May 30, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Steamboat Today "Steamboat's mountain bike race series kicks off Wednesday"

Brent Boyer:
" — What a difference a year makes.

The start of the 2011 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series was complicated by a long, wet spring that left many Emerald Mountain trails unridable by the time the Howelsen XC race kicked off the summer schedule.

It’s quite the opposite this year, with much of Emerald Mountain’s singletrack having been open to riders since late April. And with a forecast of sunny skies and a high temperature of 74 degrees, the 2012 version of the popular city-run mountain bike race series gets going Wednesday afternoon with an expanded Howlin’ Howelsen course.

“We are ready to go,” said Kate Warnke, who is beginning her first year as Town Challenge series director.

“It should be a beautiful day.”

As usual, Wednesday’s race features a variety of courses depending on rider classification. All races start in front of the concrete grandstands at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

For most adult racers, including those in the pro/open, expert, single speed and sport classes, the course climbs up the Bluff Loop to Ricky’s Ridge, Lupine, Emerald Meadows, Blackmer Drive, MGM, Eye to Eye, MGM, Prayer Flag Road and finally Blair Witch. The descent starts down Blackmer Drive to Lupine, Emerald Meadows, Blackmer Drive to Long John, back to lower Lupine via the lower stock pond, and then down Upper Bluffs before crossing the parking lot by the horse stables and finishing back in the rodeo arena.

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