Town Challenge bike race at Marabou is Wednesday |

Town Challenge bike race at Marabou is Wednesday

Luke Graham

Matt Eggen rides in last June's Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race at Marabou Ranch near Steamboat Springs. That race attracted more than 200 riders.

— Here is something new for Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series competitors: a race that doesn't feature a long grind uphill followed by a fast descent downhill.

Wednesday marks the second race in the series, a fun and fast trek in the Marabou Cross-Country.

"There are no long climbs," race director Gretchen Sehler said. "A lot of people really like it because it's not the classic up and down and around thing."

Day-of registration for the race begins at 4:30 p.m. For those who haven't registered early, the cost is $30 for adults and $20 for children. Children's races will begin at 5:30 p.m. with adult races to follow at 6 p.m. There will be parking and registration at the barn with the start of the race at the Outfitters Lodge.

The pro/open, expert and singlespeed divisions will follow a 12.79-mile course. All competitors in sport and men's novice divisions, and youths ages 16 to 18, will ride an 8.7-mile course. Novice women will race a 6-mile course.

Sehler encouraged all to come out and ride a rarely accessible trail.

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"This is a place you never get to ride except for once a year," she said. "The after-party is right on the river and a great venue. The whole package is awesome."

The after-party is immediately after the race and is a catered meal from The Drunken Onion. The cost for the meal is $10.

Sehler encouraged people to leave earlier for the race, because Marabou is off of Routt County Road 42 west of Steamboat Springs.

She also said anyone is welcome to come watch and asked that people leave dogs at home. More information and complete course descriptions are at

— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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