(Vail) - The 2010 Vail Recreation District (VRD) Mountain Bike Race Series will get underway May 26 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, by clicking here. New this summer, the VRD is extending the series to seven races and adding new categories based on participant feedback. The 2010 series dates are as follows:
May 26 Hammer in the Hay, 4 Eagle Ranch near Wolcott
June 9 Eagle Ranch Classic, Eagle Ranch business district in Eagle
June 16 Berry Creek Bash, U.S. Forest Service Road in Edwards
July 7 Davos Dash, Holiday Inn in West Vail
July 22 Vail Grind/Mike Janelle Memorial Race, LionsHead area on Vail Mountain
Aug. 5 New Race. Details to be announced
Aug. 25 Beaver Creek Blast, Centennial chairlift at the base of Beaver Creek
Last year, the mountain bike race series experienced a 14 percent increase in adult riders with over 1,500 racers competing for $5,200 in cash and $30,000 in prizes. The Youth Mountain Bike Series experienced a 41 percent increase in participation with nearly 200 area youth, ages 8 to 14, racing on many of the same trails as the expert and professional riders. This year's series will encourage more participation by offering a women's Single Speed category as well as a Never Ever category designed for bikers who have no previous race experience. The Never Ever category will be offered at a reduced rate of $15 for pre-registration or $25 on race-day and will be available at the Hammer in the Hay, Eagle Ranch Classic and Davos Dash races only. Never Ever participants will not receive team or individual points.
VRD Sports Coordinator and Mountain Bike Series Race Director Beth Pappas is looking forward to this year's series. "We heard from a lot of racers that the series ended too early in the season, so we listened and added a seventh race," said Pappas. "With the addition of that race, along with the creation of the Never Ever category, we hope to give the biking community even more opportunities to participate in the series."
Individual adult race costs are $25 for pre-registration or $35 on race-day. Racers also can register for the entire race series for $150 by May 24. Teams of up to 20 riders can compete for the overall series title as well. Youth Series (ages 8 -14) costs are $60 for the entire series or $10 for individual races ahead of time and $15 on race-day. Registration is available by clicking here. Prizes will presented to the top three finishers of each category at each race, with series prizes awarded to the top finishers in each category at the end of the final race. 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 2010 races include Vail Resorts, Inc., Beaver Creek Resort, Aberle Investment Management, Michelob Ultra, FirstBank of Vail, Plum TV, KZYR, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Outdoor Technology, Rocky Mountain Reprographics, Optic Nerve and Steadman Hawkins. This summer's series marks the 27th anniversary of mountain bike racing in the Vail Valley.
The race series is a Vail Recreation District (VRD) program. The VRD is an equal service provider and operates under special permission from the White River National Forest.
Registration, course information and start times are available by clicking here or calling 970-479-2280.
Beth Jahnigen, 479-2280 Joel Rabinowitz, 479-2280
VRD Sports Coordinator VRD Sports Director