Mountain bike races start May 26 in Vail Valley |

Mountain bike races start May 26 in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The 2010 Vail Recreation District Mountain Bike Race Series begins May 26 with the return of the Hammer in the Hay held at 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott, Colorado.

Racers of all experience levels, ages eight and older, can register for individual races or the entire series at

The series has expanded to seven races this summer and has added new categories based on participant feedback. The 2010 series dates are as follows:

• May 26: Hammer in the Hay, 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott

• June 9: Eagle Ranch Classic, Eagle Ranch business district in Eagle

• June 16: Berry Creek Bash, U.S. Forest Service Road in Edwards

• July 7: Davos Dash, Holiday Inn in West Vail

• July 22: Vail Grind/Mike Janelle Memorial Race, Lionshead area on Vail Mountain

• Aug. 5: New Race. Details to be announced

• Aug. 25: Beaver Creek Blast, Centennial chairlift at the base of Beaver Creek

Last year, there was a 14 percent increase in adult riders with more than 1,500 racers competing for $5,200 in cash and $30,000 in prizes. The Youth Mountain Bike Series saw a 41 percent increase in participation with nearly 200 area youth, ages 8 to 14, racing on many of the same trails as the expert and professional riders.

This year’s series will encourage more participation with a women’s single speed category as well as a never-ever category designed for bikers who have no previous race experience. The reduced rate for the never ever category is $15 for pre-registration or $25 on race-day and will be available at the Hammer in the Hay, Eagle Ranch Classic and Davos Dash races only. Never Ever participants will not receive team or individual points.

“We heard from a lot of racers that the series ended too early in the season, so we listened and added a seventh race,” said Beth Pappas, mountain bike series race director. “With the addition of that race, along with the creation of the never-ever category, we hope to give the biking community even more opportunities to participate in the series.”

Individual adult race costs are $25 for pre-registration or $35 on race-day. Racers also can register for the entire race series for $150 by May 24. Teams of up to 20 riders can compete for the overall series title as well. Youth series (ages 8 -14) costs are $60 for the entire series or $10 for individual races ahead of time and $15 on race-day.

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