Short track mountain bike series wraps up Wednesday
The Spring MTB Short Track Series is heading to Edwards for the last race of the series on Wednesday, May 8. The third and final event will take place in Edwards, offering participants up to 20 minutes of racing around a short, fast, dirt course on the scenic riverside trails of the Miller Ranch Open Space. Parking is available at June Creek Elementary School or Berry Creek Middle School.
An average lap is expected to take approximately two minutes to finish, and adult racers have 20 minutes to complete their laps. The length of time for the youth races is five minutes for ages 5 to 9 and 10 minutes for ages 10 to 14. Racers do not need to have participated in the first two short track races to participate in this final one — all newcomers are welcome.
Race day activities begin at 4 p.m. with day-of registration, which will last until 6:30 p.m. The first race of the event begins at 5:15 p.m. for kids ages 5 to 9, followed by a race at 5:30 p.m. for kids ages 10 to 14. Adult races will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the beginner category and continue with the sport category at 6:15 p.m. The final race, for cyclists in the expert category, will begin at 6:45 p.m.
The cost to preregister for the races is $5 for kids and $15 for adults. Day-of registration rates are $7 for kids and $20 for adults.
An after-party will be held at E Town in Edwards following the race for all participants and spectators. All racers have the chance to win raffle prizes, and racers 21 and older will receive a free beer from the race series’ beverage partner, New Belgium Brewing Company.
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Last week, the second race of the short track series received a last-minute venue change due to muddy conditions. Race organizers are watching the weather and will notify participants should the race be canceled or moved due to inclement weather or unrideable conditions. Check the Vail Recreation District’s Facebook page at facebook.com/vailrecdistrict for updates.
Longer series next
Short track racing will now give way to longer events as the Rec District’s Mountain Bike Town Series continues on May 22 with the Minturn Mini Kids Race, kicking off the East West Hospitality Mountain Bike Race Series presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Bloch & Chapleau Attorneys at Law. The first race in the series for both adults and kids is the Eagle Ranch Classic on May 29. Further details on this eight-race, cross-country series are available at vailrec.com. Mountain bikers interested in participating in the whole series will receive an early bird discount for registering by May 12.
Preregistration for the third Spring MTB Short Track race, as well as registration for other spring and summer mountain bike activities, is available at vailrec.com/register or by calling 970-479-2280. Visit vailrec.com for details on all other Vail Rec District programs and offerings.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.