Tim Zander leads a pack of cyclists during last year’s Marabou race for the Town Challenge Mountain Bike series. This year’s event is set for June 13, and the series starts May 30 with the Howlin’ Howelsen XC race.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Tim Zander leads a pack of cyclists during last year’s Marabou race for the Town Challenge Mountain Bike series. This year’s event is set for June 13, and the series starts May 30 with the Howlin’ Howelsen XC race.

Steamboat's Town Challenge gears up for another season

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Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series sign-up party

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Boathouse Pub, 609 Yampa Street, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $50 - $120

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2012 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series schedule

May 30: Howlin’ Howelsen XC

June 13: Marabou XC

June 27: Epic Emerald XC

July 11: Sunshine Loop XC

July 25: Quarry Mountain XC

Aug. 8: Storm Peak Challenge Hill Climb

Aug. 22: Soul of Emerald XC

— The official start to the 2012 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series isn’t for another week, but things crank up Wednesday night with a sign-up party at The Boathouse Pub.

The event, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., gives riders of all ages and abilities a chance to sign up for a discounted season pass to the race series. The cost is $120 for adults and $50 for children 17 and younger. Riders also can purchase the pass until midnight at www.townchallenge.com.

Prices for season passes increase $10 for adults and $5 for children after Wednesday. Individual races are $20 for adults and $10 for children if riders register in advance of race day. Day-of race registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children.

“It’s always good to register in advance,” said Kate Warnke, who takes over this year as race series director for Gretchen Sehler, who resigned.

In addition to food and drink specials, Warnke said Wednesday’s event will feature prize drawings, including a free season pass for this year’s race series. Other prizes include tickets to the July 4 Blues Traveler concert at Red Rocks.

“It’s a kick-off party to get people excited about the race series,” Warnke said.

The Town Challenge is an increasingly popular seven-race series with events that take place on the trails at Emerald Mountain, the Steamboat Ski Area and Marabou Ranch.

Last year saw tremendous turnout, with some races attracting as many as 200 riders.

For more information, course descriptions or to sign up for specific events, visit www.townchallenge.com.

“We’re looking forward to the season and getting everyone riding,” Warnke said. “We want as many people enjoying all the beautiful trails in Steamboat.”

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

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