Town Challenge rides back to Emerald |

Town Challenge rides back to Emerald

Peter Kalmes rides on Emerald Mountain during a Town Challenge Mountain Bike race last year. Kalmes will go for his 18th consecutive win in the series Wednesday when the Town Challenge returns to Emerald Mountain.

— By this time last year, the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series in Steamboat Springs had raced not once, but twice at Emerald Mountain.

This year's schedule shaved a week off the front of the annual summer circuit, however, and it added a venue in Marabou Ranch. Account for last week's race being at Steamboat Ski Area and some way, some how the Town Challenge series is only just now getting to the most popular trail group in town.

The Town Challenge returns at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, finally back to the series' most regular spot for the Emerald Envy race.

"We're expecting a pretty good turnout. People are excited to get back to Howelsen and Emerald," series director David Stevenson said. "It should be a great race, hopefully the weather holds and we'll rock and roll."

The races will start at 5:40 p.m. with all novice racers and the youth 13-15 classification. Children's races will follow and the pro/open class will take off at 5:50.

This may be racers' first crack at Emerald this season, but they'll get a belly full of trail.

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A daunting course awaits, especially the top riders, who will go about 13.5 miles up, down, up then down on the trails of Emerald.

"People are excited to get out there," Stevenson said. "It's the bread and butter of the Town Challenge."

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