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First Vail Rec mountain bike race Wednesday

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Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – The Vail Recreation District’s first mountain bike race of the 2009 Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series takes place Wednesday in Eagle. The Eagle Classic will take racers ages 8 and older through Bureau of Land Management singletrack and doubletrack trails surrounding Eagle Ranch. Distances will range from 3.8 miles for youth racers to 14.8 miles for the pro and expert racers.

Day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m. The race will begin at 5 p.m. with the Youth category, followed by Junior, Men and Women Beginner and Sport; Men’s Vet Sport and Women’s Vet; plus Clydesdales at 5:45 p.m. The Men and Women Pro and Expert, as well as Masters, Single Speed and Vet Experts will race at 6:30 p.m.

The race will include an after-party at The Dusty Boot in Eagle Ranch with a free keg of beer for race participants. Prizes also will be presented after the race to the top three finishers of each category, as well as raffle prize drawing featuring products from race sponsors, area merchants and national companies. Mountain Pedaler in Eagle, the official shop of the Eagle Classic race, is offering racers 15 percent off bikes, parts and accessories through June 10. Mention the Vail Rec bike series to receive the discount.

Adult racers should park at the after-party location in the Eagle Ranch business district and ride to the race start. Alternative parking is also available at the Brush Creek Pavilion or Brush Creek Elementary School. Youth Series participants’ parents can park along the road near the race start at the Fourth of July trail head as directed by VRD staff. Car traffic will only be allowed one-way on Arroyo Road from Fourth of July Road by the trailhead until 5 p.m., then no car traffic will be allowed on Arroyo Road until the race is completed.

Preregistration for individual races and the entire series is currently under way for all experience levels, ages eight 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.