Bikers to hit Moffat County for 50-mile Enduro race this weekend
Tires and chains will be spinning this weekend in Moffat County for the inaugural Enduro 50-mile motorcycle trail race.
The race is being put on by Phil Vallem of the Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit whose Sand Wash Basin race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11 near the intersection of Colorado Highway 318 and Moffat County Road 67 west of Maybell.
Vallem’s Enduro Colorado group has been cutting the race trails, which will be marked for those wishing to see the race up close. The trails will also be used every year from now on.
“It’s a 50-mile course that our local club made out there,” Vallem said. “This is the first year. It’ll definitely be an annual event. We put a lot of work into to make sure we’re gonna do this for a while and not just one time.”
Vallem said it took about almost two years to cut the trails and get a permit from the Bureau of Land Management.
“It took quite a bit to get a special use permit,” Vallem said. “All the requirements through BLM were pretty extensive to get that.”
Moffat County’s tourism director, Tom Kleinshnitz, said he’s ready for the race and credits BLM for getting the race permit approved.
“The Sand Wash Enduro Race is a great example of how tourism can benefit from access to our public lands,” Kleinschnitz said. “The BLM is to be commended for working with the event organizers to get the race accomplished”
Vallem’s race might not have happened without the support of many who worked to make it happen, including Moffat County.
“We’ve got really good support from Moffat County,” Vallem said. “The Local Marketing District is backing us and Craig and Steamboat Power Sports also. If locals want to get involved in putting on future events with us or join our organization to do trail work, they can find us at Enduro Colorado on Facebook.”
Enduro Colorado’s fresh-cut trails are now another route through Sandwash Basin for the public’s use, Vallem said.
“Our club put all of these trails together and we’ll be marking them for the public to use when we’re done with the race,” he said.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/EnduroColorado or call 970-326-7305.
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