Saturday mountain bike race cancelled

— As it turns out, competitive cross country mountain biking in Steamboat Springs may have ended several weeks ago.

That’s news considering the last race of the season was set to be Saturday — a finale from the city’s Town Challenge Mountain Bike Race Series crew.

Town Challenge director David Stevenson said he’d hoped the Coda Classic could become a new tradition, an end-of-the-season party that featured one last, longer race on Emerald Mountain.

He said few registered for the event, however, and that it was canceled.

“It’s a bummer,” he said. “The biggest thing is we didn’t get nearly enough jump on it to promote it as an individual race. Not being a part of the series, it didn’t have a built-in base, so without that and being late in the season with the weather getting cooler, we’re not seeing the response we’re hoping for.”

He said he’ll look into the idea again next year and perhaps approach it a bit differently.

“It will be a cool race, and we can do it in the future,” he said. “We’ll learn what we can do from not having the numbers this year and hopefully make it a bigger and better event next season.”

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