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Quick & Chainless

Quick & Chainless Bike Race

Registration

Registration will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 9:00am-11:00am, 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. 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.

For those who would like to pre-register, registration is now open at the Steambot Bike Shop Friday-Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm.

$30 entry fee. Registration is limited to the first 200 riders. Registration fee includes 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. Register at the Steamboat Bike Shop.

Classes

Intermediate – Advanced Riders ONLY. Men, Women & Children. Limited to the first 200 riders.
Men's Elite and Amateur, Women's and Youth (17 and under).

Rules

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

Prizes

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 (17 years and younger). The winner in each class will receive a GoPro.

Strider Race

Bring the little ones for free strider races in Gondola Square at 2:30pm. Kids ages 1 1/2 – 5 years of age will ride through the Gondola Square on an exciting course full of ramps, cones, and cheering fans. Entry into the event is free and rental striders along with protective equipment is available at no charge. Come join in on the fun.

Bike Contests - 4:00pm

  • Foot Down Contest – Corralled in a small square, 5 riders compete to see who will be the last rider standing without putting a foot down.
  • Bunny Hop Contest – Think of this as your high school track and field day high jump event, except on bikes.

Schedule

  • 9:00am-11:00am Quick & Chainless Check In at The Steamboat Bike Shop
  • 11:15am Riders Meeting at the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square
  • 11:50am Forerunners Run the Course
  • 12:00pm Race Begins (30 second starts)
  • 2:30pm Strider Race
  • 3:30pm Awards on the stage
  • 4:00pm Bike contests
  • 4:00pm Fall Into Winter Party with FREE concert featuring The Goonies
  • 7:30pm Free TGR Movie Premiere - Almost Ablaze

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

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

The 3rd 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 have a Steamboat Bike Park pass the entry fee is $30. If you need a pass the entry fee is $40.

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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