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Spring bike race series announced

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Recreation District has announced the addition of the new Spring MTB Short Track Series as its kickoff to mountain bike racing in the Vail Valley this year.

The new series will feature four races.

In addition to the seven races of the Riverfront Club at the Westin’s Vail, Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series, mountain biking enthusiasts will have a full lineup of racing this spring and summer.

The Spring MTB Short Track race series will kick off its season April 27 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, followed by a race on May 4 at 4 Eagle Ranch. The races will return to the Eagle County Fairgrounds on May 11 with the final race scheduled for May 18 at the Beaver Creek base area.

All the races will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Registration costs $10 per race or $30 for the entire series for adults and $5 per race or $15 for the entire series for youth. Following each race, racers will enjoy an after party that will include a raffle prize drawing and free beer for adult racers. There will be no individual category prizes or series points for these events.

The races will feature a short, dirt loop, with racers completing as many laps as possible in 20 minutes with an average lap taking approximately two minutes to complete.

There are separate races for beginner, sport and pro/expert riders. Additionally, youth racers, ages 8-10 and 11-14 will compete in separate races that will take place for five and 10 minutes.

According to VRD race director Beth Pappas, the addition of the Spring MTB Short Track Series will only heighten the fun and competition the VRD offers throughout the year.

“The new short track series will offer racers a fun, adranaline pumping way to get back in biking shape after a long winter,” Pappas said. “It’s a chance to get the dust off our bikes and kinks out of our bodies before the Riverfront Club at the Westin’s Mountain Bike series kicks off in late May.”

The Spring MTB Short Track Series was launched last year by local mountain biking enthusiast and the VRD’s Mountain Bike Race Series’ announcer/emcee, Larry Grossman, as a way to introduce beginners to the sport of mountain bike racing.

“I’m hoping people who haven’t done much bike racing will try the sport,” said Grossman. “Short track is the perfect introduction to mountain bike racing with short races, a spectator-friendly course and a fun, social atmosphere which keeps the racers rolling.”

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