Nate Bird and Jaime Brede stand atop the podium after winning the co-ed duo division of the Breckenridge Firecracker 50 mountain bike race Thursday. The pair helped lead the way for a strong contingent of Steamboat Springs riders.

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Nate Bird and Jaime Brede stand atop the podium after winning the co-ed duo division of the Breckenridge Firecracker 50 mountain bike race Thursday. The pair helped lead the way for a strong contingent of Steamboat Springs riders.

Steamboat cyclists strong in Breckenridge race

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— Strong performances by Steamboat Springs riders at the Breckenridge Firecracker 50 have become as regular a July 4 holiday fixture as barbecues, and this year’s version was no different. A flock of locals flew to top finishes at the 50-mile Summit County race.

None placed higher than Nate Bird and Jaime Brede, who won the co-ed duo class. The pair scorched the course in 4 hours, 7 minutes and 28.9 seconds, more than 7 minutes faster than their nearest competition.

Peter Kalmes led a strong group in the men’s pro/open division. He placed sixth, in 3:43:23.8. Alex Pond placed seventh in 3:44:19.4, and Barkley Robinson was 11th in 3:51:52.2.

Kate Rench won the women’s expert 40-49 division, finishing in 4:41:13.6.

Elsewhere, Craig Rench was 24th in the men’s expert 40-44 class in 5:00:27.1, and Matt Heydon was sixth in 4:41:29.1 in the men’s expert 45-49 division.

2013 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series schedule

Town Challenge returns Wednesday

Racers will get a chance to get back in the saddle locally Wednesday as the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series returns for the Sunshine Loop Cross-Country race on Mount Werner.

The race will begin and end at the base of the gondola in Steamboat Springs and first divisions will start at 5:25 p.m.

Registration still is available online at www.townchallenge.com, $10 for children and $25 for adults. Day-of registration will be available onsite for $15 and $35.

The course will be another tough one, pushing the expert, pro and singlespeed divisions to nearly 15 miles with loads of climbing early and plenty of fast descending afterward.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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