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Quick and Chainless Bike Race

Quick & Chainless Bike Race

Register for the Quick & Chainless Race


$30 Entry Fee. Registration will close on Friday, September 27 at 5pm. Registration is limited to the first 200 riders. Registration fee includes an event t-shirt, Dasani and Vitamin Water and free beer from Bud Light after the race. For those riders who do not have a Steamboat Bike Park Pass registration will cost $40 and will include Bike Park Access.



Intermediate – Advanced Riders ONLY. Men, Women & Children. Limited to the first 200 riders.


You must bring your own bike, and remove your chain prior to you start. Helmets are required.


Event Check-in will be held on Saturday, September 28, 9-11am, prior to the event race, at the Steamboat Bike Shop just off the promenade in Gondola Square. Bib numbers, start time and chain storage options will be provided at this time. Waivers will be signed at this time, if the participant is under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must be present to sign the release waiver.


This is a timed event. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd place winners in the following categories: Men’s elite and amateur, Women’s elite and amateur and Youth (15 years and younger).

Schedule, 9/28/13

  • 9-11:00am Quick & Chainless Check In at The Steamboat Bike Shop
  • 12:00pm Riders Meeting at the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square
  • 12:50pm Forerunners Run the Course
  • 1:00pm Race Begins (30 second starts)
  • 3:30pm Awards on the stage
  • 3:30pm FREE Concert by Acutonic on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square


Q&A about the Quick & Chainless Race with Trevyn Newpher Professional Rider and Steamboat Bike School Supervisor

What type of event is the Steamboat Bike Park Quick and Chainless race?

The 2nd annual Quick and Chainless race is a unique event based around descending Rustler’s Ridge Bike Park trail utilizing just gravity to propel racers toward the finish line. Chains on all competitors’ bikes will be removed prior to the race, requiring riders to use their skills to maintain their speed on the trail. Removal and storage of chains will be available at the Steamboat Bike Shop the morning of the event.

I'm new to riding bike parks and gravity riding; can I race at Steamboat?

Riders who can comfortably ride our black level terrain such as Buckin’ Bronc should have no problems negotiating this course. We offer numerous class options to help insure that we provide a competitive environment for everyone. With male and female Elite and Amateur Classes along with a Junior division.

What kind of equipment do I need?

Downhill racing is demanding on both body and bike. Like any sport, being prepared physically and utilizing the proper equipment is essential for success. It is highly recommended that your bike have a minimum of 6 inches of travel, functional disc brakes on both wheels, and specific to aggressive downhill type use. Bikes must be in good working condition and may be rejected by race officials if deemed unfit for use in this event. We advise that you have your equipment checked by a certified mechanic prior to use in the bike park.

How much does it cost to race?

For competitors who pre-register online and have a Steamboat Bike Park pass the entry fee is $30. If you need a pass the entry fee is $40. Onsite registration will be available but will also incur a $10 late-entry fee on top of the registration fee stated above. You can register above.

Do I need a license to race at Steamboat Bike Park?

The Quick and Chainless event is an in-house unsanctioned race with no affiliation with USA Cycling or other associations. No licenses or additional fees/memberships are required to compete in this specific event.

How should I prepare?

There's no way around it...downhill racing does have some inherent risks associated with the sport. The key is being smart, prepared and sensible. This means ensuring that your bike is properly maintained, that you're wearing the recommended protective gear, that you're comfortable with the race course and confident in your ability to ride it, as well as knowing your limits and riding in control at all times. More information about bike park safety can be found here.

Are there prizes & medals?

You Bet! The Steamboat Quick and Chainless competitors will receive custom medals for placement in the top 3 of their class. We will also be giving away numerous prizes from our many partners and supporters of the Steamboat Bike Park.

How do I get better?

Great question! We all want to learn to ride stronger and with more confidence and the best way to progress your skill is by taking advantage of the professional instruction that's available through the Steamboat Bike School. For details on scheduling your own progression session click here.

I have additional questions, where can I get answers?

Call or stop by the Steamboat Bike Shop 970.871.5438.


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