Children come off the starting line during the Storm Peak Challenge race Aug. 11, 2010, at Steamboat Ski Area. Originally scheduled for last week, this year’s race starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Children come off the starting line during the Storm Peak Challenge race Aug. 11, 2010, at Steamboat Ski Area. Originally scheduled for last week, this year’s race starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Town Challenge makeup race set for Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area

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If you go

What: Storm Peak Challenge hill climb

When: Children’s races begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday; pro division starts at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Steamboat Ski Area

Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for children

Online: www.townchallenge...>

Schedule

Remaining Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series events

Aug. 17: Dog Days of Summer Cross-country

Aug. 31: Slash and Burn Cross-country

— Just because it took a week longer doesn’t mean the Storm Peak Challenge hill climb will get any easier.

Originally scheduled for last week but washed away because of rain, the fifth of seven Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series events is rescheduled for Wednesday.

The course remains the same climb of 3,000 vertical feet.

It’s a daunting and grueling 7-mile course from the Thunderhead Express chairlift to the summit of Storm Peak.

The only difference is the start time.

Children’s races begin at 5 p.m., with the pro division slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Registration is open from 4:30 to 5 p.m. The cost is $30 for adults and $20 for children.

The pro and expert divisions will go up Zig Zag to the top of the gondola. From there, the course turns to the left and onto Elkhead to the Rainbow Saddle and up Four Points Road. Racers then will go onto Sunshine to the intersection of Cathy’s and up Pete’s Wicked Trail before finishing at the top of the Storm Peak Express chairlift.

Sport, youth and novice classes will follow the same course up to the gondola, left to Elkhead and the Rainbow Saddle before splitting off on a different course. Riders then will go right onto Duster Road and follow that to the finish at Rendezvous Saddle.

For more information, including a full course map or to preregister, go to www.townchallenge.com.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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