Jarred Blevins rides along Western Avenue early Saturday morning before heading off with friends Braden Peterson and Brent Juergens on the 23rd annual Where the Hell's Maybell bike ride and breakfast. Riders were challenged with the 30-mile trek with starting points at either Northwest Storage or Western Knolls.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Jarred Blevins rides along Western Avenue early Saturday morning before heading off with friends Braden Peterson and Brent Juergens on the 23rd annual Where the Hell's Maybell bike ride and breakfast. Riders were challenged with the 30-mile trek with starting points at either Northwest Storage or Western Knolls.

Riders trek from Craig to Maybell

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Elias Weiman, 5, hops on his bike Saturday morning that was attached to the bike of Nathan Browning. More than 175 made the ride from Craig to Maybell.

Saturday wasn't a typical bike ride.

Sure, there were the hardcore cyclists, the ones covered head-to-toe in spandex, wearing bicycle shoes and riding the latest models.

But, there also were the more casual riders, the weekend warriors sitting on mountain bikes and sporting baseball caps and cargo pants.

Brent Juergens, a Moffat County High School freshman, fell into the latter category.

Still, Saturday was his third year riding in the 23rd annual Where the Hell's Maybell bike ride.

Craig Parks and Recreation sponsored the event.

Juergens made the 30-mile trek with two school friends, Jarred Blevins and Braden Peterson.

The trio looked more like they were riding across town than to the next town.

Juergens said Saturday was the furthest he'll ride all year but that he likes the challenge.

"Just to say we did it, rode it," he said.

Juergens' mother, Karra Juergens, said she encouraged the boys to do the ride their first year, but now "they're the ones up and ready to go."

"It's become a great family tradition for us now," she said. "We look forward to it every year."

Karra normally rides with Brent, but Blake Juergens, 6, decided to try the ride for the first year on his own. Karra and Blake began in Lay.

And that seemed to be part of the fun of the event, people of all ages coming together for an early-morning trip.

More than 175 suited up for the ride Saturday.

Riders were greeted with drinks and snacks in Lay.

The ride ended in Maybell Park with a $6 all-you-can-eat breakfast. Proceeds went to Moffat County Young Life and will help send a group of youth members to summer camp.

At the halfway station in Lay, Lindsay Anderson and her mother, Pam Dunlap, took a breather.

It was their first time doing the ride.

"We've never tried it before, (but) it hasn't been daunting so far," Anderson said.

Dunlap disagreed about the first hill out of Craig, however.

"We came out of Craig and I saw that big hill, and I said 'Noooooooo!' I'm not going up that hill," Dunlap said.

Despite early reservations, she said she enjoyed the ride.

"You move along fast enough to make it interesting and keep yourself cool, but you see so much scenery you wouldn't see any other time, it's just beautiful," Dunlap said.

Hans Hallgren can be reached at 875-1792, or hhallgren@craigdailypress.com.

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