Son of Middle Creek race added to series
VAIL — The Vail Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series returns for its 32nd year in late May. The schedule is set and will offer racers ages 8 and older an action-packed summer featuring seven races throughout the Vail Valley beginning on May 27.
This summer’s Vail Recreation District series will feature a new circuit race for adults on the Son of Middle Creek trail in Vail, a kids-only race on the Boneyard trail in Eagle and a new Women’s Master Sport category for those ages 45 and older. Registration for individual races and the entire series is currently underway for all experience levels.
The 2015 series dates are as follows:
May 27: Eagle Ranch Classic, Eagle.
June 10: Berry Creek Bash, Edwards.
June 24: Battle at Bellyache, Eagle.
July 8: Vail Grind, Lionshead in Vail.
July 22: Son of Middle Creek Circuit Race. Race will begin on Red Sandstone Road and take riders on a steady climb up to the Son of Middle Creek trailhead, where riders will enjoy fast descents and punchy climbs before veering onto North Trail and descending back to Red Sandstone Road. There will be no youth race or never-ever category for this race. The trail is considered intermediate to expert.
July 29: Kids Only Boneyard Brawl, Eagle. Youth racers will battle it out on the existing Boneyard Brawl youth race course. Adults aren’t allowed to race, but they are encouraged to come cheer on the future generation of mountain-bike racers.
Aug. 12: Davos Dash, Behind the Holiday Inn in West Vail.
Aug. 26: Beaver Creek Blast, Centennial Chairlift in Beaver Creek.
Last year, more than 1,800 mountain-bike racers competed for $20,000 in cash and prizes. The Larkburger Youth Mountain Bike Series also continued to grow with more than 225 area youth, ages 8 to 18, racing on many of the same trails as the expert and professional riders.
“We’re thrilled to offer a new course for our adult racers and the first-ever kids-only race,” said Beth Pappas, of the Vail Recreation District. “It’s fun to be able to mix things up for our participants to keep the series fresh and exciting.”
Individual adult race costs are $25 for early registration and $35 on race day. Racers also can register for the entire race series for $150 by May 12 or $165 after May 12. Teams of up to 25 riders can compete for the overall series title as well. Larkburger Youth Series costs are $60 for the entire series or $10 for individual races ahead of time and $15 on race-day. Prizes will be presented to the top three finishers of each category after each race, with series prizes awarded to the top finishers in each category at the end of the season.
Also new this year, youth racers will collect points over the summer and the champions will be recognized after the final race. Raffle prize drawings will be held at each awards ceremony.
Each after-party will include a free beer for those 21 and older from New Belgium Brewing Co., the official beverage partner of the series. During the end-of-season party on Aug. 26, New Belgium will provide a classic New Belgium cruiser bike as part of the final raffle drawing.
The Athletic Club at The Westin, East West Resorts, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Summit Ford and The Dusty Boot are sponsors of the series, along with Vail Valley Medical Center, the town of Eagle, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, Central Rockies Mortgage, Vail, Beaver Creek, Apex Dental, New Belgium Brewing Co., POC, Avon Liquor, Optic Nerve, Outdoor Tech, Yellowbelly, Honeystinger, Venture Sports, The Kind Bikes and Skis, Mountain Pedaler, Pedal Power and KZYR 97.7. The Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KidSPORT.
Registration, course information and start times are available online or by calling 970-479-2280.
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