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Biking Series, Part 2: Battling to be the bike town

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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 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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Troy Rarick 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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