Beaver Creek Blast tonight |

Beaver Creek Blast tonight

BEAVER CREEK – The Vail Recreation District’s (VRD) Vail-Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race series concludes today with the Beaver Creek Blast on Beaver Creek Mountain.

This is the final race in the seven-race series, the Beaver Creek Blast race will begin at the Centennial Chairlift at the base of the mountain and features a variety of courses for all categories.

Youth racers will ride 2-4 miles up the mountain and around to the finish on the Beaver Creek Village Loop Trail. The pros, men’s expert, men’s vet and master expert and men’s singlespeed categories will race an 18.1 mile loop that will take them all the way to Arrowheadand back.

The sport, vet sport, master’s sport, women’s singlespeed and clydesdale divisions will race 14 miles, which includes a medium loop to the top of Arrowhead, then back to Beaver Creek via Allie’s Way and a single track section by Beano’s Cabin. The beginner and junior racers will test themselves on a 7-mile loop that will include Allie’s Way and the Beaver Creek Village Loop.

Race costs are $25 before 5 p.m., and $35 on site. The race will begin at 5 p.m. with riders ages 8 to 14, followed by all adult categories at 5:45 p.m. Racers should park in one of the Beaver Creek parking structures or as directed by Beaver Creek staff at the security checkpoint.

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An after party is scheduled at the Coyote Cafe in Beaver Creek Village where dinner will be provided to all racers, courtesy of the Beaver Creek Resort Company, and prizes will be presented to the top-three finishers of each category for the race. The 2010 series champion for each category, plus the winner of the team competition will also be recognized at the party.

An end-of-season raffle prize drawing will take place and features two Patron Passes to Jazz Aspen and Off Road Driving Adventure, Orage outerwear for men and women, rounds of golf from the Vail Golf Club, a cruiser bike from Venture Sports, a birthday party at Bol in Vail, helmets, camelbaks and more.

The two top teams currently are Dusty Boot/Mountain Pedeler in first, followed by Mountain Pedal Power in second. The men’s pro division has Jay Henry and Jake Wells separated by only 15 points.

Also at the after party, the 2010 Commuter of the Year Award will be presented to Dawes Wilson of Vail. Wilson rides his bicycle nearly everywhere he goes, including to and from work, and also participates in the VRD races.

Registration, course information and start times are available at

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