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Routt County in photos: May 18, 2013

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Runners come down Amethyst Drive while competing in the Spirit Challenge on Saturday. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Steamboat Ski Area capped the first season at its new downhill bike park last fall with a downhill race. The ski area is hoping to open more trails this summer and expand the park in coming years. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Matthew Doro rides through a sunlit meadow on Emerald Mountain during a Quarry Mountain Town Challenge race in Steamboat Springs. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Adam Smith flies over a jump as the crowd cheers during the 2012 Quick and Chainless Downhill Mountain Bike Race at Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Jody Gale leads a long train of riders up Mount Werner as a part of the Thundehead Hill Climb Town Challenge mountain bike race in 2008. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Steamboat Springs resident Brian Stevenson rides the Zippity Do Da trail in April in the North Fruita Desert, a popular trail system in Mesa County, also known as 18 Road. Photo by Matt Stensland

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A cyclist rides along Mary’s Loop in the Kokopelli Trail system. Photo by Matt Stensland

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A large banner affixed to a silo helps brand Fruita as a mountain biking destination. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Troy Rarick Photo by Matt Stensland

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Troy Rarick took a gamble and opened the Over the Edge Sports bike shop in his hometown in spring 1995. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Businesses like the Hot Tomato Cafe in Fruita market themselves to the visiting cyclists. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Steamboat Springs resident Zac Riley rides the Holy Cross trail at the Lunch Loops trail system in Grand Junction. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Red-tailed hawk taken near Mount Harris. Submitted by: Leonard Auter

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Red-tailed hawk taken near Mount Harris. Submitted by: Leonard Auter

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Sleeping Giant silhouette in the rain. Submitted by: Jim Miller

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Maria Parekh competes in the Spirit Challenge on Saturday. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Greener by the day. Submitted by: Ryan Lohan

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Runners come down Amethyst Drive while competing in the Spirit Challenge on Saturday. Photo by Matt Stensland

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West Grand's Tabor Scholl leads the pack on the last lap of the girls 1,600-meter run Saturday at the state track meet in Lakewood. Scholl might be familiar to Steamboat residents because her family frequently competes in Steamboat Springs Running Series races. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Hayden's Savannah Williams competes Saturday in the 1,600-meter run at the state track meet in Lakewood. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Hayden senior Jorge Valdez catches the high jump bar with his leg Saturday at the state track meet in Lakewood. He finished fifth in the event. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Program Director Andy Kennedy presents an award to Routt County Sheriff's Office Deputy Seth Huntington for the Sheriff's Office's efforts in picking up litter using inmates at the jail. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Volunteers line up for lunch at Howelsen Hill after Community Cleanup Day. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Routt County Manager Tom Sullivan and Ann Bronner pick up trash along U.S. Highway 40 on Saturday during Community Cleanup Day. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Steamboat Springs resident Pam Ruehle picks up trash Saturday at West Lincoln Park during Community Cleanup Day. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Volunteers check in and pick up supplies at the Routt County Courthouse on Saturday for Community Cleanup Day. Photo by Matt Stensland

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