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Highlights from the first race in the Ascent Cycling Series June 5, 2013, at Bear Creek Park.

Colleen Cameron climbs a steep hill Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Colleen Cameron climbs a steep hill Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Shad Schreiner races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Shad Schreiner races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Jason Hanson celebrates as he finishes ahead of Fernando Rivera who had a flat Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Jason Hanson celebrates as he finishes ahead of Fernando Rivera who had a flat Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Ryan Kohler races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Ryan Kohler races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Robert Blackwell races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Robert Blackwell races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Marty Krekow races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Marty Krekow races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Lonna Thelon races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Lonna Thelon races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Amy Thelen races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Amy Thelen races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cors Chance races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Cors Chance races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Doug Johnson races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Doug Johnson races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Brett Billing races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Brett Billing races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Kent Nelsestuer races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kent Nelsestuer races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Douglas Hoover races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Douglas Hoover races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mark Kyle races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mark Kyle races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Sarah Walter races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Sarah Walter races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Laurel Rathbun races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Laurel Rathbun races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Neil Oppedal races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Neil Oppedal races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Missy Ross races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Missy Ross races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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J.J. Clark races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

J.J. Clark races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Laurel Rathbun races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Laurel Rathbun races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Ryan Beecher races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Ryan Beecher races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graham Ruhmann races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Graham Ruhmann races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mike West races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mike West races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Kyle Bloesser races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kyle Bloesser races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Brett Billing races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Brett Billing races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Graham Ruhmann races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Graham Ruhmann races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Kyle Bloesser races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kyle Bloesser races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Trevor Von Boeck races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Trevor Von Boeck races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Kelli Emmett rides to a victory in the women's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kelli Emmett rides to a victory in the women's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cameron Chambers celebrates as he crosses the finishline to win the Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Cameron Chambers celebrates as he crosses the finishline to win the Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Christian Panozzo races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Christian Panozzo races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Kelli Emmett races to a  win in the women's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kelli Emmett races to a win in the women's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Brady Smith races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Brady Smith races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mitch Goates races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mitch Goates races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Dan LeClerc races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Dan LeClerc races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Jon Krantz races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Jon Krantz races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Julie Glenn races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Julie Glenn races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Amelia Tayor races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Amelia Tayor races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mountain bikers race up a steep hill Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mountain bikers race up a steep hill Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Fernando Rivera races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fernando Rivera races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Mountain bikers race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mountain bikers race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Patrick Cross races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patrick Cross races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Nick Jenkins races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Nick Jenkins races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Cameron Chambers races to a victory in the men's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Cameron Chambers races to a victory in the men's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Jon Krantz races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Jon Krantz races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tracy Thelen races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Tracy Thelen races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Ron Bollenberghe races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Ron Bollenberghe races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Adam Bentson races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Adam Bentson races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Colleen Cameron climbs a steep hill Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Colleen Cameron climbs a steep hill Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Shad Schreiner races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Shad Schreiner races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Jason Hanson celebrates as he finishes ahead of Fernando Rivera who had a flat Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Jason Hanson celebrates as he finishes ahead of Fernando Rivera who had a flat Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Ryan Kohler races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Ryan Kohler races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Robert Blackwell races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Robert Blackwell races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Marty Krekow races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Marty Krekow races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Lonna Thelon races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Lonna Thelon races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Amy Thelen races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Amy Thelen races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Cors Chance races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Cors Chance races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Doug Johnson races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Doug Johnson races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Brett Billing races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Brett Billing races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kent Nelsestuer races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kent Nelsestuer races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Douglas Hoover races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Douglas Hoover races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mark Kyle races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mark Kyle races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Sarah Walter races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Sarah Walter races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Laurel Rathbun races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Laurel Rathbun races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Neil Oppedal races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Neil Oppedal races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Missy Ross races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Missy Ross races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

J.J. Clark races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

J.J. Clark races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Laurel Rathbun races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Laurel Rathbun races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Ryan Beecher races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Ryan Beecher races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Graham Ruhmann races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Graham Ruhmann races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mike West races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mike West races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kyle Bloesser races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kyle Bloesser races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Brett Billing races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Brett Billing races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Graham Ruhmann races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Graham Ruhmann races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kyle Bloesser races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kyle Bloesser races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Trevor Von Boeck races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Trevor Von Boeck races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kelli Emmett rides to a victory in the women's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kelli Emmett rides to a victory in the women's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Cameron Chambers celebrates as he crosses the finishline to win the Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Cameron Chambers celebrates as he crosses the finishline to win the Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Christian Panozzo races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Christian Panozzo races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kelli Emmett races to a  win in the women's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Kelli Emmett races to a win in the women's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Brady Smith races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Brady Smith races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mitch Goates races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mitch Goates races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Dan LeClerc races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Dan LeClerc races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Jon Krantz races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Jon Krantz races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Julie Glenn races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Julie Glenn races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Amelia Tayor races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Amelia Tayor races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mountain bikers race up a steep hill Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mountain bikers race up a steep hill Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fernando Rivera races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Fernando Rivera races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mountain bikers race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Mountain bikers race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patrick Cross races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Patrick Cross races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Nick Jenkins races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Nick Jenkins races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Cameron Chambers races to a victory in the men's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Cameron Chambers races to a victory in the men's Pro/Cat 1 race Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Jon Krantz races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Jon Krantz races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Tracy Thelen races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Tracy Thelen races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Ron Bollenberghe races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Ron Bollenberghe races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Adam Bentson races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Adam Bentson races Wednesday, June 5, 2013, during the first race of the Ascent Cycling Series at Bear Creek Park in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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