Longstanding series blends old and new terrain
The SMC is made up of seven events (eight if you count the kids-only ride on July 29).The Frisco Roundup, the kickoff event scheduled for June 4, will likely have a new course design from last year due to pine beetle removal. Course changes won’t be announced until the race draws closer. When riding the “Frisco rollercoaster,” series participants are never in the same gear for long. The course tests bike-handling skills and has been around since the series’ inception.In the Tour de Trash, June 14, bikers will ride a 4.5-mile loop: Two track, singletrack, climbing and some fun descents. Since riders use a section of Landfill Rd., there are designated pre-ride times so participants don’t impede on the landfill’s operation hours.The Gold Run Rush, June 25, combines rolling terrain, steep technical climbs and fast descents on former mining roads. All levels can compete and the beginners course is built for entry level riders with a shorter layout and fewer climbs. The brand new Swan River Rampage, July 16, incorporates sections of the Colorado Trail and the Horse Shoe Gulch. Athletes will ride through Breck’s back country and will be faced with long sustained climbs.”It’s absolutely epic,” series director Jeff Westcott said.Peaks Trail Time Trial, July 30, is another point-to-point race that’s currently scheduled to run from Frisco to Breckenridge. It starts riders every 20 seconds. Because of staggered starts, racers won’t know their standings until the end. “It’s you against the clock,” Westcott said. “You have to go like hell and hope for the best.”Pennsylvania Gulch Grind, scheduled for August 13, is known for its length and gradual climb. “It’s challenging, but not killing you and you’re rewarded with fun descents,” Westcott said. “You work hard. Then you get a payoff.”Both Westcott and SMC participant Tim Faia’s favorite event, this point-to-point race has a backcountry feel and some of the smoothest single track in Summit County.The Breck Brawl, August 20, is the series last event. “There’s not a lot of sustained climbing,” Westcott said. “There’s opportunity for bigger, stronger sprinter types to excel. …This course levels the playing field.”Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at email@example.com.
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