Sunshine Loop offers racers a classic ride

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— With four races left in the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike series, riders who are interested in winning their divisions can make a push tonight in the Mount Werner Sunshine Loop.

Race director Gretchen Sehler said every race has been intense so tonight's won't be any different.

"This is the longest race but it's not the most technical," Sehler said. "The Sunshine Loop is the classic ride on the mountain."

The Sunshine Loop also is a standard race for every Town Challenge season, Sehler said.

She enjoys mixing up courses, but the loop remains the same every year.

Several divisions will ride as far as 14 miles, from Gondola Square three-quarters of the way to Mount Werner's summit, and then back down.

"It is a fair amount of climbing," Sehler said. "It's a great race."

Halfway through the Town Challenge season, several divisions are close.

Eight points separate Emily Keiss and Anna Anderson in the girls 13-15 division.

One point is all that separates Liz Rostermundt and Kristin Cannon, and Ian Prichard and Barkley Robinson in the women's expert and pro/open divisions, respectively.

In a number of other divisions, the leader only has a single-digit lead.

Tonight's Mount Werner Sunshine Loop begins at 5:30 p.m. for the children's races.

Adults will begin in waves at 6 p.m.

The pro/open division will be the first one out at the start/finish area near Gondola Square.

Registration is available tonight for those interested. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children.

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