Riders from around the region will come to Beaver Creek Aug. 17 to test their mettle at the 2002 Ultra 100, a 100-mile-long mountain bike race.Last year’s champions, Rishi Grewal of Carbondale and Michelle Gainger of Boulder, will see a different course this year. A new start/finish venue at Beaver Creek means riders will face the difficult June Creek, Red and White Mountain, and Muddy Pass climbs in the first part of the course, instead of at the end."This will most probably have a dramatic effect on race strategy for those that have participated in previous Ultras," says race organizer Jeff Brausch of Highline Sports and Entertainment.Racers who aren’t up to the task of riding all 100 miles can also participate in the Ultra 100-Kilometer race, a 62.14-mile dose of mountain riding.Registration for the 2002 Ultra 100 is priced at $160 for 100-mile individual competitors, $130 for 100-kilometer individual racers, and $130 per person for 100-mile team or tandem participants. Entries received after Aug. 10 will be charged an additional $50 fee, and day-of-race registration will be on a space available basis.Ultra 100 racers can register online at http://www.ultra-100.com through Aug. 15. Registration packets are also available at the Mountain Pedaler locations in Minturn and Eagle.Gore Canyon race is onLow flows have decimated rafting and kayaking activity around the state, but dam-release flows on the Colorado River mean this year’s Gore Canyon Festival is still on for Aug. 17-19.The festival, which is the two-time site of the National Rafting Championships, sends rafters and kayakers through a difficult stretch of Class V whitewater. Live music and expo tents turn Pump House Station (up the road from State Bridge) into party headquarters through the weekend. Those who skip the race can watch the action on a giant-screen television at the bottom of the course.For more information, surf to enviroactionsports.com, or stop by your local river shop.Don’t stop to pick berriesThe name "Tiga Adventure Ridge Berry Picker Run" may sound innocent, but beware: the fifth trail race in the Vail Recreation District’s Teva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series can be quite difficult.Although it’s the shortest race in the series (3 miles), the course runs straight up the face of Vail Mountain Aug. 11 run. Registration is $20 (no Saturday registration), and the race begins at 9 a.m. For information or registration check out http://www.vailrec.com.
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