VAIL — The Vail Recreation District’s Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series continues Wednesday featuring the Camp Hale Hup. During the race, riders will enjoy mixed double and single track along the Continental Divide Trail with distances ranging from two miles for younger riders to 22 miles for more experienced riders. This is the third race of the seven race series, which is presented by East West Resorts, Summit Ford, New Belgium Brewing Company, The Dusty Boot and Howard Head Sports Medicine.
Individual race costs are $35 on race-day. Day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m.
The races will begin at 4:45 p.m. with the Larkburger Youth Series for riders ages 8 to 17, followed by the Athletic Club at the Westin adult series at 5:45 p.m. Men’s Pro, Expert and Vet Experts will start first, followed by all other categories at one minute intervals. Pedal Power, the official bike shop of the Camp Hale Hup, will be onsite to provide neutral support for racers with last minute mechanical issues.
There is no cell service at Camp Hale. In the event of inclement weather and/or dangerous trail conditions, the VRD will do its best to update its VRD Facebook page and website with the most current information should the race be postponed or rescheduled. The race start area is located at the intersection of East Fork Road and Resolution Creek Road, directly east of the Nova Guides Lodge. Access will be available via the second Camp Hale entrance, just past Nova Guides, at Camp Hale Spur 1B. Parking is in the 1B parking lot or as directed by race staff. No parking is available at the Nova Guides parking lot. Spectators and racers are encouraged to watch for wildlife on Highway 24 going to and leaving the race.
The race will include an after party at The Saloon in Minturn with a free keg of beer provided New Belgium Brewery. Prizes also will be presented after the race to the top three finishers of each category, as well as a raffle prize drawing featuring products from race sponsors, area merchants and national companies.
The race series will continue July 9, heading back to Vail for the Vail Grind on Vail Mountain. The series will then continue July 23 with the Eagle Ranch Classic in Eagle, the Davos Dash on Aug. 13 in West Vail and finish with the Beaver Creek Blast on Aug. 27 in Beaver Creek.
In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Summit Ford, New Belgium Brewing Company, The Dusty Boot and Howard Head Sports Medicine, sponsors of the 2014 races include FirstBank of Vail, The Steadman Phillipon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, New York Life/Ryan Van Ness, Central Rockies Mortgage, Apex Dental, Vail, Beaver Creek, POC, Vail Honeywagon, Optic Nerve, Honey Stinger, Outdoor Tech, Avon Liquor, Yellowbelly Chicken, KZYR The Zephyr and KSKE Colorado’s Ski Country. The 2014 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KidSPORT. Photos of the 2014 race series are being taken by Scott McClarrinon and available online at www.mcclarrinonphotography.com.
Registration, course information and start times are available by visiting www.vailrec.com/sports/mountain-bike-racing/mtb-race-series or calling 970-479-2280. For information on all other VRD programs and activities, visit www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2279.