Sports briefs for Oct. 11

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Tennis championships ahead

— The deadline to sign up for the Steamboat Springs Tennis City Championships is 5 p.m. Monday.

The tournament runs Oct. 19 to 21 and will feature brackets for all levels of players. There will also be a tournament for junior players.

The cost for the tournament is $22 for singles or $14 a person for doubles.

This year, the top eight players with National Tennis Rating Program skill-levels of 4.5 to 5.0 who register will be seeded into an invitational, round-robin tournament for the championship Sunday.

Registration forms for the City Championships are available at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs on Pine Grove Road. Registration forms for the Nov. 2 to 4 mixed doubles City Championships also are available.

For more information, call the Tennis Center at 879-8400.

Stand up for bike trails

Friday marks the end of the public comment period about a directive, or proposed update, to the management plan for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Brad Cusenbary, president of Routt County Riders, urged mountain bikers to make their voices heard before the U.S. Forest Service finalizes its plan regarding the nature and purposes of the trail.

"We don't have as many miles and miles of singletrack in comparison to other mountain communities, so to shut one down is huge," said Cusenbary, pointing to the popularity of routes along the Divide accessible from Buffalo and Rabbit Ears passes.

"The intent of this new directive is to create a common vision among all interests for the trail's future," said Richard Stem, deputy regional forester for the Rocky Mountain Region. "We welcome all of those interested in this important national trail to read the proposed directive and provide their thoughts. Our challenge is to find the balance between the laws that govern the CDNST and interests of the users who enjoy the trail."

View the directive at www.fs.fed.us/cdt/ and submit comments by mail to U.S. Forest Service, attention CDNST, 740 Simms St, Golden, CO 80401-4720 or via e-mail to cdnst@fs.fed.us. Comment templates from organizations supportive of mountain biking are available at the Continental Divide Trail Alliance's Web site, www.cdtrail.org, and at the International Mountain Bicycling Association site, www.imba.com.

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