Bicycle Time Trial in Ouray County Colorado
Calling all Bicyclists!
Bicyclists of all ages, sizes and tire preferences should start training now for the first-ever Log Hill Lungbuster Challenge, a time trial and fund raiser for the Ouray County Historical Society.
The event is slated for Sunday, September 16. This is a new kind of fundraiser for OCHS, one that capitalizes on the growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who both live and visit Southwest Colorado. The Ouray County Historical Society has long worked to uphold its Mission Statement: "Dedicated to preserve, protect, procure, exhibit, and interpret whatever relates to the natural, social, and cultural history of Ouray County and the adjacent San Juan Mountain Region of Colorado." The Lungbuster Challenge is yet another step in history, as locals are more and more involved in outdoor recreation. It is the hope of OCHS to make this an annual event, bringing people to Ouray County to compete year after year.
The competition route starts at the Old Schoolhouse Emporium on West Sherman Street in Ridgway, then follows a 15 mile course west out of town on Highway 62 and CR 24A. At CR 1, bikers will follow the road's steep serpentine ascent up Log Hill escarpment, ride around the various subdivisions of Log Hill, and finish at the Divide Ranch and Country Club.
Both mountain biking (fat tires) and road cycling (skinny tires) are popular in the area so they will both be welcome.
The Ridgway Lungbuster Challenge will be in the form of a time trial, in which contestants start at intervals of about one minute apart. Then each rider races against the clock. Best time awards will be given in both fat tire and skinny tire divisions and there will be subcategories for gender and ages.
Participants will receive a custom pair of wicking bicycling socks as well as a very colorful t-shirt with the Lungbuster logo on the front. This is in addition to the energy drinks, water and nourishment offered at the one supported "rest stop" at mile 6 as well as the fun and festivities at the finish line near the Divide Ranch and Club on Loghill Mesa.
While you are in Ouray County, be sure to check out some of the many other activities, shops and restaurants the area has to offer! From driving the Million Dollar Highway, to taking a tour of the sets of the original John Wayne film 'True Grit', hiking, jeeping, mountain biking, and long soothing soaks in the mineral hot springs scattered throughout the county, the list of fun goes on and on.
The race's $40 registration fee will benefit the Ouray County Historical Society. For further information and to register for the event, contact the Historical Society at (970) 325-4576 or visit their website at http://www.loghilllungbusterchallenge.com