Climbing begins at Gold Run |

Climbing begins at Gold Run

BRECKENRIDGE – Some regulars in the Summit Mountain Challenge (SMC) mountain bike race series feel the series jump starts into lung-busting action only when the real climbing starts.

And the Gold Run Rush, presented by the Wellington Neighborhood Wednesday night, will have all the climbing racers could possibly want, as well as rocky, loose descents.

“It’s the first race in the Summit Mountain Challenge series with sustained climbs – a mile long and more than one,” said Jeff Westcott of Maverick Sports Promotions, which organizes the SMC series.

“Nobody this summer has experienced that yet in the mountain challenge series. People in the Mountain States Cup and Firecracker 50 races have, but not in this series. This is more of a classic cross-country loop as opposed to a circuit race.”

All categories ride a large loop consisting of dirt mining roads and singletrack. Beginner women ride six miles, beginner men, sport men and women and some junior men ride an 11-mile loop that includes a difficult, steep climb up Heinous Hill. And expert riders go 18 miles up Heinous Hill, through Lincoln Meadows and down an extremely rutted motocross singletrack.

The town of Breckenridge will detour traffic around French Gulch Road, and all parking for the race is in the dirt lot off of Wellington Road.

The course is marked and maps and registration are available at A Racer’s Edge. Registration is $15 through today and $20 on site. Racing begins at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. For more information about the race or the SMC series, visit

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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