Locals get chance for early Iron Horse sign-up

Sure, it’s still six months away. But it’s time to hurry, hurry and step right up before you’re shut down. This could be your one and only chance to ride in one of America’s premier cycling events.

Locals are again being given first dibs at entering the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race/ride. Set your smartphone calendar for Dec. 2. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day Mountain Bike Specialists will host a “locals only registration party.” The race and citizens ride is set for May 24, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Registration opens online to the public at 9 a.m. Dec. 3, but if you snooze that day there are no guarantees:

Last year the road ride from Durango to Silverton sold out just 36 hours after online registration opened. Some race categories were closed within 13 hours.

The Dec. 2 party, on a Monday, will have several stations for riders to enter the 43rd annual Iron Horse either online or with the old-fashioned paper entry. Food and drink will be provided by local restaurants and businesses.

For more information visit ironhorsebicycleclassic.com.

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