Crested Butte cup awaits local bikers

Mountain biking festival starts today

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— Crested Butte has been proclaimed one of Colorado's premier mountain biking destinations. A number of Steamboat Springs riders will have the chance to determine that this weekend during the next leg of the Mountain States Cup competition.

The Wildflower Rush event, the fourth in the eight-race summer series, will run through the weekend in Crested Butte.

The event starts today in conjunction with the Crested Butte Fat Tire Festival and bike week.

A half dozen Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club riders will be among Routt County's entrants into the competitions.

"Crested Butte is considered the capital of mountain biking. It's a real festive atmosphere, so it will be pretty exciting for those guys to go check it out," said Winter Sports Club biking program coordinator Ben Clark.

Linnea Dixson will lead the Winter Sports Club bikers. After qualifying for the national championships in the Category 2 Sport division, Dixson will take the step up and race in the Category 1 Expert class. There also will be a pro division and a Category 3 race at the weekend's event.

"I think she's a shoo-in to qualify again," Clark said. "She's super strong and motivated to do really well."

Sarah Dixson, Dane Dixson, Jeffrey Gay and Aiden Rohde will race in the Category 2 class. Alec Schaffer will race in the Category 3 division.

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