About Skinny Tire Events

Moab Skinny Tire Events are exhilarating road cycling events in the spectacular red rock canyons, arches and mountains of Moab, Utah.  Cyclists know about Moab, but they know it as the home of the Slickrock Trail, the Mecca of mountain bikers. What many don’t realize is that Moab has some of the best road biking in the world. There are hundreds of miles of paved roads throughout the world-class scenery that is known by every adventure seeker globally.

The Skinny Tire Festival in March is the first road cycling event of the year and spans three days with rides through Arches National Park, along the mighty Colorado River surrounded by red rock cliffs, and out to Dead Horse Point overlooking the huge expanse of Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River.

The Moab Century Tour in the autumn is a three day road cycling event and encompasses an inspiring variety of landscape to awaken the cycling spirit with rides to suit all skill levels. From the depths of the redrock canyons of Moab, riders begin to glimpse at the towering mountains above. This spectacular route rises from the sculptured canyons of the mighty Colorado River up into the La Sal Mountains, then descends back into the canyons leaving you speechlessly in awe of the grand scale of this magical place.
 
A third annual tour - MoonShadows in Moab -  takes advantage of the cool moonlit evenings giving a very different cycling experience in canyon country.
 
But, this is road cycling with a difference... a deeper purpose.

These road cycling events have been organized to support the fight against cancer, creating an experience where Survivorship and Research toward a cure is the focus.

Moab's Skinny Tire Events are not only fund raisers for cancer research and survivorship, but are intended to create an experience that uplifts, rewards and rejuvenates on many levels — physically with the cycling challenges, emotionally and mentally with shared stories from others about their cancer situations, losses, etc., and spiritually in the unique way that only nature can accomplish.
It's about seeing an obstacle and knowing you can get through it.  It's feeling the reward on the downside of the climb — the last day of treatment — every day you choose to live versus succumb.  The scenery inspires... helps one think, experience, rejuvenate & regenerate.
Many people return year after year, so it begins to feel like family — the kind of family that's the best to have around — offering a shoulder, a hand up... a standing ovation. 

Why Cycling? —  Cycling supports survivorship because it gets you out, keeps you active, allows one to pound out the energy, and yet take the time to look around and appreciate nature and life — one third of all cancer can be prevented through diet and exercise.
 
Why Moab? — This landscape is unique... cycling alongside sandstone rock formations millions of years old, petroglyphs & ruins that have stood the test of time, the Colorado River carving it's way through the land for millennia, the vast depth & breadth of the Canyonlands seen from above, and the cool majestic mountains of the La Sal's - it's all right here!

Channeling your energy riding through the grandeur of Moab’s canyon country is bound to inspire. For most riders, cycling is more than just a release it can help define a deeper sense of purpose.  To add to that purpose, these events are not only exciting road cycling rides, but are fundraisers for the benefit of people diagnosed with cancer and to contribute to vital research that is essential to finding a cure.

Funds raised from the Skinny Tire Festival and Moab Century Tour benefit the Moab Cancer Treatment Center and other cancer survivorship and research organizations. Each participant in these events is making a major contribution to this worthy cause. 
 
You, as a participant, become a part of this incredible endeavor to change the world for millions of people whose lives are impacted by cancer - join us!

After losing his older brother to cancer, Mark Griffith wanted to find a way to deal with his grief. He wanted to do something. He put purpose to his cycling and began the Moab Skinny Tire Festival with a few close friends to raise money for cancer survivorship programs. Twelve riders signed up that first year and raised $1200. Eleven years later, over six thousand cyclists have participated and donated over $2 million to a variety of charitable causes. The Moab's Skinny Tire Events are not only fund raisers for cancer research and survivorship, but also benefit Kids on Bikes---an organization that brings joy to kids, one bike at a time.

All the events are intended to create an experience that uplifts, rewards and rejuvenates on many levels — physically with the cycling challenges, emotionally and mentally with shared stories from others about their cancer situations, losses, etc., and spiritually in the unique way that only nature can accomplish.

Local bike shops, local and regional sponsors, and hundreds of volunteers make the events happen year after year after year.
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