Beaver Creek hosts state championship hill climb |

Beaver Creek hosts state championship hill climb

Daily Staff Writer

Beaver Creek Resort hosts the Colorado State Hill Climb Championships on Sept. 6.The United States Cycling Federation’s (USCF) Lance Armstrong Junior Olympic Race Series (LAJORS) highlights a full schedule of bicycle racing for all ages and abilities that will ascend from Beaver Creek’s East Day lot through the upscale Strawberry Park development to 9,378-foot Daybreak Ridge – almost 2,000 feet in fewer than six miles.The LAJORS series has become an important feeder system for the Olympic movement, allowing boys and girls ages 10-18 a chance to try bike racing and qualify for development camps that can lead to a berth on the United States National Team. There is no entry fee for riders 10-18 years old at the Beaver Creek Colorado Hill Climb Championships.Top U.S. professionals will join amateur riders contesting for their share of more than $2,500 in cash, as well as the coveted State Hill Climb Champion, vest awarded to those who cross the finish line first in their category.The Beaver Creek Colorado Hill Climb Championships will also feature beginner citizen racing for adults as well as State Championship USCF age categories and Masters racing for those over 35. Racers can register online though http://www.sosride.netFor more Beaver Creek Hill Climb event information go to or contact John Edwards at (970) 390-8298 or Please note the Fly EGE Vail Classic Colorado State Criterium Championship originally set for Sept. 5 has been postponed until Sept. 4, 2005.The short but challenging mass-start races at Beaver Creek ap a full weekend of cycling in the area, beginning Sept. 4, with a citizen’s event called the Vail Classic Malin Memorial ride, that takes participants on a scenic course rolling through 80 miles of Colorado high country, climbing more than 5,500 feet. The ride loops from the start/finish line in Vail Village and travels through the alpine communities of Vail, Minturn, Leadville, and Copper Mountain, back to Vail Village. Nearly 400 riders are expected to participate in this inaugural event benefiting the Snowboard Outreach Society and other local charities.Early registration for Vail Classic Malin Memorial ride is under way. Participants can register online at, or mail the registration form and payment to SOS, P.O. Box 2020, Avon, CO 81620. Registration for the Malin Memorial Ride is $95 until Sept. 3. The fee includes the Vail Classic jersey, medical and SAG support, mechanical support, gourmet food at aid stations, sports drinks, a post party meal and a drink ticket. Showers will be available for free at the Vail Athletic Club.For more information regarding the Malin Memorial Ride, go to or contact Heather Gary at (970) 390-6081 or

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