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Storm Peak Town Challenge event draws all ages in Steamboat

Children 6 years old and younger come off the starting line during the Storm Peak Challenge children's race Wednesday at Steamboat Ski Area.
Matt Stensland

Town Challenge race results

Men’s pro division

  1. Brad Bingham 55:49
  2. Peter Kalmes 56:58
  3. Barkley Robinson 58:14

Women’s expert division

  1. Tammy Jacques-Grewal 1:05:56
  2. Kelly Boniface 1:10:32
  3. Katie Lindquist 1:19:00

Town Challenge race results

Men’s pro division

  1. Brad Bingham 55:49
  2. Peter Kalmes 56:58
  3. Barkley Robinson 58:14

Women’s expert division

  1. Tammy Jacques-Grewal 1:05:56
  2. Kelly Boniface 1:10:32
  3. Katie Lindquist 1:19:00

— Wednesday marked a big day for Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series racers, the best of whom were challenged with a climb all the way up the daunting Storm Peak at Steamboat Ski Area.



Not all the day’s racers faced that test, however, but even the event’s youngest racers, who rode a short trail at the base of the Thunderhead Express chairlift, considered Wednesday an important day.

Brad Bingham and Tammy Jacques-Grewal took control of their divisions in the season-long standings with wins Wednesday, but the children’s races before those two started matched them pedal for pedal in terms of grit.



The young racers zoomed along a short, marked trail, lined on either side by their cheering parents.

It wasn’t just cute, though. To many of the racers, it was business.

Jackson Simon, 7, finished third in his division, where he’s battling to earn a podium spot in the season-long standings.

“It was good,” he said. “It was super fun. I was super fast.”

Jackson was joined Wed­nesday evening by his two younger brothers, Harper, 5, and Harrison, 4.

This is the first season the Simon boys have hit the Town Challenge circuit. Still, they’ve hit it hard.

“We get out and practice before every race,” said their father, Garrett Simon.

The family racing team did short loops at the base of Howel­sen Hill this week to prepare.

“This is our first year,” Garrett Simon said. “Bikes just became the coolest thing for them this summer.”

Teeth were clenched and brows wetted with sweat as the young riders rode. They cared, but like their grown-up counterparts, the post-race celebration quickly buried any animosity. Before the dust had settled, the focus was off standings and seconds and on to the ice pops and ice cream sandwiches that awaited beyond the finish line.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Sage Zetzman, 7. 

See the full race results here.

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com


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