Mountain bikers to race short track in Eagle |

Mountain bikers to race short track in Eagle

Derek Franz
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado –If you like riding a mountain bike as fast as you can, socializing and sipping suds, then take note of The Dusty Boot Short Track Series, which gets in gear May 14 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

“Basically, it’s good, cheap fun – kinda old school,” said Charlie Brown, who “absolutely” plans to participate in the races.

Short-track bike racing is on a looped course of unspecified length.

At the Dusty Boot series, racers will ride for 17 minutes plus one lap. Each lap takes about two or three minutes. Racers will be organized into A, B and C flights according to ability, and there also will be a kids flight.

Registration will be at the race and cost $10. The 10-minute kids race will be free and start at 5:30 p.m. Parents will have to sign a release for the kids. The C-flight races at 6 p.m., B at 6:45 p.m. and A at 7:30 p.m. The series will be six races, taking place every Friday after May 14.

“It’s a good spectator kind of venue,” Brown said of the fairgrounds and short track racing.

Larry Grossman started organizing the new race series a few months ago and plans to buy a keg at The Dusty Boot after each race.

“I’m hoping people who haven’t done much bike racing will try,” Grossman said. “Maybe it’ll be a stepping stone for the Vail Town Series, which is put on by the Vail Recreation District and is more serious.”

The goal is fun. Race numbers won’t even be issued.

“Attitudes will not be tolerated,” reads an event description at the race’s website, “Come out and ride hard, have fun, cheer for everyone and pat your competitors on the back at the end of the chaos. Then go drink a beer, it’s that simple.”

Grossman said he is definitely going to need volunteers, especially for help with the day-of registration.

“I couldn’t have done it without John Shipp at The Dust Boot,” Grossman said. “People think you just show up and put on a race but there’s quite a bit of expense – insurance is the primary cost and then the beer afterwards.”

Grossman said he has been promoting various bike races for three years, including some announcing. He might end up announcing BMX races that are planned for Eagle’s future track as well.

“I think you’ll see some racing cross-over – there are so many kids in Eagle looking for things to do,” Grossman said.

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