Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series ends Wednesday |

Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series ends Wednesday

Season wraps with Slash and Burn ride on Emerald

Luke Graham

— The competitive playground closes Wednesday, but not before several close categories are decided in the 2011 Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series.

Wednesday's race, the Emerald Slash and Burn cross-country, is the last of the season, and most of the season standings will be decided by Wednesday's performances.

Two classifications to take note of include the men's pro/open field, in which Peter Kalmes owns a two-point lead over Brad Bingham, and the women's expert division, in which Kelly Boniface and Tammy Jacques are tied at the top.

Children's races begin at 5 p.m., with adult divisions set to go at 5:30 p.m.

All categories except the children's races, the women's novice division and the youth ages 13 to 15 division will follow the same 9.75-mile route.

"It's your classic climb up the hill and fly down the hill," race series director Gretchen Sehler said. "On the way up, I tried to use as many trails as I can."

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The course starts at Howelsen Lodge and climbs up Mile Run, Blackmer Drive, Eye 2 Eye, MGM and Larry's before hitting Prayer Flag Road. There, racers will have opportunity to pass one another before descending.

"I wanted to give people time to pass before the downhill," Sehler said. "Then they can duke it out on the downhill."

Race registration opens at 4:15 p.m. at Howelsen Lodge. The cost is $20 for children and $30 for adults.

For more information or a full course map, go to

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

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