Squawker keeps it rollin’

From pro skinny to fat tires, FLC hosts its MTB Classic

Riders at this year’s dual slalom will compete from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Chapman Hill, coinciding with the Squawker Mountain Bike Classic short track at Fort Lewis College. The cross country races are Sunday at FLC. Enlarge photo

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Riders at this year’s dual slalom will compete from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Chapman Hill, coinciding with the Squawker Mountain Bike Classic short track at Fort Lewis College. The cross country races are Sunday at FLC.

The Fort Lewis College cycling team isn’t giving Durango much of a break from the sound of whirring bike wheels.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge barely will have had time to roll off of Durango’s pavement before the Skyhawks keep on truckin’ – this time on dirt at this weekend’s Squawker Mountain Bike Classic.

The race will include short track, dual slalom and cross country races.

The weekend of collegiate competition kicks off with the short track race, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday behind Bader residence hall.

“You endurance hounds will be able to test your mettle on Durango’s finest and fastest short track course up on the FLC campus with a challenging mix of ripping single track and dirt roads,” FLC’s director of cycling Dave Hagen said in a news release to The Durango Herald.

The dual slalom will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at Chapman Hill on a steep downhill course that Hagen said is loaded with action-packed features, making it the most spectator-friendly event.

The cross country includes more than 20 miles of riding starting at 8 a.m. Sunday on a five-mile course that will begin behind Bader Hall. The course runs along the Rim and Lion’s Den trails and the Rim Drive and Fort Lewis Drive roads that circle the FLC campus for a handful of laps.

The Front Hill will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the racers.

Teams from FLC’s Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference, including from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Mesa and more, are expected to compete.

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