Vail — The Athletic Club at The Westin Vail Mountain Bike Race Series will continue Wednesday, featuring the rescheduled Davos Dash. Canceled due to inclement weather last week, the Davos Dash is the longest-running mountain-bike race in the area, celebrating 31 years of race action.
The race, which will begin at 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Davos Road for bicyclists eight years and older, is a 3.5-mile grind that’s virtually straight uphill, starting behind the Holiday Inn in West Vail. The current record holder, Jay Henry, set the record at 16 minutes, 45 seconds in 2009. The record for the women’s Pro division was set by Lisa Isom in 2005 at 20 minutes, 25 seconds. Following this week’s race, there are three more mountain-bike races scheduled in the series, which is presented by East West Resorts and Vail Valley Medical Center.
Individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race day. Racers who were preregistered for last week’s race are automatically registered for the rescheduled race. Registration is available by going to www.vail rec.com.
Preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. today and 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 eight 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 30-second intervals. The Kind, the official bike shop of the Davos Dash, will be on site to provide neutral support for racers with last minute mechanical issues.
The race will include an after-party at the Ale House in West Vail with a free keg of beer provided by Bud Light. 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. Participants should park at the after-party location or at the Lionshead parking structure and ride to the start. There is no race parking at the Holiday Inn. Additionally, riders are reminded that the roads leading from the start to the Davos trail head will not be closed to the public prior to the race, so all bikers need to follow the rules of the road when warming up.
30th anniversary jerseys
The commemorative 30th anniversary jerseys have arrived and can be purchased or picked up prior to or after the races. Available in unisex sizing, jerseys cost $55.
For each jersey ordered, the Vail Recreation District will make a $5 donation to Hardscrabble Trails Coalition, Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association or The Cycle Effect, based on the purchaser’s preference.
The race series will continue in Eagle on July 31 featuring the Boneyard Brawl, followed by the Camp Hale Hup on Aug. 14 at Camp Hale near Red Cliff. The final race of the series, the Beaver Creek Blast, will take place Aug. 28 in Beaver Creek.
In addition to the Athletic Club at The Westin, East West Resorts, Summit Ford and Vail Valley Medical Center, sponsors of the 2013 races include First Bank, The Dusty Boot, The Steadman Phillipon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, Primalwear, New York Life, Drift Innovation, Central Rockies Mortgage, Apex Dental, Bud Light, Vail, Beaver Creek, POC, Vail Honeywagon, Optic Nerve, Avon Liquor, Honeystinger and KZYR The Zephyr. The 2013 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KIDsport.