EVERGREEN, COLO, April 1, 2021 — Team Evergreen introduces the Session Series at Floyd Hill – a new weeknight short-course enduro series with a weekend finale on The Sluice, a highlight acclaimed trail at Floyd Hill in Clear Creek.
The Sluice, originally known as Segment 4, opened for the first time on August 21, 2019. This mountain-bike-only public trail offers riders an extremely accessible opportunity to test their skills on a one-way trail. It is one of only a few top-to-bottom bike trails in Colorado aside from ski resorts and is known for its technical, rocky terrain. With steep rocks, high berms, and big jumps, it’s any technical rider’s dream.
Beginning May 12th, gravity riding enthusiasts will race a new line each Wednesday evening chosen by race director, Josh Kravetz, and Yeti / Fox FACTORY team member, Shawn Neer. Each session will have its own awards and point rankings with the best 3 of 4 races determining the overall winners. The series will benefit Clear Creek County to continue the trail-building efforts of the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA), including a downhill trail system at Virginia Canyon and the Warren Gulch trail. Project Bike Tech, dedicated to teaching bike mechanics to high school students, will also be a beneficiary of the Session Series.
“The Session Series is the first weekly enduro series in Colorado and we are stoked to race on one of the coolest gravity trails on the Front Range,” said Jennifer Barbour, executive director of Team Evergreen. “The series gives riders an opportunity to race what they’ve been riding and support more trail building in the area. It will have a laid-back vibe, but there will be no shortage of competition. Take your run, grab a beer and cheer on your friends in a unique after-work atmosphere.”
The Session Series at Floyd Hill is produced by Team Evergreen in partnership with COMBA and Clear Creek County Open Space Commission. In 2019, COMBA and Team Evergreen spearheaded a public fundraising effort to secure funds to build the marquee trail, and contributed $80,000 to the planning, building, and maintenance of The Sluice.
“The Sluice stands out as a unique and engaging mountain biking experience in this area largely due to being designed and built for that purpose. It combines a designated use of bike-only and a mandatory downhill direction, with a large variety of trail options from blue to black and throws in some double-black options to appeal to a huge cross-section of riders. Add in that it is southern-facing and thus rideable for most of the year, and you have yourselves a mega-popular trail,” says Gary Moore, executive director of COMBA.
Registration for The Session Series at Floyd Hill is now open and will be capped at 200 riders per week, with the first 30 slots being reserved for women riders. For those seeking a more tamed challenge, weekly alternative lines will be available. Volunteers are needed to support the race and prepare the course. For those wishing to donate their time at the event, please contact [email protected]. COMBA performs weekly maintenance on The Sluice every Wednesday and volunteers are always needed! If you’d like to help with the upkeep of the trail, please contact [email protected].