much has changed.

"It's the same bike ride every year from Craig to Maybell," Maneotis said. "The mileage hasn't changed at all. The only thing that's changed, maybe, is participation has grown."

More than 200 riders are expected this year, according to Maneotis, who will trek the 30 miles from Craig to Maybell on Saturday morning.

The ride departs Craig from two locations: Northwest Storage at 7 a.m. and Western Knolls at 7:30 a.m.

There is no entry fee for participants.

Maneotis said the ride is "pretty wide open," and the opportunity to catch a glimpse of wildlife is in abundance.

"Yeah, you can see some deer, elk and maybe some antelope," she said. "It's definitely a family-type event. It's a good way for everybody to finally get outside."

The 30-mile trek isn't a race, but Maneotis said riders shouldn't pick the event as a first-time biking experience.

"You don't necessarily need to have training" for the event, she said. "It's going to take a couple of hours, though. I wouldn't, I guess, pick it as your first bike ride of the year."

The ride finishes in Maybell, and upon arriving, participants can purchase breakfast prepared by the Moffat County Young Life for $5.

Proceeds from the breakfast go to Young Life's summer camping trip.

T-shirts for the event also will be available for $15.

For participants who require a ride back to Craig, a bus will return riders - and their bikes - shortly after the ride is complete.

Seating on the bus is limited, so Maneotis suggests calling in advance to reserve a seat.

Spring season is upon us, and weather permitting, Maneotis said the event always is an enjoyable way for residents to get a taste of the outdoors.

"We mostly use this ride as a season-opener to the biking season," Maneotis said. "Everybody enjoys it. The most exciting thing each year is to see how many people show up."

Comments

50cal 6 years, 5 months ago

refresh our memories tax, wasn't there some tourists involved?

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taxslave 6 years, 5 months ago

Do any of you remember what started the saying "Where the hell is Maybell"? It came about almost 24 yrs. ago. Remember?

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grannyrett 6 years, 5 months ago

If I remember right, it was Dr. Told who started it.

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50cal 6 years, 5 months ago

winter of 82-83 was the cold one wasn't it? your right taxslave that was where it came. as always lifting the fog of time.

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50cal 6 years, 5 months ago

ugh. if I remember correctly I had a nephew ride in that several times CRAZY MAN CRAZY

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grannyrett 6 years, 5 months ago

50-Yes you did. He rode it twice. It seems that when Dr. Told started it, he was telling someone from out of town about it, trying to get some interest going, and they said, "Where the hell's Maybell?" That's how it got its name.

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50cal 6 years, 5 months ago

its starting to come back to me now. Geez taxslave I have a son that old wasn't it longer ago than that?

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lonelyone 6 years, 5 months ago

remember when some people wanted to change the name because "where the hell's maybell" just didn't sound nice. I think they wanted to do where the heck is maybell or just where's maybell. I kind of remember when this whole thing started but not the year.

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Really 6 years, 5 months ago

It was a little later than 84 - I had my first kid in 83 and rode the first (and several after that) so I know it wasn't that year. I think it started iin 87 or so....

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bigrred1576 6 years, 5 months ago

I have done this ride twice, both times from Western Knolls. Only the hard core riders start at the bottom of the hill, but there was also the riding club from Steamboat (on a training ride) that had ridden from Steamboat and were going to Dinosaur and back. Its a fun time for most., and many chose to ride back to Craig. There are lots of families that ride together. Thanks Dr. Told and the others who started this, and keep it going.

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taxslave 6 years, 5 months ago

It was the winter of '83 or '84, Denver news reporting on the weather, 63 degrees below zero in Maybell, Colorado.....he says, "where the hell is Maybell"?, and the saying stuck. They made t-shirts.

Craig was 40 below for two weeks that winter, never above 0 at high noon and the air glittered. It was beautiful.

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calvinhobbs 6 years, 5 months ago

The lowest temperature in Colorado, -61°, was recorded on February 1, 1985 at Maybell.
http://www.netstate.com/states/geography/co_geography.htm scroll down to the bottom

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