07/08/2015
The Vail Recreation District's Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series continues Wednesday featuring the Vail Grind. This year's Vail Grind will unveil a new start and finish area, longer courses for all categories, plus new single track racing for the Pro, Expert and Single Speed categories. Competitors will enjoy a variety of double and single track throughout the race featuring distances from 2.2 miles for younger riders to 14.8 miles for more experienced riders. This is the fourth race of the seven race series, which is presented by the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Summit Ford and The Dusty Boot
 
The Course
All races will start and finish under Gondola One in Vail Village, just east of Mountain Plaza where the Berry Picker Trail ends.

Larkburger Youth Series  | Kid's Map
Youth racers, ages eight to 17, will compete on a 1.1 mile loop climbing Windisch Way, heading to the base of Golden Peak, racing by Race City and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, up to the skier tunnel, crossing Henry's Hill by the top of chair 12, ride towards Windisch Way, up Windisch to the Berry Picker Trail and taking Berry Picker to the finish. Ages eight to 10 will ride two loops for 2.2 miles and ages 11 to 17 will ride four loops for a total of 4.4 miles.   
 
Athletic Club at the Westin Adult Series
Sport Map  | Beginner/Junior Map  |  Expert/Pro Map
  • Sport categories will race one sport loop for 9.5 miles and climb Windisch Way, merging onto Mill Creek Rd. and onto Liondown/Post Rd. From there, racers will climb Liondown to the Big Mamba single track entrance above Chair 8, descend down Big Mamba and Hanks Hideaway. At the bottom of Hank's, racers will cross the service road and go to Blue Hanks, also known as Powerline, turn left, ride down Simba, onto Mountain Rd., up Liondown to Mill Creek Rd., turn right on Mill Creek for a short climb to Bailey's single track and descend down Windisch to the Berry Picker Trail and onto to the finish.
  • Men's Beginners and Juniors will follow the sport category loop to Hanks Hideway. Racers will descend onto Hanks where they will also ride onto Blue Hanks, down Simba, onto Mountain Rd., Liondown to Mill Creek Rd. to Bailey's and down Windisch Way to the Berry Picker trail and to the finish.
  • Men's Pro, Expert and Vet Expert will follow the sport category loop for the first half of the climb. The Pros, Experts and Single Speeders will pass the sport cutoff and continue climbing up Liondown turning left onto Lucy's and riding to Mid-Vail and onto Fred's Lunch for a fast fun descent. At the end of Fred's lunch, racers will turn left climbing up Cub's Way to the Big Mamba intersection. They will then descend down Big Mamba to Hanks Hideway and continue following the same course of the sport and beginner categories for a total of 14.8 miles.  

Registration
Individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race-day. Preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. today (7-8) and day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m. Registration is available by clicking here. ALL racers must fill out a Vail Mountain waiver prior to racing.   
 
Parking
Parking is available in the Vail Village parking structure. REMINDER, for those with bikes on top of their vehicles, use caution when entering the structures.
 
Inclement Weather Updates
In the event of inclement weather and/or dangerous trail conditions, the VRD will do its best to update its VRD Facebook page and website with the most current information should the race be postponed or rescheduled. According to weather.com, there is a strong chance for thunderstorms in the area for Wednesday evening.

After Party  
The race will include an after party at the Altitude Club Bar and Grill in the Evergreen Lodge with a free keg of beer provided New Belgium Brewing Company for those 21 and older. Prizes will presented to the top three finishers of each category after each race, with series prizes awarded to the top finishers in each category at the end of the final race of the season. Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.

Official Bike Shop
Venture Sports, the official shop of the Vail Grind, will be onsite to provide neutral support for racers with last minute mechanical issues.

Sponsors
In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Summit Ford and The Dusty Boot, sponsors of the 2015 race series include Vail Valley Medical Center, Town of Eagle, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, Central Rockies Mortgage, Vail, Beaver Creek, Apex Dental, New Belgium Brewing Company, POC, Avon Liquor, Optic Nerve, Outdoor Tech, Yeti's Grind, Yellowbelly, Honeystinger, Vail Honeywagon, Venture Sports, The Kind Bikes and Skis, Mountain Pedaler, Pedal Power and KZYR 97.7. The 2015 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KidSPORT.

Contact(s)

VRD Sports | 970-479-2280 | sportsgroup@vailrec.com  | www.vailrec.com
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