Bike race series continues Wednesday with Berry Creek Bash
VAIL — The Vail Recreation District’s Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series continues Wednesday featuring the Berry Creek Bash in Edwards. The Berry Creek Bash will take racers ages 8 and older on jeep roads and singletrack featuring distances ranging from two miles for the youth racers to 10.8 for pro and expert racers. This is the second race of the seven race series.
Individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race-day. Registration is available by going to http://www.vailrec.com/sports/mountain-bike-racing/mtb-race-series. Preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday and day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m. for the first wave and 6:30 p.m. for the second wave. The races will begin at 4:45 p.m. with the Larkburger Youth Series for riders ages 8 to 17, followed by Men’s Sport, Vet Sport, Masters Sport, Grand Masters and Clydesdales from 5:45 p.m. to 5:47 p.m. Women’s Sport, Vet Sport and Master’s Sport, Men’s Beginner, Juniors and Women’s Beginner will start their races between 5:48 and 5:50 p.m. There are no Never Ever categories for this race. The Men’s and Women’s Pro, Expert, Vet Expert, Single Speed and Men’s Master Expert will begin their races between 6:45 to 6:48 p.m. The Kind Bikes, the official shop of the Berry Creek Bash, will be onsite to provide neutral support for racers with last minute mechanical issues.
The race will include an after party e|Town in Edwards with a free keg of beer provided New Belgium Brewing Co. Prizes also will be presented after the race to the top three finishers of each category, as well as a raffle prize drawing featuring products from race sponsors, area merchants and national companies. There is no parking at the race start. Racers are asked to park at the east side of the Edwards Medical Pavilion parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking is available at Colorado Mountain College and Battle Mountain High School. Parking is not allowed at the Shaw Cancer Center or adjacent neighborhoods and vehicles parked in these areas may be ticketed.
The race series will continue throughout the summer with the next race on June 24, featuring the Battle at Bellyache in Eagle. The series will then continue July 8 with the Vail Grind on Vail Mountain, the new Son of Middle Creek Circuit on July 22, the new kids’ only Boneyard Brawl in Eagle on July 29, the Davos Dash on Aug. 12 in West Vail and finish with the Beaver Creek Blast on Aug. 26 in Beaver Creek.
In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Summit Ford and The Dusty Boot, sponsors of the 2015 race series include Vail Valley Medical Center, Town of Eagle, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, Central Rockies Mortgage, Vail, Beaver Creek, Apex Dental, New Belgium Brewing Company, POC, Avon Liquor, Optic Nerve, Outdoor Tech, Yeti’s Grind, Yellowbelly, Honeystinger, Vail Honeywagon, Venture Sports, The Kind Bikes and Skis, Mountain Pedaler, Pedal Power and KZYR 97.7. The 2015 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KidSPORT.
Registration, course information and start times are available by clicking here or calling 970-479-2280. For information on all other VRD programs and activities, visit http://www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2279.