Youth racers depart from the start line of the first race of the 2021 Summit Mountain Challenge race series, the Frisco Roundup, at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area on Wednesday, June 9. Moments before the first finisher of the day crossed the finish line on Wednesday, June 9, Summit Mountain Challenge Event Director Jeff Westcott reflected on what this moment meant to him and the rest of the Summit County mountain bike community.
Up above 9,000 feet, Summit isn’t just a destination for visiting mountain bikers. It’s long been one of the most together mountain biking communities in the country. And since 1987, the Frisco Roundup has been a core event in the annual summer cycling scene for Westcott and other community members who helped to build — often quite literally — the ecosystem of fat-tire trails.
“It feels normal, and it’s really great to see people, literally — with no masks,” Westcott said. “It’s been two years, and it feels like we didn’t miss a beat. People are here ready to go and my crew is awesome, and thanks to the (U.S.) Forest Service, the town of Frisco and the Dillon Reservoir Recreation Committee.”
Last year Westcott hosted a Frisco Roundup and Summit Mountain Challenge within the parameters of local and state COVID-19 guidelines. The format meant racers could ride through a pre-marked course on their own time and use the popular Strava exercise tracking application to share the GPS data of their results. The combined times would manifest a leaderboard, […]