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From here to there and not back again

BRECKENRIDGE – At one time, mountain bike racing consisted almost entirely of point-to-point mountain bike races. But now, they tend to go around in endless circles, with one exception – the Pennsylvania Gulch Grind.

With the exception of the younger junior classes, the course starts at the Boreas Pass Trailhead on Boreas Pass Road and twists and winds its way through the forest to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. The Grind is a difficult 2-mile climb up a loose jeep road just past Dyersville. The grind is reserved for sport and expert riders.

“When I raced, it was my favorite course,” said Jeff Westcott, who gave up racing several years ago to promote the Summit Mountain Challenge. “The fact that it’s point to point is unusual and unique. It’s a bit of a throwback to earlier days in mountain bike racing,” he said.



Westcott emphasized the fact that there is no parking at the start line. He did, however, point out that the three-mile ride from the Stephen C. West Ice Arena to the start line is an excellent warm-up for racers. Junior boys 12-and-under and junior girls 16-and-under ride multiple 2.3 mile laps that begin and end at the ice rink.

All other categories begin at the trailhead. Expert men ride a 16-mile course while the other categories will ride shorter variations.



Junior boys 13-18 and junior girls 17-18 ride a 10-mile course.

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