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Vail Classic happens Labor Day weekend

Daily Staff Writer

The roads belong to the bikes on Saturday, Sept. 4.The Vail Classic Malin Memorial ride, dubbed the “Leadville Loop,” starts out from Vail Village at 7 a.m., and takes participants on a scenic course rolling through 80 miles of Colorado high country, and climbing over 5,500 feet. The one-day bicycle ride loops from the start line in the Vail Village and travels through the alpine communities of Vail, Minturn, Leadville, and Copper Mountain, before ending up back in Vail Village.On Sunday, September 5, the Vail Classic brings back a 20-year-old event with the Fly EGE Vail Classic Criterium. Held in the streets of the Vail Village, the criterium boasts a purse of over $4,000, as well as a number of prizes. The criterium is a Colorado State Championship and Lance Armstrong Junior Olympic Race Series event. Registration starts at $20. Nearly 400 riders are expected to participate in the inaugural Vail Classic Malin Memorial ride. While competing in the 2003 Race Across America, Brett Malin, a member of TeamVail/Go Fast, was struck and killed by a semi-truck. The Vail Classic route was Malin’s favorite training ride before the 3000-mile Race Across America. His teammates and friends will be riding in his memory. The race is being produced by local nonprofit SOS (Snowboard Outreach Society), which recently held the successful Colorado-Eagle River Ride.”Given the sense of accomplishment by the river ride’s participants, it’s great to have the opportunity to create another long distance challenge for those who live to ride,” said SOS executive director Arn Menconi. Proceeds from the Malin Memorial ride will benefit SOS and other charitable organizations in the Eagle Valley, including the Vail Cycling Foundation. “We’re grateful to riders who participate because it will help needy kids build character and have an opportunity to come to the mountains this winter,” Menconi said. Amenities include food and sports drink at aid Stations, medical support, mechanical support, SAG support and law enforcement. Early registration begins now. Participants can register online at or mail a registration form and payment to SOS, P.O. Box 2020, Avon, CO 81620. Registration for the Malin Memorial Ride is $80 until August 20, and $95 until September 3. The fee includes the Vail Classic jersey, gourmet food at aid stations, sports drinks, a postparty meal and a drink ticket. Showers will be available for free at the Vail Athletic Club.For more information, contact Arn Menconi at or at 471-4234, or Heather Gary at or at 845-7040.

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