Stephen Wilson hits a series of rollers in the Steamboat Bike Park earlier this summer. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will begin twilight bike clinics later this week.

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Stephen Wilson hits a series of rollers in the Steamboat Bike Park earlier this summer. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will begin twilight bike clinics later this week.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announces twilight bike clinics

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— Since its conception in summer 2012, the Steamboat Bike Park has added more than a half-dozen trails and has gained the support of countless community members. Now, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has unveiled the first slate of twilight bike clinics offered on the Steamboat Bike Park this summer.

“The goal of the program is to help people get better on their bikes,” ski area spokesman Mike Lane said, and “experience what all the hard work has been about.”

The program will be separated into two men’s and women’s sections. The Gravity Girls session will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays from July 25 to Aug. 29. The B3: Bros, Bikes and Berms clinic will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays from July 26 to Aug. 30.

Former professional mountain biker and current supervisor of the Steamboat Bike School, Trevyn Newpher, will run the program.

“It’s just introducing to the local community and out-of-town visitors that we have a bike school,” Newpher said.

The cost of the clinic is $69 — which includes a downhill bike rental, lift access, protective equipment, two-hour coaching session and a post-ride drink — or $39 for only coaching.

There still is some work being done to finish up the bottom half of Steamboat Bike Park’s newest trails, including Rawhide and Tenderfoot, but Newpher hopes they can be done in time for students in the clinic to test out their newfound skills before the end of the summer.

Steamboat riders always want to find time to squeeze in a ride at the end of the day, Lane said, which made this program a logical step for Ski Corp.

“With twilight mountain biking being so popular last year, it just seemed natural to provide some instruction at that time this year,” Lane said. “You can literally ride into the sunset.”

Jake Miller, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a summer intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He recently completed his freshman year at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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