Rocky Mountain Harley rally makes its way to Steamboat Springs this week
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Harley Davidson riders from all over the world and the country will make their way to Steamboat Springs for the Rocky Mountain HOG Rally this week.
“When people think of Harleys, they often think of engines revving at Sturgis,” said Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association public relations manager Maren McCutchan. “That’s not what this rally is about. This destination rally is about fellow HOG members getting together with their family and friends to enjoy fellowship, show off their pretty motorcycles and share their stories of the road and their journey getting to Steamboat.”
The Rocky Mountain HOG — Harley Owners Group — Rally will bring a variety of motorcycle riding agility events that kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs High School parking lot and continue from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Both events will be open to spectators.
The best place to get a peek of the action, McCutchan said, is Friday during the bike show, which will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Yampa Street. The show will consist of about 50 classic Harley bikes divided into 10 different classes. When the sun goes down, the bikes will turn on their lights and offer a “lighted bike show.” The public will be able to vote for their favorite bike with the People’s Choice award.
According to McCutchan, Steamboat was selected as one of the Rocky Mountain rally locations because it offers some of the most scenic and beautiful riding in the state. As of last week, there were over 600 riders registered with more expected to arrive in Steamboat Wednesday and Thursday.
The Harley Owners Group is a diverse organization consisting of families, empty nesters and older professionals who also happen to be motorcycle enthusiasts.
“The cool thing about it is that each rider has a different journey to get here, and many riders make their own unique plans to tour the state once they are here,” McCutchan said.
While the riders are in northern Colorado, they will also be going on several guided rides including day trips to Glenwood Springs, Loveland and Wolford Mountain Reservoir.
McCutchan said these events were originally planned to leave from the high school parking lot, but because of the early start times, riders have decided to depart from the Steamboat Springs Transit Center parking lot to keep the noise down in the neighborhood.
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