New foot forward for mountain bike race
The annual Glenwood Springs Mountain Bike Race is putting a new foot forward – a running foot.
The fourth edition of the Glenwood Springs Mountain Bike Race will return this summer with an added component – a division for mountain trail runners.
Bill Inverso and his Epic Adventures will stage the dual mountain bike race and mountain foot race on Saturday, July 20.
The race, making its return after a brief hiatus, will follow the familiar mountain bike race course that includes the long ascent of Lookout Mountain, via the Red Canyon Road.
From there riders and runners will drop down into Bear Creek before cutting onto the famed Forest Hollow Trail, one of the region’s premier singletracks.
The course finishes with the steep downhill of the Boy Scout Trail into Glenwood Springs. After a quick tour the downtown Glenwood Springs neighborhood, the race finishes at Two Rivers Park with riders and runners following the Rivertrail path and pedestrian bridge into the park.
The course covers approximately 14 miles.
Inverso, who staged the popular Winter Triathlon at Sunlight last winter, said it seemed a natural progression to add trail runners to the mountain bike race.
“The course is already set and marked. Medical support and search and rescue are set. It seemed natural to add the runners,” Inverso said.
“I wanted to help get the runners and the mountain bikers on the same page,” added Inverso, himself an avid cyclist.
“And I though if we co-oped our efforts it would help,” he said of adding the trail racing opportunity for runners.
He added that it’s been several years since there was a trail run in the Glenwood Springs area.
“There’s already interest from runners,” added Inverso, who encouraged bikers and runners to register in advance.
Entry fee is $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the race.
The July 20 Glenwood Springs Mountain Bike or Foot Race is also held in cooperation with the BLM and the Forest Service.
Part of the proceeds from the event will go to Garfield Search and Rescue and the Glenwood Springs Jaycees.
“I’m happy to bring this back and it’s here to stay,” Inverso said of the return of the mountain trail event.
Registration also is available online at http://www.epicadventure.net.
Inverso added that he was announcing his mountain trail races with the annual celebration of National Trails Day coming up on June 1.
Trail maintenance work will be done in the area on June 2, including work on the Forest Hollow Trail.
Volunteers are invited to join the work, and help prepare the trail for other riders and runners.
Volunteers can call 945-8697 for more information on the National Trails Day projects as well as the upcoming mountain bike and trail race.
Later in the summer, Inverso’s Epic Adventures will stage the Over the Top 50 mountain bike or running event.
This will be a 50-mile ultra-endurance event on Saturday, Aug. 24.
The course will start at the base of Red Canyon, like the Glenwood Mountain Bike/Foot Race, and go up into Spring Valley.
Riders and runners will traverse the terrain and head up Cottonwood Pass before heading back down Cottonwood Pass.
The course will continue up to the top of Red Table Mountain.
On the way down, a 16-mile section of singletrack will greet runners and riders.
The 50-mile endurance event also will be conducted under a special permit from the Forest Service.
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