Rain postpones mountain bike series


— For the first time in more than a year, rain has delayed a Town Challenge Mountain Bike race.
Last Wednesday's circuit race, which was scheduled to take place at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area was canceled by a thunder, lightning and rain storm.
"It's the first time we've been rained out in two or three years and only the second time we've been rained out in the history of the series," race director Gretchen Sehler said.
The postponed race has been moved to this Wednesday evening. It will be held in the same place, starting at the bottom of the Thunderhead chairlift, and at the same time, 6 p.m.
The race will be the sixth of the eight-event Town Challenge Mountain Bike series, which takes place roughly every other week.
The dates for the final two events, including the Mount Werner Criterium scheduled for Aug. 30 and the Buffalo Pass Hill Climb scheduled for Sept. 8, will remain unchanged.
Town Challenge races have drawn record crowds this season as the popularity of mountain bike racing in the Tampa Valley continues to grow. The series will crown overall men and women winner at the end of the season. Titles will also be handed out in several different age and ability classes.
Riders can sign up for the Aug. 23 race until noon on race day for $10. Riders will also be allowed to sign up at the race site until 5:45 p.m. that day for a cost of $15.
Riders who have already registered for the postponed race, should show up at the race site the night of the race. There is no need to reregister for the events.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net


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