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2017 Summit Mountain Challenge town MTB series debuts in Frisco on June 7

Phil Lindeman
A cyclist passes by the horse stables on the Frisco Peninsula during the 2016 Frisco Roundup. The race and annual Summit Mountain Challenge series return for a 31st season on June 7.
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2017 Summit Mountain Challenge series

All races are held on Wednesdays and begin around 5:15 p.m. with juniors and 6 p.m. with adults. Click the links below for video previews of each race route.

June 7 — Frisco Roundup, Frisco Peninsula

June 21 — Gold Run Rush, Wellington neighborhood in Breckenridge

June 25 — Breck Mtn Enduro, Breckenridge Ski Resort

July 19 — Pennsylvania Gulch Grind, Boreas Pass in Breckenridge

Aug. 9 — Soda Creek Scramble, Keystone Stables in Keystone

Aug. 23 — Peaks Trail Time Trial, Breckenridge Nordic Center

Sept. 9 — Fall Classic, Carter Park in Breckenridge


2017 Frisco Roundup

What: The first race of the seven-part 2017 Summit Mountain Challenge series, held on trails at the Frisco Peninsula with divisions for men, women and juniors

When: Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m.

Where: Frisco Adventuer Park start line, 621 Recreation Way in Frisco

Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for juniors

On-site registration is available for an additional $5. An adult season pass for all races is $175 (including Fall Classic) or $125 (no Fall Classic) until June 21 and includes a permanent number plate, post-race party and Fall Classic meal. There are also affordable opportunites for juniors through the MTB Junior League. To register for races and learn more, see the Maverick Sports website at MavSports.com.

It’s been more than three decades since weekly mountain-bike racing debuted in Summit County and things are still rolling along — and then some.

On June 7, the 31st season of the Summit Mountain Challenge series debuts with the annual Frisco Roundup at the Frisco Peninsula. With distances ranging from 4.4 miles for juniors to 21 miles for the pro division, the race kicks off a seven-race series, all held Wednesday afternoons on a mix of singletrack, double-track and dirt roads in Breckenridge, Frisco and Keystone.

Online registration for individual races is $25 for adults or $15 for juniors ($5 extra for on-site registration). A series pass is also available for $175 with the Fall Classic or $125 without the Classic. Each race features divisions for men, women and juniors, split into 22 ability groups, including pro, expert, sport, singlespeed and Clydesdale (guys weighing more than 200 pounds).

In keeping with tradition, the 2017 series schedule is almost exactly the same as last year. Following the Frisco premiere, the series heads to Breckenridge for the Gold Run Rush on June 21 — a classic route on roads nearly older than the series itself — and the Breck Mtn Enduro on June 25 as part of Breck Bike Week. That event debuted last season as the newest addition on the series schedule, giving cross-country riders a taste of enduro-style downhill riding.

After the July 4 holiday — not to mention the Firecracker 50, a 50-miler that isn’t part of the series — the series returns with the Pennsylvania Gulch Grind on July 19 through the trail system south of Boreas Pass Road. Then, riders head east to Keystone for the Soda Creek Scramble on Aug. 9 with a meandering course through the meadows and forests of the Golden Horseshoe area, followed by the Peaks Trail Time Trial on Aug. 23 from Breckenridge Nordic Center to Frisco.

The series wraps up with the one, the only: the Fall Classic. Founded in 1984 by a few crazies riding hard-tail bikes in cutoff jeans, the race is one of the longest-running MTB events in the state and takes riders on a tour of Breck’s legendary rides: Gold Run Road, Pinball Alley, Baker’s Tank, Nightmare on Baldy and, of course, the Carter Park switchbacks.

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