Take two: Hammer in the Hay on Monday
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Once more with feeling, people.
The Vail Recreation District’s (VRD) rescheduled Hammer in the Hay mountain bike race is Monday at 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott.
The race, originally scheduled for May 29 but canceled due to wet conditions, will take racers ages 8 and older through the fields surrounding the working-ranch with distances from 3.8 miles for youth racers to 14.8 miles for the pro and expert racers. No pre-riding of the course will be available.
Day-of-registration ends at 5:30 p.m. Races will begin at 5 p.m. with the youth category, followed by junior, men’s and women’s beginner and sport; men’s vet sport and women’s vet plus clydesdales at 5:45 p.m. The men and women pro and expert, as well as masters, singlespeed and vet experts race at 6:30 p.m.
The race will include an after party at 4 Eagle Ranch with a free keg of beer for participants. There are prizes for the top-three finishers of each category, as well as raffle prize drawing featuring products from race sponsors, area merchants and national companies.
Venture Sports, the official shop of the Hammer in the Hay race, is offering 15 percent off all tires and tubes and 20 percent off all tunes at its Avon store through Monday. Mention the VRD bike series to receive the discount.
Preregistration for individual races and the entire series is available for all experience levels, ages eight and older. Individual series registration costs $125 and individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race-day.
Preregistration for the race ends today at 5 p.m. with registration also available until 5:30 p.m. on-site at the race.
The race series continues with the Vail Grind on July 8 on Vail Mountain and then the Mike Janelle Memorial Race/Davos Dash on July 22.
For more information on the race series and other VRD sports, call 970-479-2279.
There Marco Odermatt was, in the Birds of Prey finish corral following his gutsy super-G run, wondering just how fast he was. As the second skier on course, and the first to finish, the confusion was understandable.