Lungs and a strong spine good for the Grind |

Lungs and a strong spine good for the Grind

Shauna Farnell

VAIL – The town mountain-bike race series has reached a peak for the well-rounded rider. As much as strenuous climbs are part of Wednesday’s Vail Mountain Grind, those riders predisposed to fast, technical descents will also find a niche.”The downhills are gnarly,” said race organizer Brian Doyon of the Vail Recreation District. “This course will even it out. Lost Lake and Davos are courses for climbers. Four Eagle and Eagle Ranch were a little flatter. Here, you still have a lot of climbing. But if you’re a technical rider, this is also your kind of course.”The Grind begins at Golden Peak and takes riders up Vail Mountain on service roads and singletrack, reaching a climbing total of 1,835 feet throughout the course, and more depending on the number of laps each group of riders will do. From the snowmaking equipment site on the mountain, riders will thread together a series of singletrack trails, some of which are marked by tight switchbacks full of roots and boulders.”It’s not nearly as much technical, hard riding as Lost Lake, but for the guys who like to go fast downhill, this is good for them,” Doyon said. “This is a course for the full-suspension guys and girls – it will be great for people who spent more on their bike than they did on their car.”Pro riders will do four loops on the course. Beginners will ride one. Children begin racing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, while adults pedal off at 5:45 p.m. Registration closes at 5:30 p.m. Riders are asked to park in the parking structure. The post-race party will be held at Art’s Bar in Crossroads. For a course description or more information on the race, visit, or call 479-2280.Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 748-2936 or

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