BEAVER CREEK – This year’s Jeep King of the Mountain Series will conclude with the 2006 Mountain Biking World Professional Championships at Beaver Creek on Sept. 3.The race features the world’s top male and female racers, who will be competing for the title and cash prizes. The event will be televised on Oct. 8 from 5-6 p.m. on CBS.In addition to the elite field of pre-qualified international professional racers, the balance of the 16-athlete field – two men and two women – will be invited from the local community or based on results from other national and international mountain bike competitions. This year’s race be staged on the innovative Y-shaped racecourse. The daredevil racecourse, known simply as “The Y,” combines the two most dramatic and popular forms of mountain bike racing. Competitors begin the race on separate sides of the course (the prongs of the Y) before converging midway into a single course (the crux of the Y). In the bottom section, racers must navigate a series of banked turns, tabletops, step-down jumps and rollers before the track climaxes with an all-out sprint to the finish. VRD Softball registrationVAIL – The Vail Recreation District’s (VRD) fall softball league registration will end Monday, Aug. 21. Teams are organized on a first-come, first-served basis and registration is available at the VRD administration office, located at 700 South Frontage Road East, adjacent to the Ford Park softball fields. Cost for team registration is $250 for VRD taxpayers, plus a $20 forfeit deposit, or $290 for non-VRD taxpayers, plus a $20 forfeit deposit. Payment is required at the time of registration. The leagues and team space availability are as follows:- Men’s A League play Mondays beginning Aug. 28 with six-team spaces available.- Men’s B League will play Tuesdays beginning Aug. 29 with six-team spaces available.- Coed Recreation Leagues will play Wednesdays beginning Aug. 30 with six-team spaces available.All games will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be played at the Ford Park softball fields. Players must be 18 years or older, and each team must have a minimum of eight players to finish the game. Each league consists of a regular season followed by playoffs. For more information, contact the VRD sports department at 479-2280 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Hockey ClinicVAIL – The Vail Recreation District is offering its first-ever adult ice hockey clinic Aug. 21-31 for beginner, intermediate and advanced ice hockey players interested in learning new skills or refining existing skills. Clinics will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and costs $80 per person for pre-registration or $90 per person on Aug. 21. Cost includes six hours of on-ice instruction, plus skate rentals if needed. The clinic schedule is as follows:- Hockey 101: 6 to 7 p.m. This is for beginning players with no experience or up to two years experience and will cover the basics of ice hockey, including posture, balance, familiarization of skating, stick handling, passing and shooting.- Hockey 201: 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. This is for intermediate players with two to four years of experience and will focus on developing skating and stick handling skills, pass drills, power skating and begin teaching strategy for individual and team play. – Hockey 301: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. This is for intermediate to advanced players with four years or more of ice hockey experience. The clinic will including high-intensity skating drills, including flow drills, game-type situations and shooting skills, as well as complex drills such as plyometrics on ice, hand and shot speed.Registration for fall adult men and women ice hockey leagues is also is underway. The leagues begin Sept. 5 and team space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.For more information or to register for the clinic, contact Dobson Arena at 479-2271 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Flag footballVAIL – The Vail Recreation District will accept registration for its men’s fall flag football league on a first-come, first-served basis until Sept. 16. Registration is available at the VRD administration office, located at 700 South Frontage Road East. Cost for team registration is $260 for VRD taxpayers, plus a $20 forfeit deposit, or $290 for non-VRD taxpayers, plus a $20 forfeit deposit. Payment is required at the time of registration. Games will be played on Sundays, from Sept. 18 to Oct. 23. Games will be played from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m., and all games will be played at the Vail Athletic fields. Players must be 18 years or older. The league is organized in an eight-versus-eight team format. Each league consists of a regular season followed by playoffs.For more information, contact the VRD sports department.Vail, Colorado
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