Q&A about the 2018 Quick & Chainless Race with Trevyn Newpher
What type of event is the Steamboat Bike Park Quick and Chainless race?
The 7th 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. There are Men's Open and Master 40+, Women's Open and Junior classes.
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 $50.
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, or call Trevyn Newpher at 970.871.5143.Registration, event schedule, and additional details coming soon.