Keystone uncorks Soda Creek Scramble bike race
The Summit Mountain Challenge bike racing series continues Wednesday with the Soda Creek Scramble Andy Proctor Memorial in Keystone. The race is the fifth in the seven-event series and includes 9- and 15.5-mile courses, along with shorter kids courses. All courses start and finish at the Keystone Stables, which will also host a post-race bonfire. Registration will be available on race day.
“It’s some of the best singletrack in Summit Country,” said race organizer Jeff Westcott.
The race courses incorporate portions of the Blair Witch, Colorado, Hay, Red and Aquaduct trails. The big course’s climb on the Colorado Trail will be biggest challenge to racers, Westcott said, but not as tough as the Colorado Trail section used in the Swan Mountain Challenge, earlier this summer.
The large course finishes with a descent on Red Trail as it makes its way back to Keystone Stables, for the post-race events.
“The stable folks will have food concessions in full swing,” said Westcott. Amenities will include reasonably priced food menu and free s’mores, he said. Backcountry Brewery is also expected to be on-hand.
“It’s a very Western feel,” said Westcott, “a classic cowboy setting.”
Since it began three years ago, the Soda Creek Scramble has been known as the Andy Proctor Memorial Race. Proctor was a Summit High School graduate and professional downhill rider who died in a 2011 dirt bike accident near Summit Cove.
“This race was made possible by Jeff Proctor (Andy’s father),” said Westcott. Jeff Proctor approached Westcott with the idea for the race, prior to his son’s death. Westcott liked the idea of including a race in Keystone in his series, and thought the area trails would be great venue for competition.
“Since its inception, the Soda Creek Scramble has been a race in Andy’s honor,” said Westcott. “It wasn’t intended to be; we’d rather have the knucklehead around.”
Westcott fondly remembers Proctor’s positive attitude and racing potential. The young Proctor was an avid biker and was involved with the Keystone Stables, where his father is the manager.
Westcott said the race will again be a festive occasion that features some of our area’s best trails and celebrates the life of a young man who epitomized the Summit County lifestyle.
More information is available at http://www.mavsports.com.
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