Men’s pro riders begin their ascent up Mount Werner during the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Sunshine Loop event in 2010. Races are scheduled to start June 8 this year.

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Men’s pro riders begin their ascent up Mount Werner during the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series Sunshine Loop event in 2010. Races are scheduled to start June 8 this year.

Town Challenge mountain bike series to start June 8

Prices for season passes increase after event

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Town Challenge registration party

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Boathouse Pub, 609 Yampa Street, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages

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— The Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series will hold its annual preregistration party from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Boathouse Pub.

There, riders can get discounted season passes for the seven-race 2011 season. Adult season passes are $115, and youth passes are $50. Those prices increase to $125 and $55 after Wednesday.

People who can’t make the party also can register for a discounted season pass by visiting www.townchallenge.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Preregistration for individual races will be $20 for adults and $10 for children and is available online or at the Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department office. Day-of registration is $30 and $15.

There also will be a drawing for a season pass at the preregistration party.

“I’m looking forward to seeing everybody,” Series Director Gretchen Sehler said. “It’s time to start riding mountain bikes instead of road bikes. It’s time to start riding in the valley.”

The series was scheduled to begin this week, but Sehler decided in the middle of winter to move it back two weeks. Organizers moved the first race of the year to the end. The series now will wrap up with the Slash and Burn Cross Country on Aug. 31.

Even with that, Sehler said she was cautiously optimistic that the races will begin as scheduled.

The first race is the June 8 Howelsen Cross Country.

“There is a lot of water coming down,” Sehler said about Howelsen Hill. “We’re hoping to get something on the ground and things will dry up.”

Sehler said she wants to decide on the first race by the end of next week or the beginning of the following week. She usually sets the courses the Sunday before and said she remains confident the series will begin on time.

“As soon as I know that I have a course, I’ll get it online,” she said. “Or as soon as I know it’s postponed, I’ll get that online.”

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

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