Vail Grind race postponed due to lightning |

Vail Grind race postponed due to lightning

Shauna Farnell
VG Weather Cancel MI 7-19

VAIL – Wednesday’s bike race was much faster than riders calculated Wednesday during the Vail Mountain Grind. About 10 minutes after racers launched off the starting line on Golden Peak, organizers canceled the race due to lightning.”The ultimate call was the mountain’s,” said Joel Rabinowitz of Vail Recreation District, referring to Vail Resorts, which was hosting the race. “It was a good call, as far as I’m concerned. You could see the storm backing up into the mountain. There was a lot of lightning.”

The race was rescheduled for Wednesday next week, same time, same place, and racers can bring the bib numbers they were given at the start of Wednesday’s race.”Lightning is scary, but even just rain on this kind of course is not that fun to ride in,” said pro rider Adam Plummer. “You destroy the trail, you destroy your bike. Everyone’s just trying to be safe. It’s easy to reschedule.”The Vail Grind begins at Golden Peak in Vail and takes riders high up and down Vail Mountain on service roads and singletrack, using some technical trails with roots, rocks and tight switchbacks.

Children were able to finish their race on Wednesday, but adult racers will begin their rescheduled race at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.Racers who paid for Wednesday’s race but who are unable to race next week can call the rec district for a refund at 479-2280. More information about the mountain bike race series can be found at

Sports Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 748-2936 or, Colorado

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