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Joel Reichenberger

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Brutal day awaits riders in Stage 2

Stage 1 was supposed to be the easy day, but it turned into a major test. Now riders in the 2015 USA Pro Challenge face another major hurdle — or a series of them, actually — in a climb-filled Stage 2.

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Steamboat surprise: BMC's Phinney wins stunning Stage 1

Boulder cyclist Taylor Phinney surged from an exhausted, exasperated peloton to win Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge in thrilling fashion Monday afternoon in Steamboat Springs.

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Carrying the burden: Dark horse Israeli team thrilled to race Colorado

Team Cycling Academy is well aware it was a long shot to make the field of 16 teams in the USA Pro Challenge, but Israel's first serious pro team is intent on showing it belongs.

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Here they come! Riders expect swift sprint in Steamboat

It's going to be a sprint finish to Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat Springs ... unless a cow gets in the way.

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Life in the peloton

Kevin De Mesmaeker only dreams one dream at a time, so while visions of champagne on the Champs-Élysées and Tour de France yellow surely dance in the imagination of many cyclists, he’s focused several steps lower.

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Hang on, have fun the theme at fair

Every day is a day for the animals at the Routt County Fair, with lambs and hogs dragging their young “masters” around the showmanship ring, cattle getting obsessively washed and rabbits living the high life. Saturday’s youth rodeo events built on that theme.

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31 nations represented in USA Pro Challenge

As professional cycling teams cut across and around Steamboat Springs Friday, the race they were training for made official the start list for this year’s USA Pro Challenge. There will be 125 riders from 31 different countries taking part.

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Adventure of the Week: The day I raced the peloton

Routt County's Coal Mine Loop is a great local road riding challenge

The Coal Mine Loop, the setting for Monday's Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge, is a beautiful local challenge for road bikers. It's a gritty and exhausting test for one sports writer.

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USA Pro Challenge: Where to watch — top 8 local places to cheer at the USA Pro Challenge

Where are the best spots to take root and watch the two Steamboat stages of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge? We tried to pick out eight of our favorites, four for each day.

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USA Pro Challenge: Breakaways — sometimes they don't work

The geography leading into Steamboat Springs — especially that which Stage 1 will cross — mean a breakaway group is almost sure to get caught. It doesn’t mean a group or a rider can’t keep things exciting, however.

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USA Pro Challenge: Breakaways — sometimes they do work

Sometimes, against the odds, breakaways do work, as at least one rider racing next week in Steamboat is well aware.

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USA Pro Challenge: More than a uniform, jerseys tell a story

A uniform can be more than a uniform in cycling and from the first day of this year’s USA Pro Challenge, riders will be competing for jerseys that signify their standings in the race.

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USA Pro Challenge: What to expect: Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge

Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge will likely feature a fast charge down Oak Creek Canyon, across the Yampa River Valley and into Steamboat Springs for a sprint finish. Here's how fans can expect it to unfold.

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USA Pro Challenge: Talking strategy with Amy Charity

Steamboat Springs professional cyclist Amy Charity will race starting Wednesday in the women's USA Pro Challenge this year, but she's plenty familiar with both race tactics and the terrain around Steamboat and she agreed to share some thoughts on key strategies.

Booco bringing bulls back to the fair

It’s with pride and fondness that professional bull rider Jake Booco remembers the glory days of rodeo in his hometown of Hayden. He hopes to help bring those days back with his invitational pro bull riding event.

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Pre-race event to offer chance to ride with pros

Amateur cyclists will have a chance Saturday to tackle the same course the USA Pro Challenge will ride with the Go Ride Steamboat event.

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Charity in for women's USA Pro Challenge

Amy Charity stood at the finish line of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge men’s finish in downtown Steamboat Springs, and in the back of her mind, she couldn’t help but think she’d like her own crack at the race. Now she’s getting it.

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Deadline looms for Sailors fall sports

Steamboat football coach Lonn Clementson said a scheduling quirk will make it extra important for this year's players to make Friday's school fall sports registration deadline if those players hope to play in the season's first game.

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Pro Challenge teams set

Steamboat Springs cycling fans have known for months the USA Pro Challenge was coming to their doorstep for an extended stay. Wednesday they found out who — or at least some of “who” — would be shacking up in town.

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Steamboaters shine in Park City

Nearly 150 ski jumping athletes took park in last week's Springer Tournee in Park City, and Steamboat Springs skiers came home with top results.

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Beijing's win draws mixed reactions in Steamboat Springs

Kidd: Decision is unfortunate

The site of the 2022 Winter Olympics was announced Friday, and local Olympians and Olympic hopefuls met the news with mixed reactions.

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Safe at home: Wounded Marines step in as umpires at Triple Crown

Wounded Marines step in as umpires at Triple Crown

In the chaos of the Triple Crown World Series playing out this weekend in Steamboat Springs, wounded warrior Marines serving as umpires find solace.

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National championship on the line for skiers

There’s still something special about being a “national champion,” and that’s what will drive the top U.S. Nordic combined and special jumping athletes on Saturday in Park City, Utah.

Local squad wins two in World Series

Steamboat’s U12 baseball team got everything it wanted from a week in Park City at the Triple Crown World Series.

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Baumgartner steps down in Hayden

After 13 years teaching and coaching in the Hayden district, Shawn Baumgartner has resigned from his position with the school and as the head football coach, taking a job at Steamboat Springs High School to be closer to his family.

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Up, up and away, Storm Peak Climb awaits

The Storm Peak Hill Climb is one of the toughest challenges in the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series, leaving some riders struggling with their feelings about the impending grind.

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Epic challenge awaits triathletes in Boulder

Fast or slow, a pack of Steamboat Springs triathletes are focused on finishing Sunday's Ironman Boulder triathlon, a 140.6-mile test that's in many ways taken over their lives this summer.

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Tennis Center changeover planned for 2016

It’s just time, said Jim Swiggart, 26 years the director at Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. Or, rather, it will be time, in about 14 months.

Youth the focus at weekend tennis tournament

The annual Steamboat Tennis Association tournament, which begins Friday at Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, is largely meant to raise money for young players and to keep the juniors program at the center going strong and filled with athletes.

Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim results, July 20, 2015

Results from the Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim, July 20, 2015

Summer ball in Steamboat "a great experience"

Storm expect to return to Steamboat next summer

The Steamboat Storm summer college baseball team expects to return to Steamboat Springs next summer.

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BMX track a summer addiction for many

It’s about the children, and the examples of that attitude zip everywhere on a Thursday night at the BMX bike track tucked near the base of Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

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Water logged and wobbly, swimmers tackle Bald Eagle Lake

Several dozen swimmers took to the waters of Bald Eagle Lake Monday evening. At least one young athlete was taking on the challenge of the weekly open-water swim race for the first time.

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200 miles and done: Ultra runner Avery Collins finds his limit

Local runner wins huge race

Steamboat Springs ultramarathon runner Avery Collins finally found in the Colorado 200 what he was looking for: a race that could break him.

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Steamboat squad set for World Series

Steamboat Springs U12 boys baseball team has played lots and lots of games over the past several years. Nothing stacks up next to the Triple Crown World Series, however, and when the 12 boys, their coaches and families trek next week to Park City, coach Jim Hansen said they’re in for an experience they won’t soon forget.

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Rodeo, theater collide in comedy routines

Great banter between a rodeo announcer and a good rodeo clown doesn't just happen. It takes work, and John Shipley said he and this weekend's high-flying, motorcycle riding clown Troy Lerwill have it down.

Thousands to play in soccer tourney

In a sense, Madison Slater’s world turns upside down at 4 p.m. Thursday, when check in begins and the action starts in the three day, 160-team Steamboat Mountain Soccer tournament.

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Up-keeping: Goalkeeper coaches hope to raise the bar

Goalkeeper coaches hope to raise the bar

Goalkeeper can be considered the most important position on the soccer pitch, but at least in the United States, it's not always a focus for coaches and players. A pair of keeper-centric coaches tried to change that this week during the Steamboat Soccer Academy camp.

Steamboat Storm down to final out

The Steamboat Storm, a local college summer league baseball team, lost its first postseason game on Monday, falling while playing on the road against Vail, 11-4.

Legion baseball team finishes season

The Steamboat Springs American Legion Post 44 baseball team wrapped up its summer season with a strong finish last weekend in a tournament.

Pair of races await mountain bikers this week

Town Challenge and Captain of the Boat mountain bike races are on tap this week for local cyclists.

Swim team racks up results

The Steamboat Springs Swim Team continues to rack up top finishes as it paddles towards a pack of big meets.

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Volleyball only part of tourney's draw

The Steamboat Doubles Volleyball Tournament is in its 34th year. It's been powered all that time by friends and fun as much as serves and spikes.

Adventure of the week: Touring Steamboat's taps

Thanks to two new local brewery tasting rooms that have opened in Steamboat Springs in the last year, Steamboat has a new challenge for its pedal-happy citizens: a biking brewery tour. It's 5.2 miles, barely a warm-up for many regular riders, but a perfect route for beer lovers.

Storm hope for late-season surge

The Steamboat Storm college baseball team is looking for a big finish to the season, and if it gets one, it can plan on a home playoff game when the postseason tournament begins next week.

Bike races rescheduled, Town Challenge to next week, Captain of the Boat to Thursday

Cyclists eager to tackle Wednesday’s unique Town Challenge race will have to wait a week. Persistent morning rain showers forced organizers into canceling the race and postponing it a week.

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Local riders fly on Fourth

Steamboat Springs mountain bikers tore it up at the annual Breckenridge Firecracker 50 on Saturday.

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Young sluggers hope to keep rolling in Triple Crown

Steamboat’s U12 youth baseball team came within a blink of winning the Mountain Magic Triple Crown baseball tournament in Steamboat Springs June 27 and now the squad is hoping to parlay that success into big runs in several looming tournaments.

Legion team eyes tourney success

It hasn’t been a strong summer for the American Legion Post 44 baseball team — a local squad composed of high school players — but the team is hoping its last regular season game can propel it to big things in this weekend’s season-ending tournament.

Town Challenge returns with circuit race

The Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race series returns Wednesday with its third race of the summer, the Churn & Burn Circuit Race on Mount Werner.