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Steamboat Springs Colorado's lone stage race of the year is coming to Steamboat in September.
The inaugural Steamboat Springs Bicycle Stage Race is slated for Sept. 4 to 7.
The stage race involves a time trial Sept. 4 at Marabou Ranch, a circuit race Sept. 5 at Marabou Ranch, a road race Sept. 6 and a criterium race around downtown Steamboat on Sept. 7.
For full descriptions of the stages, go to www.bikesteamboat.com.
"It started with a group of us six guys back in December and January exploring options," race promoter Corey Piscopo said. "It was a group of business owners and cyclists. We're all from Steamboat, so we were familiar with the roads. The courses we picked were a good balance of safety, challenging terrain and convenience."
The race will feature different divisions and racers of all abilities, Piscopo said. In addition to many prizes, a $5,000 purse will be split between the nine divisions.
All riders must be licensed with the American Cycling Association. The ACA also decides how far each division must ride.
In a stage race, riders must finish the first stage to go on to the next.
"Stage races people aren't really familiar with," Piscopo said. "A stage race requires each rider to complete each stage before moving on to the next day. You have to do all of them. You're racing for an overall time and placing."
Registration costs $100 and can be done at www.bikesteamboat.com or www.bikereg.com. The race is limited to the first 75 registrants in each division.
Although it's in its first year, Piscopo said he hopes to potentially expand the race in coming years. He said ideally, the race would get at least 100 riders this year and that he wouldn't be surprised to see as many as 300.
"This year, if it's on the small side, it would be good," Piscopo said. "Maybe in the next couple of years we will expand the reach a little outside of Colorado."