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Vail-Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Series starts Wednesday

VAIL, Colorado ” The Vail Recreation District’s (VRD) first mountain-bike race of the 2009 Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series is Wednesday at 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott.

The Hammer in the Hay will take racers ages eight and older through the fields surrounding the working ranch with distances from 3.8 miles for youth racers to 14.8 miles for the pro and expert racers. No pre-riding of the course will be available.

Day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m. Races will begin at 5 p.m. with the youth category, followed by junior, men’s and women’s beginner and sport; men’s vet sport and women’s vet plus clydesdales at 5:45 p.m. The men’s and women’s pro and expert, as well as masters, singlespeed and vet experts will race at 6:30 p.m.

The race will include an after party at 4 Eagle Ranch with a free keg of beer and feature Hardscrabble, which will play for racers and spectators until 9 p.m. with its bluegrass sound.

Prizes also will be presented after the race to the top-three finishers of each category, as well as a raffle-prize drawing.

Venture Sports, the official shop of the Hammer in the Hay race, is offering 15 percent off all tires and tubes and 20 percent off all tunes at its Avon store through Wednesday. Mention VRD Bike Series to receive the discount.

Pre-registration for individual races and the entire series is under way for all experience levels, ages 8 and older. Team registration costs $2,350 and allows up to 15 riders to compete for the overall series title. Individual series registration costs $125 and individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race-day.

Preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. today with registration also available until 5:30 p.m. on-site at the race.

The series continues June 10 with the Eagle Ranch Classic followed by the Berry Creek Bash in Edwards on June 17.

For more information on the race series and other VRD sports, call 970-479-2280 or go to vailrec.com.