Lance Armstrong, pro tour may come to Vail |

Lance Armstrong, pro tour may come to Vail

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Representatives from the Professional Cycling Tour (PCT) will meet with members of the Vail Valley Chamber & Tourism Bureau (VVCTB), the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts and other major local players to discuss adding the Vail Valley as a highlight stop on the tour for the next three years.The PCT is the only televised, fully sanctioned professional cycling series in North America and features the world’s top cyclists, including three-time Tour de France winner Armstrong.The PCT is proposing to bring a three-day international cycling festival to Vail, including road cycling races, a citizen’s ride from Denver, entertainment, seminars and product fairs.Tentatively named the “International Cycling Festival at Vail,” the event would ideally take place post-Tour, mid-August to Labor Day. For more information, contact Rick Chastain at (970) 477-4015.BC Patrol hosts free avy workshopBeaver Creek Resort has many action-packed activities and events planned for National Safety Week, Jan. 18-24, including an interactive backcountry clinic hosted by Beaver Creek Ski Patrol. The clinic, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, features a classroom presentation as well as a hands-on outdoor session, something not offered at past clinics.This unique Beaver Creek Avalanche and Backcountry Awareness workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. at Patrol Headquarters (PHQ), located at the top of Birds of Prey lift (chair 8). Space is limited and reservations are necessary. Call (970) 845-6610 for reservations or additional information.Mogul mania strikes againQuick feet, well-oiled knees and big air will be at a premium on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the 2003 edition of Vail’s renowned Mogul Mania series.The nation’s largest pro/am bump series for skiers, boarders and telemarkers, the opening Mogul Mania event will get underway at 10 a.m., with single-elimination moguls competition on dual courses, while the entertaining Air Show is slated for a 1 p.m. start.In addition to the Jan. 18 competition, the four-event Mogul Mania Series, produced by Vail-based Highline Sports & Entertainment, is also scheduled for Feb. 1, March 8 and March 22, with all events held on Cookshack.Registration for Mogul Mania is currently underway, with entries priced at just $25 for amateur competitors and $50 for professionals and Air Show participants. Competitors can register online at or in person at Ski Base in Lionshead.q– Staff reports

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