SMC launches 2003 season at new peninsula course |

SMC launches 2003 season at new peninsula course

FRISCO -The course is marked, the cash is on the table and the 17th year of the Summit Mountain Challenge (SMC) mountain bike race series is about to begin.The seven-part 2003 series kicks off Wednesday at the Frisco Peninsula on what race organizers are calling one of the best courses they’ve ever designed.The course begins on Crown Point Road and, depending on the race category, consists of a 6-mile lap or a series of laps up the dirt road, onto some bumpy, descending singletrack before doubling back on the road and climbing into more fast, turny singletrack over rolling terrain. Race categories begin with junior boys and girls broken into age groups, beginner men and women, sport men and women, expert-pro men and women, masters and vet men and women, single-speed and Clydesdale.”Jeff put together a course that just eclipses anything we’ve ever had at the peninsula,” said Mike McCormack of his business partner, Jeff Westcott. The two launched Maverick Sports Promotions two years ago to take over SMC from Greg and Amy Guras of A Racer’s Edge, who inaugurated the series 17 years ago.”This series is the cornerstone of what Maverick Sports Promotions is all about,” McCormack said. “As people go through the successive races and the fields shrink a little bit, that’s when the true fraternal nature of the series begins to assert itself. What a great way to meet people. How great to never have to drive for more than 15 minutes to a race and compete in an environment that meets or exceeds anything you’d see on a national level. It’s world-class racing.”The Frisco peninsula has historically been the opening venue of the series, and has elicited the biggest turnout. After topping out at maximum participation of 206 racers in 2001, the peninsula race drew a season high of 340 competitors last year.”The flow of the course, the ability of the riders to stay in cadence, is greatly improved this year,” McCormack said. “It doesn’t start out with a monster climb. It’s a reasonable challenge.”The new course still upholds the peninsula tradition of being a heart-stopper, because it never offers any relief for racers or any opportunities for heart-rate plunges.Juniors and beginners will complete one lap around the 6-mile loop. Sport and expert women will do two laps and expert men will do three.Maverick Sports, in addition to launching the road time trial series and managing timing at a couple of this year’s Mountain States Cup events, is also responsible for pioneering the Mountain Bike Little League, which boasts 163 8-to18-year-old members this season.Juniors will kick off Wednesday’s race at 5:45 p.m. Pre-registration is available at A Racer’s Edge until 6 p.m. today for $15 per racer, or $10 for non-Little League juniors. Race-day registration is $20 per racer. Parking is in the south or middle parking lot at the Frisco Nordic Center, and the awards and post-race party will take place at the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco. For more information about the race, a course map, or other races in the seven-race series, Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at—When & WhereCategory start times and mileage:5:45 -Junior girls 11-12, junior girls and boys 7-10. One-half lap, 3 miles5:50 -Junior boys 11-16, junior girls 13-18, one lap, 6 miles6:05 -Expert men, three laps, 18 miles6:06 -Expert women, two laps, 12 miles6:07 -Men’s sport, single-speed and Clydesdale, two laps, 12 miles6:09 -Women’s sport, two laps, 12 miles6:10 -Beginner men, junior boys 17-18, one lap, 6 miles6:12 -Beginner women, one lap 6 miles

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