Bikes races, trail runs and skate board throw-downs make for red-hot July in Summit
July is the heart of race season in Summit, beginning with a slew of July Fourth events built around a thriving athletic culture and small-town charm. Now’s the time to enter a race or cheer on a friend for biking, trail running, paddling and skating.
Firecracker 50 MTB race — July 4, Breck
There’s no better way to start Fourth of July festivities in Breck than a community-oriented bike race: the one, the only, the 16th edition of the Firecracker 50.
Taking off from the intersection of Lincoln and Main Street, the race is the beginning of the downtown Independence Day parade. Waves organized by skill level take off from 9:30 a.m. to about 10 a.m. Riders merge at the end of Main Street and then head east to Boreas Pass. Headquarters is at Carter Park, where the cyclists pass by on their first lap and for the finish.
The race consists of two 25-mile loops on local trails — Mountain Pride, Nightmare on Baldy, Sidedoor and more — and can be completed solo or with a two-person team. Jeff Westcott, the event’s organizer, said the race is an “everyone” event for spectators, volunteers and racers, with pros and beginners alike.
Cost: $100 for pro/open solo; $90 for all other solo categories; $150 for two-person relay team
More Info: (970) 390-4760 or http://www.mavsports.com
Independence 10K trail run — July 4, Breck
Ending just in time for the Fourth of July parade on Main Street, the 2016 Independence 10K is a scenic trail running event that starts and ends in Carter Park. This event begins at 7 a.m. and is open to all skill levels, including young children. Families are encouraged to run together in the 10 and under wave.
The race weaves along numerous local trails, including Moonstone, Barney Ford, Juniata, Hermit Placer Trail and Sunbeam trail. Most holiday runs take place on pavement, not dirt — yet another reason to love the Summit race scene.
Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for youth (before noon on July 3); $35 for adults, $25 for youth (July 4 or until sold out)
More Info: (970) 453-1734 or http://www.townofbreckenridge.com
Keystone Big Mountain Enduro — July 9-10, Keystone
One of the biggest enduro series in North America returns to Summit with the 2016 Keystone Big Mountain Enduro.
Enduro is a specific type of mountain biking that stems from the moto world. It was originally brought to the mountains as a multi-day, multi-stage format that tests riders on all types of terrain. Riders at the Keystone event tackle a series of different trails and terrain — think nasty features like the Jam Rock boulder field — and are scored by how fast they can complete certain courses.
“It is always exciting to see what top pros will take the win since it’s been someone different on the top step each year,” said Brandon Ontiveros, the executive director of Big Mountain Enduro, which oversees a slate of races across the country. “It’s always exciting to see the high level of competition and how tight these rides and racers are, in terms of their abilities and sometimes winning a race by merely hundredths of seconds.”
The Keystone enduro is open to all skill levels — no invite required — and registration is limited to 400 riders. Ontiveros believes the Keystone course has some of the best downhill terrain in the county.
New this year is the enduro kids race for riders younger than 12 years old. It isn’t often you find a world-class event at your neighborhood ski resort in summer, and now is your chance to get a glimpse of enduro at its finest.
Cost: $200 online registration by July 7
More Info: http://www.bigmountainenduro.com
Frisco Triathlon — July 16, Frisco
Named “best triathlon” by readers of Elevation Outdoors Magazine, the 2016 Frisco Triathlon returns to the Frisco Peninsula and Lake Dillon for the third year this summer.
The triathlon is unique in that it includes trail running, mountain biking and stand-up paddleboarding, as opposed to a typical format with street running, road biking and long-distance swimming. The race is open to all skill levels — it makes a great intro to tri racing — but don’t wait: Registration is open to just 250 applicants.
Beginning at 9 a.m., racers leave the Frisco Bay Marina for the 3K SUP leg. Then, it’s onto the Peninsula trails for a 15K mountain bike leg before finishing with a 5K trail run. There couldn’t be a more beautiful setting for a triathlon than the gleaming Lake Dillon in the foreground and the towering Tenmile Range in the background.
Cost: $75 for an individual, $210 for a team of three. Day-of registration is available 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the marina.
More Info: (970) 668-9133 or http://www.townoffrisco.com
Battle on the Blue skate competition — July 23, Breck
The Breckenridge Recreation Department has teamed with Sk8-Strong, a Colorado Springs nonprofit made for skateboarders, to present the first-ever Battle on the Blue skate competition.
This is the second stop in the Rocky Mountain Amateur Jam series, which was developed to give top amateur skaters exposure when they need it most. Geared towards all levels of skating, the Battle on the Blue offers street and bowl skating with divisions for men, women and juniors, including prizes for winners in each category. The contest runs all day, beginning at 8 a.m. with warm-up before the judged events.
On the Friday before the competition, Breck will bring a pro skater to town for an instructional camp. This pro (TBA before the event) will also be at the competition to give guidance and pointers.
Cost: $15 for street or bowl competitions; $20 for both
More Info: (970) 453-2251 or http://www.townofbreckenridge.com
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