Vail Pass Hill Climb happens Sunday
For the first time since the late 1980s, the original hill climb course – ridden by Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault, Davis Phinney and other legends of the sport – will be used for USA Cycling competition at the 2004 Teva Mountain Games in Vail.The Vail Pass Hill Climb Time Trial will be a benefit for the Eagle County Sheriff Department and D.A.R.E./Healthy Life skills education program in local area schools. The race will be open to both recreational and licensed road cyclists. Winners will be crowned in age group and racing categories.This year’s top climbers will be awarded $1,500 in cash – along with a distinctive Vail Hill Climb champion’s wind vest for each category victory. All participants will be eligible for prizes to be given away at a special awards party with 97.7 FM The Zephyr from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Sapphire restaurant in Vail Village.The time trial will start at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the heart of Vail Village, travel along South Frontage Road to East Vail and finish at the end of the old Vail Pass highway cul de sac.Number pickup and day-of-race registration opens at 8 a.m. and runs through 9:15 a.m. on the deck of the Sapphire restaurant.