Steamboat Springs Headed into the third race of the season, women's expert rider Liz Rostermundt is starting to wonder if she has a realistic shot at winning the series this season.
"Realistic, I'm not sure if it is realistic, but it would be nice to win it," Rostermundt said earlier this week.
It's just two races into the season, but the local rider has already posted first and second place results to take a slight edge in the overall series lead in the women's expert division.
She was also happy following last week's Mount Werner Hill Climb because she was less than a second behind the winner Katherine Zambrana.
"I was really psyched," Rostermundt said. "I was happy just to be that close to a rider like Katherine."
Zambrana is a pro women who has been making an impact in NORBA races across the country and many other top level biking events.
Rostermundt, however, will be looking to pad her lead when Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series returns to Howelsen Hill Wednesday night with the third race of the season a cross country.
"I love Howelsen Hill," race director Gretchen Sehler said. "It's one of my favorite areas to ride, there are so many different trails and courses to choose from."
For this cross country event, Sehler expects to challenge some of the pro and expert classes with lots of climbs and lots of very technical descents along a planned 9.7 mile loop.
Something that Rostermundt might actually enjoy.
"Climbing is my strength," Rostermundt. "I actually like those longer racers better than the sprints because it takes me a little while to get warmed up," she said.
Sehler said other classes will be tested on shorter loops that break off from the main course which is set on the challenging terrain of Howelsen Hill. The expert men will race 8.3 mile s and the expert women and sport men will complete a 7.4 mile loop.
The race will start at the bottom of the ski jumps at Howelsen with the junior classes at 5:30 p.m. and the adult classes at 6 p.m.
Sehler is expecting about 180 riders for this week's races. The last event, the Mount Werner Hill Climb, drew a record field of 206 racers.
"I've just been amazed by the attendence this year," Sehler said. "It's been really great this year."