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Town Challenge ready to go after delay

Luke Graham

— After postponement for a week, the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series opens today with the Howelsen Hill Circuit.

The shorter children’s races begin at 5:30 p.m. with the first heat of adult races scheduled for 6 p.m.

The three-mile adult course begins behind the stables of Brent Romick Rodeo Arena and heads up the lowest Nordic trails onto the lower sections of Bluff’s Loop. It continues onto Bluff’s Overlook and then back onto the lower leg of Bluff’s Trail. From there, it goes onto the Culvert Trail up to the horse ponds before descending back toward the bottom.

“It has some nice rolling up hills and some fun rolling down hills,” race director Gretchen Sehler said. “There’s nothing too steep.”

Course laps will be determined by division, Sehler said.

Sehler said the second race of the eight race series – the Thunderhead Hill Climb on June 11 – will move from the Steamboat Ski Area to Howelsen Hill. With so much snow on the mountain, Sehler said it was almost impossible to hold the race on Thunderhead. The race, normally a five-mile climb, will be shortened to three miles.

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Pre-registration for today’s races starts at 4:45 p.m. On-site registration is $16 for adults and $11 for children.

If you go

What: Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series

When: 5:30 p.m. children’s events start, 6 p.m. first heat of adult races

Where: Howelsen Hill

Cost: On-site registration is $16 for adults and $11 for children