Town Challenge attracting biggest fields ever

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— The Town Challenge Mountain Bike race series is on a record pace this year with more than 668 riders taking part in the first four races of the season.

"We are way ahead of last year," Parks and Recreational Services spokeswoman Christine Freeman said.

Junior (9 and under) 1.Carter Miller; 2.Hig Roberts; 3.Max Buchan; 4.Athena Fowler; 5.Sean Geisler; 6.Ford Fowler; 7.Bryce Gorden; 8. Cassady Roberts; 9. Jackson Coe Junior (ages 10-12) 1.Marty Smith; 2.Nick Crislip; 3. Abe Maynard; 4.Thomas Allen; 5.Nelson Kane; 6.Greg Ingalls; 7.Kris Allen; 8.Wiley Thayer; 9. Sam Chovan; 10.Zach Jones; 11.Taylor Coe; 12.Ryan Coe Junior (13 and older) 1.Peter Hudnut; 2.Ethan Johnson; 3. Mathew Holthausen; 4.Brad Bonner Men's Expert 1.Ben Zambrana; 2.Doug Demusz; 3.Ian Prichard; 4.Barkley Robinson; 5.Gavin Malia; 6. Marc Bennett; 7.Erik Lobeck; 8.Andrew Gunn; 9.Brock Webster; 10.Brock Kivlin Men's Expert Masters 1.Dan Chovan; 2. Marc Sehler; 3. Dan Smilkstein; 4. Michael Loomis; 5.Sandy Horner; 6.Robert Ames; 7.Rick Squires; 8. David Miller Men's Expert Vet 1.Jamie Morgan; 2.Brian Hannon; 3.Patrick West; 4.David Fisher; 5.Tom Bedell; 6.Scott Geisler; 7.Tim Murphy; 8.Donny Leavitt; 9.Brian Harlan Men's Novice 1.Scott Colby; 2.Phillip Hamier; 3.Jeff Beck; 4. Chris LeVan; 5.Tim Wilson; 6.Nick Stillwell; 7.Todd Wichelhaus; 8. Mark Miller Men's Novice Masters 1.Don White; 2. Peter Hoey; 3.Tom McCabe; 4.David Williams; 5. Larry Johnson; 6.Glenn Jones; 7.Michael Carroll; 8.David Hill; 9. Gene Dennis; 10.Neil Ganz; 11.Manuel Lucero Men's Novice Vet 1.Jon Knight; 2.Chris Keiss; 3.Clay Garner; 4. Michael Malone; 5.Bob Stack; 6.Richard Jones Men's Sport 1.Pedar Engar; 2.Mark Iverson; 3.Aaron Grutzmacher; 4.Marc Basiliese; 5.Ande Hirst; 6.Scott Blair; 7.Erik Iverson; 8.Mitchell Buck; 9.Scott Johnson; 10.Rudi Mckiosary; 11.Tim Aigner; 12.Erik Griepentrog; 13.Caleb Franklin; 14.Will Carlton; 15. Chuck Cerasoli; 16.David Eiland; 17.John Smith; 18. Essam Welch; 19. Phil Shew Men's Sport Masters 1.Roger Watson; 2.David Dunlop; 3.Mike Markle; 4.Jim Leary; 5.Tom Keenan; 6.Bob Dapper; 7.Richard Takesuye; 8.Todd Litton; 9.Scott Schlapkohl; 10.David Howell; 11.Ed Kimm; 12.Ken Shaffer; 13.Craig MacDonald; 14.SteveFleckenstein Men's Sport Vet 1.Wayne Ranieri; 2.Chuck O'Connell; 3.Ron Famigietti; 4.David Scully; 5. David High; 6.Nick Howell; 7.Michael Walker; 8. Mike Besser; 9.Kevin West; 10.Walter Magill; 11.Alan Maier; 12. Robert Congdon; 13.George Anderson; 14.Steven Dressen; 15.Steve Jones; 16.Jim Wren; 17.Steve Martinson; 18. Curt Schultz; 19.Brad Barkey Women's Expert 1.Regina Froemmling; 2. Megan Morgen; 3.Sarah Fisher; 4.Amy Harris; 5.Sally Thompson Women's Novice 1.Winn Walcott; 2. Kelly Landers; 3.Betsy Taylor; 4.Mary Ann Keiss; 5.Krista Check-Hill; 6.Elise Andres; 7.Jennifer Slechta; 8.Kathy Montz; 9.Katie Mackenzie Women's Sport 1.Liz Rostermudt; 2.Renee Nowicki; 3.Brooke Leary; 4.Susan Carlson; 5.Steph Offen Womens' Sport Vet 1.Brenda Geisler; 2.Kathy Thayer; 3.Patty Chovan; 4.Shelly Bonner; 5.Deb Jones; 6.Heather Sterne

Last year, the race series drew 508 riders through four races.

This season, the series is averaging 167 riders per event.

Freeman expects the trend to continue as the series heads into the final three events of the season.

"It's become really popular," Freeman said. "We can't put a finger on it but biking is pretty popular right now."

The fifth event of the season will be a circuit race on Wednesday evening.

The race will start and finish on the outrun of the ski runs at Howelsen Hill. Riders, depending on the class they compete in, will compete a varying number of laps around a 2.8-mile course that will incorporate the Long John and Mile runs at the ski area.

The junior classes will start at 5:30 p.m. The novice, sport women, expert women and master sport men will take off at 6 p.m.

The expert men, juniors (13-17), men's sport and men's sport veteran classes will start racing at 6:45 p.m.

Each class will do at least two laps, with the expert men racing between four and five laps of the course.

This will be an ideal event for spectators to attend, so come on out and cheer on your favorite racer. The post-race party will be held at Johnny B Good's and is open to all.

Racers can register before noon the day of the race for a reduced cost of $10. Cyclists can also register at Howelsen Hill, just prior to race time, for $15.

The race series has just three more events this season. In addition to this Wednesday's race, there will also be a circuit race on Mount Werner on Aug. 16 and a criterium on Mount Werner on Aug. 30. The Buffalo Pass Hill climb, a local favorite, will wrap things up for the series on Sept. 8.

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

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