Town Challenge bike series continues

Sports briefs


— The third of eight Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series events will bring local racers back up the steeps of Howelsen Hill and lower Emerald Mountain.

The Howelsen Hill Summer Sizzler Cross-Country race is tonight, starting a the base of Howelsen Hill.

Town Challenge race director Gretchen Sehler said the race should provide a tour of the trails crisscrossing Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain "from one end to the other."

"It kind of goes up, down, up, down," Sehler said of the winding course that climbs to the Heart Field, out MGM Trail nearly to the Quarry area before barreling down Upper Meadow. From there, the courses vary depending on age, gender and skill divisions.

Unlike the season's previous race at Howelsen, which was a dual-lap circuit, this race will feature a single lap for the expert and pro divisions that is just longer than nine miles.

Registration is at the race site. The cost is $16 for adults and $11 for youths.

Sehler reminded racers to properly hydrate before the race. Youth divisions and the Miller Lite racers start at 5:30 p.m. from behind the Howelsen Hill Lodge. Adult men's and women's novice, sport, expert and pro divisions will start at staggered intervals from 6 to 6:41 p.m. Visit for complete start times, course descriptions and a course map.

Locals see Mountain States Cup success

Steamboat Springs mountain bikers Bryce Gordon and Katherine Ingalls lived up to their No. 1 division rankings in the Mountain States Cup standings during the weekend in the third of the summer's seven MSC regional championship series events.

Gordon won the junior expert men's division, and Ingalls won the junior expert women's division of the Shimano Wildflower Cross-Country race of the Yeti Cycles Wildflower Rush event in Crested Butte.

Of the 15 local riders participating in the event, eight riders landed in the top 10. Nate Bird and Dave Gale took home cross-country wins in the expert men's 25-29 and sport men's 25-29 divisions, respectively, and Marin Campbell took second in the super-D sport women's 19-plus division. Other top finishers included: Barkley Robinson, 10th in the cross-country pro men's division; Sean Geisler, ninth in the cross-county junior sport men's 18-and-under; Ned Kajko, seventh in the downhill sport men's 19-24; Ian Gale and Jonathon Somenek, fifth and 10th in the downhill beginner men's 19-29, respectively; Abi Slingsby, ninth in the sport women's 30-39 division.

Steamboat swim team takes fourth at invitational

Steamboat Springs's Team Lightning youth swim club filled the lanes of Grand Junction's Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool this weekend with 44 competitors, and the team clocked fast enough times to earn a fourth-place finish out of 18 Western Slope teams at the Dolphin Invitational.

"I was so proud to get fourth out of this group," Steamboat head coach Essi Kenttala said. "It was awesome to see the bigger, year-round, hard-core teams to show our kids what they can hope for and where they can go."

The result was a bit of surprise for Kenttala - not because Steamboat finished among the top tier of larger communities, but because of the team's positive adjustment to a 50-meter pool.

"It was quite an experience for the kids with really fast turns, when they don't get that break, so it was challenging for them to beat their times," Kenttala said. "It was probably more beneficial to the younger (development team) kids, because they haven't quite mastered their turns yet and can really just go."

What started with energetic sprint events Friday turned into exhaustion by Sunday as temperatures soared above 100 degrees, Kenttala said.

Steamboat still had a few swimmers with impressive performances. Frank Ruppel had 12 podium finishes - six of them wins - to finish as the third-highest 10-and-under boys' point winner. Amy Brodie finished fourth in the 14-and-under girls' rankings with three third-place finishes, and Penn Lukens, 12, also finished fourth in his age category with a big win in the 100-meter backstroke. Other individual event podium finishers included Keala and Malia Fraioli, Lucy Franklin, Brad Hoefer, Emma Lichtenfels, Libby and Meghan Lukens, Finn and Kathleen O'Connell, Haley Piske and Katie Ross.

Team Lightning has the weekend off before heading to a meet in Craig on July 7 and 8.

Caroline Lalive named

to U.S. Alpine Ski Team

Steamboat Springs' Caroline Lalive was one of 27 women and 27 men recently named to the U.S. Alpine Ski Team's 2008 A, B, C and Development teams. Lalive suffered a severe left knee and thigh injury on January 25, 2006, the same day she was named to her third Olympics team. She spent last winter rehabilitating and coaching for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Lalive, 27, returns as one of eight women named to the Alpine A team and as the Winter Sports Club's only representative on the 2008 U.S. team.

"These returnees are all proven World Cup contenders," U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt said, "and it will be good to regain their talent and leadership skills, especially for the younger skiers on the 2008 Ski Team."

World Championships medalists Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, Calif.) and Lindsey Kildow (Vail) plus Olympic champion Ted Ligety (Park City, Utah) and first-time World Cup winner Steven Nyman (Provo, Utah) headline the 2008 team.

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