RIDGWAY - Bicyclists of all skill levels and tire preferences will once again race against time in the third annual Loghill Lungbuster Challenge Sunday, Sept. 7 in Ridgway.
The 16-mile time trial will begin between noon and 12:15 p.m. for elite cyclists. All other riders can start when ready between 12:15 and 1:30 p.m. The race course starts at the “Old Schoolhouse Emporium” in Ridgway and ends at the Divide Ranch and Club on Loghill. Although the entire course is run on asphalt, the event is open to both road bicyclists on skinny tires and mountain bikers on fat tires.
The event’s name was inspired by the relentlessly steep ascent up the Loghill escarpment, which requires some cardiovascular fitness. The Loghill Lungbuster Challenge is a fundraiser for the Ouray County Historical Society; all proceeds from the $40 registration fee benefit OCHS.
Although the entire course is run on asphalt, the event is open to both road bicyclists and mountain bikers. Awards will be given in both divisions. Both types of cyclists will have plenty of opportunities to use their low gears on the seven percent grade up the Loghill escarpment, as well as a four percent grade on top of the mesa.
Participants will receive a custom pair of wicking bicycling socks sporting the whimsical Lungbuster logo. Bikers can enjoy post-race beer, energy drinks and snacks around the Divide Ranch and Club courtyard. The awards ceremony will begin when all entrants have completed the course or at 2:30 p.m., whichever comes first.
To register for the Lungbuster visit www.loghilllungbusterchallenge.com or call the Ouray County Historical Museum at 970/325-4576. The Lungbuster website offers detailed information about the event, including a map of the course.
Lungbuster sponsors include the Colorado Boy Brewery, Ridgway Mountain Market owners Darin and Valerie Hill, and San Juan Construction of Montrose.