First Race of the Seven Race Series Features a Classic Course in Eagle, Colo.
(Vail)--The Vail Recreation District will kick off its summer season of mountain bike racing on Wednesday (5-29) featuring the Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series, Eagle Ranch Classic. The Eagle Ranch Classic will take racers ages eight and older through the jeep roads and single track surrounding the 4th of July trailhead in Eagle Ranch with distances ranging from 3.5 miles for youth racers to 12 miles for the pro and expert racers. This is the first race of the seven race series, which is presented by East West Resorts, Summit Ford and the Vail Valley Medical Center. Individual series registration cost is $165 and individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race-day. Registration is available by clicking here. Preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow (5-28) and day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m. The races will begin at 4:45 p.m. with the Larkburger Youth Series for riders ages 8 to 17, followed by Men's Sport, Vet Sport, Master's Sport, Legends and Clydesdales from 5:45 p.m. to 5:47 p.m. The Women's Sport and Vet Sport, Men's Beginner, Juniors, Women's Beginner and Men and Women's Never Ever will start their races between 5:48 and 5:51 p.m. The Men and Women's Pro and Experts, as well as Masters Expert, Single Speed and Vet Experts will race at 6:45 p.m. Mountain Pedaler, the official shop of the Eagle Ranch Classic, will be onsite to provide neutral support for racers with last minute mechanical issues.
The race will include an after party at The Dusty Boot in Eagle Ranch with a free keg of beer provided Bud Light. Prizes also will be presented after the race to the top three finishers of each category, as well as a raffle prize drawing featuring products from race sponsors, area merchants and national companies. Participants are asked to park at the after party location in the Eagle Ranch Business District and ride to the start as parking is extremely limited at the trailhead. If participants drive to the start, they will need to park on 4th of July Road as directed by VRD staff. Arroyo Road will be closed to all vehicle traffic between 4th of July Road and Haystacker Road from 4 to 8 p.m.

The 2013 VRD Mountain Bike Series will mark the series' 30th Anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the VRD has partnered with Primal Custom Cycling Apparel to offer a commemorative cycling jersey, which is now available for order. Available in unisex sizing, jerseys ordered prior to June 1 will cost just $45 each and jerseys ordered on or after June 1 will cost $55. For each jersey ordered, the VRD will make a $5 donation to Hardscrabble Trails Coalition, Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association or The Cycle Effect, based on the purchaser's preference. Download the jersey order form by clicking here.
The race series will continue throughout the summer with the Berry Creek Bash on June 12 in Edwards, the Vail Grind on June 26 on Vail Mountain, the Davos Dash on July 17 in West Vail, the Boneyard Brawl on July 31 in Eagle, the Camp Hale Hup on Aug. 14 at Camp Hale near Red Cliff and finish with the Beaver Creek Blast on Aug. 28 in Beaver Creek.  
In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Summit Ford and Vail Valley Medical Center, sponsors of the 2013 races include First Bank, The Dusty Boot, The Steadman Phillipon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, Primalwear, New York Life, Drift Innovation, Central Rockies Mortgage, Apex Dental, Bud Light, Vail, Beaver Creek, POC, Vail Honeywagon, Optic Nerve, Avon Liquor, Honeystinger and KZYR The Zephyr. The 2013 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KIDsport. Photos of the 2013 race series will be taken by Scott McClarrinon and available online at www.mcclarrinonphotography.com.   
Registration, course information and start times are available by clicking here or calling 970-479-2280. For information on all other VRD programs and activities, click here or call 479-2279.
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The VRD is an equal service provider and operates under special permission from the White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management.


Beth Pappas Sports Event & Sponsorship Manager, 479-2280 ext. 2009
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