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Vail Rec District, Backcountry Lifeline to host first aid for mountain bikers class

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Backcountry Lifeline participants rehearse an on-trail scenario as part of an emergency preparedness class for mountain bikers. The organization is hosting a training session on on Wednesday, June 21, at the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse.

The Vail Recreation District is partnering with Backcountry Lifeline to host a First Aid for Mountain Bikers class on Wednesday at the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse. The class starts at 8 a.m. and will end at 4:30 p.m.

As host of the local mountain bike race series, the recreation district is committed to mountain biker safety. This class is for rec district employees, race volunteers and the public to learn first aid tips and techniques, tailored specifically to mountain biking. This will ensure staff and riders are informed and able to help with emergency situations at races and out on the trails.

"We're excited to open this class up to the public, because the more riders who are trained to respond to an emergency, the safer our trails will be for everyone," said Town Series Race Director Beth Pappas.

To register, visit vailrec.com/register by Monday at 4 p.m. There are only a few spots remaining, so don't miss out. The fee for the class is $125.

Recognize emergencies

Backcountry Lifeline training teaches riders to recognize emergencies on the trails and how to respond to them. Upon completion, students will be certified in first aid, CPR and AED usage. The purpose of this class is to provide bikers and event organizers with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to an emergency until medical professionals arrive.

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Backcountry Lifeline was founded in August 2015, following a crash on Stage 3 of the Big Mountain Enduro and Enduro World Series race in Crested Butte, where 40-year old Edwards resident Will Olson died. Olson was an expert rider, favored to win the series. To Backcountry Lifeline founders, he was a respected competitor, amiable friend, and beloved fiance. Olson's death rocked the bike community, causing support to pour in from around the globe. Backcountry Lifeline was founded by three fellow racers, along with Olson's fiance Bonnie McDonald, following this tragedy. Olson was one of a dozen fatalities and serious injuries reported that season alone.

IF YOU GO:

What: First Aid for Mountain Bikers class

Where: Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse

When: June 21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $125

More information: vailrec.com/register

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