Town Challenge bike race series wraps up Wednesday |

Town Challenge bike race series wraps up Wednesday

Tammy Jacques, front, and Kelly Boniface race during a 2011 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series event at Emerald Mountain. Wednesday's Soul of Emerald Cross-Country race will wrap up this year's series.

— The summer's final Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series event, set to begin with children’s races at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, won't alter the top podium spot in the season-long points race.

Dominating performances all season have locked the men's pro division champ, Peter Kalmes, and the women's expert champ, Kate Rench, into those positions, and nothing that could happen Wednesday can change that.

But Town Challenge races are always unique because of the personal rivalries that stand out throughout the field. Even riders at the back of the pack jockey for position and track their week-to-week results. No matter how much drama is there at the top of the race, there's sure to be plenty throughout as racers get one final chance to compete.

Wednesday's race returns to Emerald Mountain for the fourth time this summer with the Soul of Emerald Cross-Country race. The race will begin at the base of Howelsen Hill, head up past the stables and the rodeo arena and turn and twist its way up and around Emerald before descending from near the ski jumps back to the starting line. Click here for complete course descriptions for all race categories.

The men's pro/open division starts at 6 p.m. The women's novice division is the last to start, getting away at 6:24 p.m. Start times for all race divisions are posted here.

A top showdown will come in the men's pro/open division, where Alex Pond and Trevor Walz are tied for second place. In the women's expert division, Katie Lindquist and Becky Sears are separated by only two points for third place. The championships of many of the other divisions also are within reach of at least two and sometimes three or four riders.

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The race is open to all riders. Check out for more information and to sign up.

A postseason party will follow with catering from The Drunken Onion Get & Go Kitchen. The cost is $10.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email

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