Similar in outdoor beauty
to the St. George area, the southeastern desert of Utah has a different kind of
magic. Especially the weekend of March 9-12, the small rural town of Moab attracts
road cyclists from around the country to enjoy four days of fully supported,
world class road cycling through spectacular landscape. Participants are
treated to rolling spins along the Colorado River, to Dead Horse Point State
Park, and the crown jewel of a ride through Arches National Park. The Skinny
Tire Festival quickly became a pilgrimage for cyclists eager to brush off the
winter cold and venture into warmer spring temperatures in Moab. This cycling
season opener has attracted riders from not only regional states but throughout
the nation and Canada.
What is it about the Moab
Skinny Tire Festival that attracts roadies from all over? It’s not just the
amazing landscape, where one’s soul can come out and play; it’s not just the
inspirational views that make one feel both empowered and insignificant at the
same time. It’s a combination of those things plus the underlining emotions of
hundreds of others coming together sharing a passion. For a reason!
Established as a benefit
ride for cancer survivorship programs and research, the festival raises funds
that go back into changing the world of cancer. “We’ve had cyclists attending
this event every year since its inception; we are like family,” said founder
Mark Griffith. “We’ve shared laughter and tears as we’ve all gone through some
kind of cancer experience and put purpose to our cycling.”
register and are required to donate to a cancer-related cause – of which there
Over the past 13 years, Skinny
Tire Festival cyclists have donated $3.6 million to cancer research and survivorship
programs all over the world. The Huntsman Hometown Heroes team participates to
raise funds for much-needed research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. “Recently
I heard the words I’d only been wishing for … that I was in full remission,”
commented Arlo Tejada, recipient of last year’s Spirit of Survivorship Award.
“I appreciate the research dollars that made the new drug treatment I’m using
possible. It has saved my life.”
Activities during the
festival weekend include the world famous Banff Mountain Film Festival, a
Cowboy Cookout at Red Cliffs Lodge, awards and private rides for top fundraisers,
live music, and an all-around fabulous time. Remember:
Every rider, every dollar and every spin of
the sprocket is one step closer to finding a cure for cancer, all in one of the
most breathtaking places on earth.
For more information,
visit www.skinnytireevents.com or call (435) 260-8889.