Steamboat Ski Area to host bike race, free concerts Sept. 28 to 30

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The Steamboat Ski Area will ends its first summer of extensive downhill biking access with half-off bike park tickets and the inaugural Quick & Chainless Downhill Bike Race.

The events will take place during the resort’s “SummerEndo” closing summer weekend of Sept. 28-30. The weekend also will feature three free concerts on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square.

Downhill mountain biking access on closing weekend will include all trails except for Tenderfoot and Rawhide, according to a Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. news release. Passes to the bike park will be 50 percent off for all riders, including winter season passholders. The Quick & Chainless race begins at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 on Rustler Ridge. The race is for intermediate and advanced riders, who will compete without bike chains on the 5.3-mile downhill course. Registration is limited to the first 200 riders. Entry costs $30, or $20 for bike park passholders. There will be prizes for the first-, second- and third-place finishers in men’s, women’s and children’s (15 and younger) race categories. The downhill trails will be closed to the public during the race.

The free concert lineup features Jeremy Buck at 6 p.m. Sept. 28, Wise100Doors & Friends at 6 p.m. Sept. 29, and The Sean Patrick McGraw Band at 4 p.m. Sept. 30.

“With the debut of the new Steamboat Bike Park and downhill trails, plus the first summer enjoying the completed promenade and Burgess Creek, a celebration was definitely warranted,” Jim Schneider, Ski Corp.’s vice president of skier services, said in the news release. “We want to thank everyone who worked so hard to get us to this point and all the folks that have shown their support by enjoying all that is going on during the summer at the mountain.”

To register for the bike race, visit www.steamboat.com/chainless.

Steamboat Bike Park

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