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Captain of the Boat returns Thursday

A rider flies down a run at Steamboat Bike Park. Local downhill mountain bikers will have a chance to show their stuff and win local bragging rights starting July 28, when the Captain of the Boat downhill mountain bike series gets rolling at Steamboat Ski Area.
Joel Reichenberger

Captain of the Boat returns

The Captain of the Boat downhill mountain bike series returns Thursday to Steamboat Bike Park on Mount Werner.

What: Local downhill mountain bike race series

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, then July 16, July 30, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27

Where: Registration is available from 3 to 5 p.m. the day of the race at the Steamboat Bike Shop at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Cost: $40 for the whole series or $10 per event. A park pass will also be required and starts at $27.

For more information check out http://bike.steamboat.com/downhill-race-series.aspx

— The Town Challenge Mountain Bike series has proven to be a staple of Steamboat Springs summers, a bi-weekly event that brings together the local cross country mountain biking community.

That was the model when the Captain of the Boat series kicked off a year ago — hoping to pull together downhill mountain bikers to compete on the fresh trails of Steamboat Bike Park at Steamboat Ski Area.

Now, that series is about to kick off its second year, and it’s growing into everything organizers had hoped.



The Captain of the Boat downhill mountain bike series returns to Steamboat with a 6 p.m. Thursday race at Steamboat Ski Area.

“We have that core group that are a bit more serious, and for them, it’s about bragging rights in town,” said bike park manager Trevyn Newpher. “We have a very fun, social atmosphere, and it’s a lot of fun when we do awards down at the bottom afterwards. People have a blast and enjoy it.”



Registration for the event will be open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost to compete is $10. There will be five events in the series, Thursday plus July 16, July 30, Aug. 13 and Aug. 27. Riders can save 20 percent — the equivalent of one race — on their registration fees by buying a $40 season pass.

A training session will also be available before Thursday’s event, providing coaching from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 at a cost of $30. That includes the $10 race fee.

The event may draw some experts, but Newpher said it’s meant for a wide range of riders. Competitors are expected to be comfortable on expert trails, but none of this year’s courses will be long. The ideal run is only between three and five minutes.

The first course up will be a lower segment of Rustler’s Ridge, starting near the top of Christie Peak Express and finishing at the end of that trail and just above the service road near the top of Headwall.

More difficult courses may await this season, but Newpher said it’s not so much about throwing up a huge challenge in front of local riders. It’s about getting them out, getting them to give it a try and getting them to soak up the atmosphere afterward.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” he said. “We definitely have some of the hard core guys who are taking it pretty seriously, but we accommodate everyone, and we have a good time.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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