LEADVILLE — With the crack of the starting gun on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m., the newly christened Pedal Power Snowshoe Winter Race Series begins another season of adventure racing to benefit local charities in Eagle and Lake Counties.
Now in its 17th year, the CMC Thanksgiving 10K run will begin and end at Timberline Campus of Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville location. The course follows a blend of single-track, wooded cross-country trails and panoramic open stretches. Due to ample early season snow, this race, originally scheduled as a 10K cross country trail run, may evolve into a snowshoe race.
While early season conditions are always in play, according to race director Bruce Kelly, the competition will go on in one form or another.
“As of now, the first race will proceed as a trail run over the traditional course,” he said. “Throughout the history of the series, we’ve always had to address the vagaries of weather and this year is no different. Our staff is used to adapting to conditions to provide the best race experience possible.”
Racers should call Pedal Power Bike Shop at 970 845-0931 for the latest updates on the status of the race. A decision on the nature of the race (trail run or snowshoe) will be forthcoming based upon this week’s weather.
The Pedal Power snowshoe races are the oldest established competitive snowshoe race series in the region as well as the only completely nonprofit event of its kind, with all proceeds from the popular race series benefitting local Eagle and Lake County charities. The series has a new name this year as well — what started 16 winters ago as a venue for the regions top endurance athletes to pursue their competition-driven addiction on snowshoes, the Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series will now become the Pedal Power Winter Race Series.
The reason for the change in brand, according to Kelly, is to have an event title that more embraces what the series has become over the years.
“It all started when we introduced the first skate ski element to one of the races to create a duathlon. People enjoyed the combination so much that we soon added snow biking to make it a winter triathlon,” Kelly said. “The winter tri became so popular that we even added a second event, which was immediately recognized as the North American Winter Triathlon Championships”
The series consists of seven events held around the region, including the Colorado State Snowshoe Championship. These high-profile races, along with the series’ reputation for providing great course venues and the caliber of competition, have made the Pedal Power Snowshoe Adventure Series one of the top events in the region. This year, the series will include a snowshoe, snow bike and Nordic skiing events as well as a comprehensive winter triathlon that encompasses all three diciplines.
Title-sponsors for this year’s series are Gorsuch, Ltd., Maximum Comfort Pool & Spa and Dollar Rent-a-Car. Individual event sponsors include, The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, Pazzo’s Pizza, The Arrowhead Alpine Club, The Eagle-Vail Metro District and The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse.
Registration for the first event is $20. Participants can preregister directly online at www.pedalpowerbike.com or with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Participants may also register ($25) on the day of the event at the race start.