STEAMBOAT SPRINGS -- After taking a summer off to heal an injured knee, Mike Markel is back on his bike.
The men's sport 50-plus rider realizes it is going to take a while to get his rhythm back.
"I felt pretty good, but I had to get off once because my side hurt," he said. "I had three or four guys pass me during my break. It's probably because I'm still a bit out of shape."
The Hayden resident finished eighth in his division at the Thunderhead Hill Climb of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series.
"This summer, I'm just getting back into it," he said. "Next year, I'll try to get back into competitive ways."
Craig's Steve Martinson isn't having any trouble with his competitive ways. The men's expert 40-plus rider finished the climb in third place in his division.
"This is a good race early to see where you are at compared to the others in your division," he said. "I've never broken into 42 minutes, and I think I was close tonight."
Martinson was just off the 42-minute time with a 43:03 for the 4.73-mile race up the face of Mount Werner.
Martinson was the only member of his team, the Mo Phat Racers, to wear the team's bright yellow jersey. Martinson's son, Danny, also raced for the Mo Phat team. He finished 10th in the kids 10-12 division.
Emily Keiss was the top finisher for the Craig team with a first-place finish in the girls 16-18 division.
Keiss raced for Screaming K last year, a team made up entirely of the Keiss family. This year, the family decided not to join the team competition.
But family members are still racing.
Mary Ann Keiss finished second in the women's novice 40-plus division. David Keiss finished sixth in the youth boys 13-15 group. Andrew Keiss finished fifth in the kids 9 & under class.
The next race is two weeks from now and is called the Howelsen Hill Bluffs Cross Country race.