Registration is Underway at www.vailrec.com

(Vail) - The 2009 Vail Recreation District's (VRD) Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series will get underway May 27 with the return of the Hammer in the Hay held at 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott. Pre-registration for individual races and the entire series is currently underway for all experience levels, ages eight and older. The six-race series dates are as follows:
May 27:            Hammer in the Hay, 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott
June 10:          Eagle Ranch Classic, Eagle Ranch, 4th of July, trailhead                   
June 17:          Berry Creek Bash, U.S. Forest Service road in Edwards
July 8:               Vail Grind, Gold Peak base area on Vail Mountain
July 22:            Mike Janelle Memorial Race, Davos Dash, Holiday Inn in West Vail
Aug. 5:              Beaver Creek Blast, Centennial chairlift at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain
Last year, the mountain bike race series experienced an increase in ridership with more than 1,500 racers competing for $5,200 in cash and $30,000 in prizes. The Adventure Ridge Youth Mountain Bike series also experienced a 100 percent increase in participation with more than 130 youth racing on many of the same trails as the expert and professional riders.
VRD Sports Coordinator and the new mountain bike race series director, Beth Pappas, says she is looking forward to this year's series. "Every year we strive to produce a competitive, but fun event that riders of all ages and ability levels can enjoy," says Pappas. "This year, we hope to see even more participation from the community."
Individual race costs are $25 for pre-registration or $35 on race-day. Racers also can register for the entire race series for $125 by May 24. Teams of up to 15 riders can compete for the overall series title as well. Prizes will be presented to the top three finishers of each category at each race, with series prizes awarded to the top three finishers who compete in at least five events. Raffle prize drawings also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
Race series sponsors are currently being sought and will receive mention in race series collateral, advertisements, news releases and on end-of-series prizes. Sponsors of the 2009 races include Vail Resorts, Inc., Beaver Creek Resort, Adventure Ridge, Bud Light, FirstBank of Vail, Plum TV, East West Resorts, Orage, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Street Swell, Rocky Mountain Reprographics, AAA Mini Storage, Arrigoni Woods, Vail Valley Ear, Nose and Throat Group, Vail Valley Foundation and Steadman Hawkins.
This summer's series marks the 26th anniversary of mountain bike racing in the Vail Valley. New this year, the VRD will offer instant updates and news at www.twitter.com/vrdmtnbikeraces. Riders are encouraged to follow the Twitter site for schedule changes due to inclement weather, after-party information and reminders of race-day action. The VRD also offers Facebook users an opportunity to follow the VRD race series on its Facebook page by joining the VRD Mountain Bike Race Series group. Photography will be taken by Scott McClarrinon once again this summer and be posted within a few days of the race. 2008 race series photos are also available.
The race series is a VRD program and the VRD is an equal service provider operating under special permission from the White River National Forest.
Registration, course information and start times are available by clicking here. For more information on the race series and other VRD sports, click here or call Pappas at 479-2280. For information on all other VRD programs and activities, visit www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2279.  


Contact:          Beth Pappas, 479-2280                      Joel Rabinowitz, 479-2280
                      VRD Sports Coordinator                      VRD Sports Director

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