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Ultra 100 has new format, course

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BEAVER CREEK – The Ultra 100 mountain bike race returns to Beaver Creek this summer featuring a new course and additional team entry options. Competitors now have the opportunity to ride circles around their fellow riders, literally, as race organizers have created a new 20-mile race loop within the boundaries of Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead. On Aug. 19, the Ultra 100 will start and finish in Beaver Creek. Participants are offered a full gamut of race entry options, featuring the traditional 100-mile individual and two-person team divisions, as well as the 100K Individual. Newly added team options include 100-mile five-person team and 100K three-person team categories.”The new course was created in response to feedback from riders, spectators and sponsors,” said Amy Hornyak of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the company responsible for the Ultra 100 . “The lap format gives spectators and support crews the ability to monitor their riders more closely and provides the opportunity to employ various strategies and tactics during the race.”Run primarily on service trails and singletrack within the boundaries of Beaver Creek, the new course allows riders to concentrate on the task at hand without having to worry about highway crossings, sheep herds or OHV (off highway vehicle) traffic. The 2006 Ultra also features a pair of steady climbs of approximately 1,000 feet, along with a few 500 feet climbs on each lap.”The 100-mile race includes the best mountain biking trail sections that Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead have to offer,” said Highline’s event director Bryan Rooney. “The sections are accessible to riders in all divisions, as racers will tackle the same course. Different classifications determine the number of times each rider circles the 20-mile loop. It’s sure to be an action-packed race with much more activity than in years past.”Interested riders can register today online at http://www.mtbrace.com. Registration fees include 100-mile individual at $160, 100K Individual $130, 100 mile two-person team $95 (per person), 100-mile five-person team $75 (per person), and 100K three-person team $75 (per person). All riders that are signed up by Saturday will also receive an Ultra 100 race jersey, by Voler. There are no refunds. An entry may be transferred one time only for a $50 fee. Vail, Colorado

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