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Fifth annual Quick and Chainless race to close bike season

Adam Smith flies over a jump as the crowd cheers during the inaugural 2012 Quick and Chainless Downhill Mountain Bike Race at Steamboat Ski Area. This year's event is set for noon Sept. 24 at the ski area.
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Quick and Chainless schedule

Saturday, Sept. 24

• 9 to 11 a.m. — Registration at The Steamboat Bike Shop

• 11:45 a.m. — Riders meeting at the start

• 11:50 a.m. — Forerunners run the course

• noon — Race begins (30 second starts)

• 3:30 p.m. — Awards on the stage

• 4 p.m. — Bunny Hop and Foot Down contests

— Ready to tackle a downhill course using only a bicycle and the force of gravity?

The fifth annual Quick and Chainless Downhill Mountain Bike Race, which will officially close the Steamboat Bike Park’s 2016 season, will hit the trail at noon Sept. 24 at Steamboat Ski Area.

Quick and Chainless schedule

Saturday, Sept. 24



• 9 to 11 a.m. — Registration at The Steamboat Bike Shop

• 11:45 a.m. — Riders meeting at the start



• 11:50 a.m. — Forerunners run the course

• noon — Race begins (30 second starts)

• 3:30 p.m. — Awards on the stage

• 4 p.m. — Bunny Hop and Foot Down contests

“This has been our traditional end-of-the-season event since the bike park opened,” said Trevyn Newpher, Steamboat Bike Park manager.

The Quick and Chainless race is a unique event that takes competitors down Rustler’s Ridge Bike Park trail toward the finish line utilizing only gravity. All chains will be removed prior to the race, requiring riders to use their skills to maintain speed on the trail. Removal and storage of chains will be available at the Steamboat Bike Shop the morning of the event.

Registration — which is $30 for bike park pass holders and $50 for all others — will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Steamboat Bike Shop, located just off the promenade in Gondola Square, and all riders will receive Vitamin Water and a souvenir T-shirt.

Newpher added that competitors can also purchase their race entries Sept. 23 but will still need to attend registration on race day to check in and receive bib numbers.

Riders younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian to sign the required release waiver.

Racing divisions include Men’s Open and Master 40+, Women’s Open and Junior, and custom medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each class. The event will also include prize giveaways featuring merchandise from the bike park’s partners and supporters.

Newpher said registration will be capped at 200 riders, though he added average registration for the past races has come in well below that maximum.

“On average, we have between 60 and 70 riders,” Newpher said. “But we’re hoping for a really good turnout this year.”

He added the bike park will be offering several great deals for closing weekend, including a buy-one, get-one discount on bike park passes.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to come out and get one, last ride in for the season,” he said.

To reach Jim Patterson, call 970-871-4208, email jpatterson@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JimPatterson15


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