Vail Valley mountain bike races start Wednesday |

Vail Valley mountain bike races start Wednesday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – Hammer in the Hay -the first race in the Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series – takes place Wednesday at 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott.

Hammer in the Hay takes racers ages eight and older through the fields surrounding the working-ranch with distances ranging from 4 miles for youth racers to 16 miles for the pro and expert racers. Racers will be able to test the course at 4 p.m. on race day.

Registration will end at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Racing will begin at 5 p.m. with the youth category, followed by never ever, 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 4 Eagle Ranch with a free keg of beer. Prizes also will be presented after the race to the top three finishers in each category, as well as a raffle prize drawing featuring products from race sponsors, area merchants and national companies. Venture Sports, the official shop of the Hammer in the Hay race, has donated a Giant Simple Three woman’s cruiser bike to be given away during the after party.

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