Short track series kicks off Wednesday
VAIL — The Vail Recreation District will kick off its 2015 mountain-bike race season this week with its first Spring MTB Short Track Series race, one of three short track races taking place this spring. The first race is at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott and will offer participants up to 20 minutes of intense racing around a short dirt course.
Race-day activities begin at 4:30 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 6 to 10, followed by a race at 5:30 p.m. for kids ages 11 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 costs to participate is $7 for kids and $15 for adults. Registration for the entire Spring MTB Short Track Series costs $15 for kids and $35 adults.
The short track races will take place on a short, dirt loop, with adult participants completing as many laps as possible in 20 minutes, with an average lap taking approximately two minutes to finish. The length of time for the children’s races is five minutes for ages 6 to 10 and 10 minutes for ages 11 to 14.
AFTER-PARTY AT 4 EAGLE RANCH GRILL
An after-party will be held at the 4 Eagle Ranch Grill following the race for all participants and spectators. All racers will have the chance to win raffle prizes and adult racers will receive a free beer from the race series’ beverage partner, New Belgium Brewing Co. Unlike this summer’s seven-race Athletic Club at The Westin’s Vail, Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series, the Spring MTB Short Track Series will not award prizes or points for individual racers or teams.
Race organizers are watching the weather and will notify participants should the race be canceled due to inclement weather or bad trail conditions. Check the Vail Recreation District’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/vailrec district for up-to-date information.
The Spring MTB Short Track Series will continue May 6 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds with an after-party at The Dusty Boot. The final short track race is May 13 at Maloit Park in Minturn with an after-party at Magustos Pizza & Burger Pub. All races begin at 5:15 p.m.
Registration for the first MTB Short Track Series race, as well as information about Vail Recreation District’s action-packed lineup of spring and summer mountain-bike activities is available by calling 970-479-2280 or visiting http://www.vailrec.com/sports/mountain-bike-racing.
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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.