Cyclists from Steamboat Springs pedal on the highway coming from Craig during the 25th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” biking event in 2011. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday. The ride is free and participants can embark from one of two locations at 7 or 7:30 a.m.

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Cyclists from Steamboat Springs pedal on the highway coming from Craig during the 25th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” biking event in 2011. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday. The ride is free and participants can embark from one of two locations at 7 or 7:30 a.m.

26th annual Maybell bicycle event set for Saturday

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What: 26th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride

When: 7 and 7:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Departure locations are Northwest Storage (7 p.m.), 4295 W. Highway 40, or Western Knolls (7:30 p.m.)

— The event is a 30-mile ride from Craig to Maybell. Cyclists can register with Parks & Recreation ahead of time or before the free activity begins. A breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs and orange juice is available at the finish line for $6. Commemorative t-shirts are $15. For more information, call 826-2029.

The early stillness of Northwest Colorado is a sight to behold, whether you’re standing in one spot or whizzing past the scenery in a car.

One activity allows people to enjoy the views at a leisurely pace and still get from Point A to Point B.

The 26th annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride, hosted by Craig Parks & Recreation, takes place Saturday morning.

The 30-mile cycling trek from Craig to Maybell is free to all and starts at 7 a.m., as riders meet at Northwest Storage, 4295 W. Highway 40, before heading out.

Those interested in a later departure time can take off from the Western Knolls subdivision at 7:30.

Organizer Pennie Bricker said some prefer the second time to avoid a sizable challenge early on.

“A lot of people don’t like taking on the big hill so it’s just easier to leave later,” she said. “It’s usually about half and half between the first and second start times.”

The journey down the highway passes through some of the area’s most beautiful views, which Bricker said is a major selling point for riders of all ages.

“They love getting out in the fresh air and seeing all the wildlife that’s out at that time,” she said. Bricker added that what’s waiting for riders is also a motivation.

As they reach their destination, people can hop off their two-wheelers and dive into a breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs and orange juice provided by Bear River Young Life for $6 per person.

Following the meal, Parks & Recreation offers transportation back to Craig for $5, which includes bike transportation in a horse trailer.

Of course, some may choose to make it a round-trip, Bricker said.

“It’s sixty-something miles to do the whole thing, and the hard-core cyclists will definitely do it, but a lot of people are already pretty tired,” she said.

Few folks have signed up for the event in advance, but Bricker anticipates the regulars to come out in droves come Saturday. “

Most people just sign up that morning because they’re accustomed to doing it right before they unload their bikes,” she said.

Bricker expects at least 150 to 200 riders, perhaps more depending on the conditions.

“The one new thing we might have this year is some nice weather,” Bricker said. “We’ve had a few years in a row with rain, but everybody’s thinking it’ll be nice out this year so we should have a nice turnout.”

“Where the Hell’s Maybell?” often attracts cyclists from surrounding areas as well as local riders.

For anyone who hasn’t participated in the past, Bricker said it is perfect for anyone seeking a lengthy, non-competitive bike ride.

“Just ride carefully and wear your helmet,” she said.

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