Steamboat’s Town Challenge series starts today |

Steamboat’s Town Challenge series starts today

Luke Graham

The 2010 Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series kicks off today with the Marabou Cross-Country race.

This will be the third year the Town Challenge has been at the Marabou Ranch preservation subdivision off Routt County Road 42.

Registration for the race begins at 4:30 p.m.

For those who haven't registered early, the cost is $26 for adults and $16 for children. Children's races will begin at 5:30 p.m. with adult races to follow at 6 p.m. There will be parking and registration at the barn with the start of the race at the Outfitters Lodge.

The pro/open, expert and single-speed divisions will follow a 12.5-mile course. All competitors in sport and men's novice divisions, and youths ages 16 to 18, will ride an 8.7-mile course. Novice women will race a six-mile course, and the Miller Lite and rest of the youths will do a 3.5-mile ride.

Unlike some of the events in the Town Challenge series, the Marabou race doesn't feature many uphill sessions.

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"It's one of the flattest course we have," said director Gretchen Sehler, noting that the trails at Marabou are in good shape.

"You climb a bit, then it's flat or a downhill. Then you climb and it's a big downhill at the end," she said.

The Drunken Onion will provide barbecue at the end of the race. Dinner for adults and children will start at $6.

If you go

What: Town Challenge Mountain Bike series

When: Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. today. Children’s race begins at 5:30 p.m. with adult races at 6 p.m.

Where: Marabou Ranch

Cost: Day-of registration is $26 for adults and $16 for children