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Colorado group adds skiing to a midsummer triathlon

By: The Associated Press
July 4, 2017 Updated: July 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm
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Local endurance coach Joe Howdeyshell, left, and Boulder-based road cyclist Matti Rowe bike toward Peak 10 at Breckenridge Ski Resort on July 2. To celebrate Fourth of July, the pair joins three or four other endurance athletes for the self-proclaimed Breckenridge Triathlon: a mountain bike ride to Peak 10, a sunrise ski down Fourth of July Bowl, the Independence Day 10K at 7 a.m. and one 25-mile lap each for the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race. Good luck team.

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A quirky band of endurance athletes competed Tuesday in an unusual Breckenridge twist on the triathlon: a bike ride up a mountain, followed by summer skiing, followed by a trail run and another bike ride — all while wearing jean shorts, Speedos and socks.

The race started at about 3 a.m.

Competitors loaded mountain bikes at Breckenridge's Peak 9 for a 3-mile ride up 3,100 vertical feet. Racers then transitioned to skis for sunrise turns down Fourth of July Bowl, an expanse of remaining snow that hangs over the ski resort.

The racers then joined a 10K trail run, followed by 25 miles in the Firecracker 50 mountain biking race.

Organizer Joe Howdyshell tells The Summit Daily News that he and his friends "like to do these crazy adventure things."

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