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`Bikes to Mics’ features Country Showdown, mountain bike races

Local songbirds will compete for a chance to be discove in the sixth annual KMTS Country Showdown and “Bikes to Mics” event Saturday at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

Also highlighting the day will be cross country and downhill mountain bike races.

Sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Recreation Department, Sunlight Mountain Resort and KMTS radio, “Bikes to Mics” will benefit the building fund for the Glenwood Springs Aquatic Center.



Bike races start at 9 a.m., music starts in the mid-afternoon and ends with a concert by country singer and songwriter Mark McGuinn, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Starting mid-afternoon, 10 talented singers will vie for the title of 2003 KMTS Colgate Country Showdown local winner, who advances to the state competition. At the national level, singers compete for a recording contract, $100,000, and a chance to kick-start a career.



“This year there were more entries than ever for the Showdown. It made it very difficult to narrow the field to 10 contestants. But the talent is incredible and this will be the best show ever,” said Debra Brainard, operations manager for KMTS.

Admission is $10 per person, and tickets are available Friday at the Sunlight Bike Shop, 309 8th St. in Glenwood Springs and at Warehouse Furniture. 3330 S. Glen Ave. Family passes for $25 are available only at Warehouse Furniture. Tickets will also be sold at the gate.

Mountain bike races

Races are scheduled throughout the day based on skill level, with prizes for winners and drawings for all racers.

The cross country race will be held on the Babbish Gulch Trail, with three laps for experts, two laps for intermediates and one lap for beginners.

Start times are 9 a.m. for experts, 11 a.m. for intermediates and noon for beginners.

The downhill mountain bike race is a walk up the mountain and a race down the slopes. Racers can take the best of two times.

Start times are 11 a.m. for experts, non for intermediates and 1 p.m. for beginners.

Helmets are required for all racers.

Registration is $25 for one event or $35 for both events, and covers admission to all other events of the day.

Pre-register Friday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, or at Sunlight Mountain Resort, starting at 8 a.m. Racers must be registered one hour before the start time of their race.

“Best show ever” predicted by

Showdown

organizers

Erika Toller, 17, and a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, has been singing for audiences since she was in second grade. She recently began writing her own songs and has released a CD. Erika was voted Best Vocalist in the Locals Choice awards of 2003. She hopes to become a famous singer and share her music with the world.

Joelle and Tami are singers and songwriters and best friends, appearing as “Wild Angel.” They are from Aspen and love mountain biking, skiing and country music. They have just finished their debut CD and will perform songs from that album.

Jeff Wold was born in Michigan but lived in Texas most of his life. He moved to Colorado seven years ago and has made Glenwood Springs his home for the last four years. Country music has always been a big part of his life. When he was young he started performing in church and sang at weddings. He makes his living as a respiratory therapist but has always dreamed of becoming a country music star.

Brian Bark, also from Glenwood Springs, has been playing guitar since 1985. This is his fourth appearance at Country Showdown. He likes to hunt, fish, and grow his own food.

Summer Hartbauer, 17, from Colorado Springs, started playing the piano at six. She learned guitar in eighth grade and began writing her own songs. She has written over 70 original songs and been performing all over Colorado since October 2002. She will release her first CD this month.

Ashley Elshof of Glenwood Springs feels at home when she performs on stage and likes to reach people with her music.

Casey Strickler, 19, from Gypsum, has had a passion for singing since she was 13 years old. Singing is now a huge part of her life, and is her way of expressing her emotions. She loves all different types of music and thinks that music is a great way for people to express themselves, no matter the tune.

Stephanie Sandburg graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with degrees in psychology and theater arts. She spent several years performing in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. She owns and operates Legends of Aurora Sportsgrill restaurant with her family. She loves to sing country music because it is so real and from the heart.

Selena Taylor grew up on a 230,000-acre sheep and cattle ranch in Australia. Most of her song writing was inspired while on the back of a horse or mustering stock on a dirt bike. Her opportunity to sing for people came after she started trick riding and barrel racing. Selena currently lives in Snowmass.

Rachel Marie Caughern recently graduated from cosmetology school will attend Arizona State University in the fall majoring in business. Her real passion is singing. She hopes to one day have a recording contract but until then she will keep entertaining everyone through local talent shows.


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