The Vail Recreation District celebrates 30 years of mountain-bike racing this year beginning today with the Eagle Ranch Classic.
This summer more than 1,750 riders of all ages and ability levels will compete for $5,200 in cash and $30,000 in prizes.
This is the first race of the seven race series, which is presented by East West Resorts, the Vail Valley Medical Center and Summit Ford.
Individual series registration cost is $165 and individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on the day of the race. Day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m.
The Eagle Ranch Classic is the largest race of the season, and racers are encouraged to arrive early on race-day to pick up their number plates.
Participants are asked to park at the after party location in the Eagle Ranch Business District and ride to the start, as parking is extremely limited at the trailhead.
If participants drive to the start, they will need to park on 4th of July Road as directed by VRD staff.
Arroyo Road will be closed to all vehicle traffic between 4th of July Road and Haystacker Road from 4 to 8 p.m.
The race will include an after party at The Dusty Boot in Eagle Ranch with a free keg of beer provided by Bud Light for those 21 and older.
Prizes will presented to the top-three finishers of each category after each race, with series prizes awarded to the top finishers in each category at the end of the final race of the season.
Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony, featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
Mountain Pedaler, the official shop of the Eagle Ranch Classic, will be onsite to provide neutral support for racers with last minute mechanical issues.