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Beaver Creek Blast is Wednesday

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – The Vail Recreation District’s Vail Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race series will conclude Wednesday with the Beaver Creek Blast on Beaver Creek Mountain. This is the final race in the six-race series, which has taken mountain bike racers on courses throughout Eagle County including in Eagle, 4 Eagle Ranch, Edwards and Vail and Beaver Creek mountains.

The Beaver Creek Blast race will begin at the Centennial Chairlift at the base of the mountain and features a new course for all categories. Youth racers will ride two to four miles up the mountain and around to the finish on the Beaver Creek Village Loop Trail. The pro, men’s expert and men’s vet expert categories will race a new 18.1 mile loop that will take them all the way to Arrowhead Mountain and back. The sport, vet sport, single speed and Clydesdale division will race 14 miles, which includes a medium loop to the top of Arrowhead, then back to Beaver Creek via Allie’s Way and a new single track section by Beano’s Cabin. The beginner and junior racers will test themselves on a seven-mile loop that will include Allie’s Way and the Beaver Creek Village Loop.

Preregistration is available for $25 through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. Day-of registration will cost $35 and ends at 5:30 p.m. Races will begin at 5 p.m. with the youth category, followed by all adult categories at 5:45.

An after-party is scheduled at the Coyote Cafe in Beaver Creek Village where dinner will be provided to all racers, courtesy of the Beaver Creek Resort Company, and prizes will be presented to the top three finishers of each category for the Beaver Creek Blast race. The 2009 Series Champion for each category, plus the winner of the team competition, will also be recognized at the party. An end-of-season raffle prize drawing will take place and features airline tickets from American Airlines, Orage ski jackets for men and women, rounds of golf from the Vail Golf Club, a Rocky Mountain Bicycles iPod Shuffle and more. The two top teams currently are Pedal Power-Street Swell in first, followed by Mountain Pedaler of Vail in second, separated by only 505 points.

Also at the after-party, the 2009 Commuter of the Year Award will be presented to Brendan Finneran of Avon. Finneran rides his bicycle to his job as a member of the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and also participates in the VRD races. The Commuter of the Year is awarded by the ECO Trails Committee, a citizen group that advises the ECO Transit Board and advocates for trails within Eagle County. Venture Sports, the official shop of the Beaver Creek Blast, is offering 15 percent off all tires and tubes and 20 percent off all tunes at their Avon store through Wednesday. Mention VRD Bike Series to receive the discount.

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