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Posted on February 01 2018, 11:26am by Mark Esper in Local News category

Epic fat-tire bike race to roll on Saturday


There may not be a lot of snow on the ground, but organizers of the Fourth Annual Silverton Whiteout fat-tire bike race scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, aren’t worried about that.

About 200 riders and dozens of volunteers and supporters are ready to roll, said race director Sarah Tescher of Durango.

She described it as “the event that is impossible to cancel due to snow conditions.”

The race was launched in 2015 by Russell Zimmerman, owner of Durango Cyclery, and Tescher.

Aside from the 10-hour race on Saturday, the Whiteout also includes a “TTT” Night Ride on Friday.

“The TTT night ride has happened every year of the Whiteout. I lead it, but often I’m still out on course setting up and miss it,” Tescher said.

She explained that TTT is a nickname of hers.  

“I can’t tell you what it means as it isn’t appropriate for the newspaper, but it is a code name for me when I get super serious and muscle my way around and forget to stop and ‘smell the flowers’ and to show my appreciation.”

She said the Friday night ride starting at 7 p.m. is open to anyone who wants to come along.

On Sunday morning at 10 a.m. the Grand Imperial there will be a showing of the movie “Mary Poppins.”

What’s that got to do with the Whiteout?

Tescher said a good friend of hers, Thad Ferrell, had a climbing accident this past fall.  

“Thad and I have a lot in common but one thing we really have in common is that we love Mary Poppins,” Tescher said. “Before his accident, we had talked about an outside showing for free in Durango. The showing is just to celebrate life and those unknowns in life that aren’t always easy. Like Mary Poppins says, ‘In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.’”


Kicking off at 9 a.m. at the Grand Imperial, riders can participate in the event by riding solo, duo, in a team, a family team or register for a “One Lap Wonder.” 

The course winds through Silverton’s streets and alleys, out to Arastra Gulch, up the Shrine Hill Road and back into town.

To register, go to www.silvertonwhiteout.com


Volunteers needed

The Silverton Whiteout is looking for volunteers for 2-hour shifts. If interested, contact volunteer coordinator at Nan Cresto nancresto@gmail.com or 970-560-1195



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