05/26/2017
The Vail Recreation District's East West Destination Hospitality Mountain Bike Race Series presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will kick off its summer season of racing with the Eagle Ranch Classic on Wednesday, May 31. The Eagle Ranch Classic is presented by the Town of Eagle and Outdoor Tech.??
 
During the race, riders will enjoy a variety of double and single track with distances ranging from 3.5 miles for younger riders to 12.6 miles for more experienced riders. This is the first race of the seven-part series, which features cross-country races at locations around Eagle County, taking place on Wednesdays throughout the summer.??
 
Individual race costs are $26 for preregistration or $37 on race day. Youth (16 and under) costs are $10 for preregistration or $15 on race day. Registration for the whole series costs $170 for adults. Series registration for youth riders is $60. Registration is available online and preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. the Tuesday before each race. Day-of registration will end at 6:30 p.m. on race day.
 
Due to construction and revegetation efforts at the start area, all adult racers will do a start loop on the bike path and Arroyo Drive (only once) at the beginning of the race to allow riders the opportunity to spread out before the single track. ??
 
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 Drive will be closed to all vehicle traffic between 4th of July Road and Haystacker Drive from 4 to 8 p.m.??
 
The races will begin at 4:45 p.m. with the Larkburger Youth Series for riders ages 8 to 17. Youth racers will compete on the 3.5 mile traditional Eagle Ranch Classic short loop. The East West Destination Hospitality adult series will kick off at 5:45 p.m. with details as follows:
 
Click here to view race course map
 
5:45 p.m. Men's Sport 18 & Under 1 Short Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 10.7 Miles
5:46 p.m. Men's Sport 1 Short Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 10.7 Miles
5:47 p.m. Men's Vet Sport (35+) 1 Short Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 10.7 Miles
5:48 p.m. Men's Master Sport (45+) 1 Short Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 10.7 Miles
5:49 p.m. Men's Grand Masters (50+), Clydesdales 1 Short Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 10.7 Miles
5:50 p.m. Women's Sport 18 & Under, Women's Sport  1 Short Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 10.7 Miles
5:51 p.m. Women's Vet Sport (34+), Women's Master Sport (45+)  1 Short Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 10.7 Miles
5:52 p.m. Men's Beginner 2 Short Loops = 7 Miles
5:53 p.m. Women's Beginner 2 Short Loops = 7 Miles
6:45 p.m. Men's Pro/Open, Men's Expert  1 Short Loop, 1 Bailey Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 12.6 Miles
6:46 p.m. Men's Vet Expert (35+), Men's Single Speed 1 Short Loop, 1 Bailey Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 12.6 Miles
6:47 p.m. Women's Pro/Open, Men's Master Expert (45+) 1 Short Loop, 1 Bailey Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 12.6 Miles
6:48 p.m. Women's Expert, Women's Vet Expert (35+), Women's Master Expert (45+), Women's Single Speed 1 Short Loop, 1 Bailey Loop, 1 Wall/Riddle Loop = 12.6 Miles

The race will include an after-party at The Dusty Boot in Eagle Ranch with a free keg of beer provided by New Belgium Brewery for those 21 and over. Prizes will be presented at the after-party to the top three finishers of each category, with all podium prizes for this race provided by Outdoor Tech. There will also be a raffle prize drawing featuring products from race sponsors, area merchants and national companies.?
 
The race series will continue June 14 featuring the Berry Creek Bash. The competition will then return to Eagle on June 28 for the Battle at Bellyache. July 12 marks the return of the Lost Lake Loop, an adults-only course that the VRD has not had access to in almost a decade due to logging operations. The series then takes racers to the historic Camp Hale Hup course on July 26 before returning to Vail on Aug. 2 for the challenging Davos Dash. The Beaver Creek Blast follows on Aug. 23, and the series wraps up on Aug. 30 with the Minturn Mini Back to School Bash, showcasing younger riders with a kid-specific season finale race and celebration in the Town of Minturn. ??
 
The VRD's Mountain Bike Race Series is brought to you by title sponsor East West Destination Hospitality and presenting sponsors The Athletic Club at the Westin and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Thanks to our additional sponsors The Dusty Boot, Howard Head Sports Medicine, New Belgium Brewing Company, Central Rockies Mortgage, Apex Dental, The Steadman Clinic, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, KidSport, Larkburger, Avon Liquor, Outdoor Tech, 808 Distillery, Maxxis Tires, Altitude Bar & Grill, Vail Honeywagon, the Town of Minturn and the Town of Eagle.??
 
For more information on races and other VRD sports offerings, visit www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2280.
 
About the Vail Recreation District
The Vail Recreation District's mission is to offer diverse and exceptional recreation opportunities that enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of all its residents and guests. The VRD aims to help Vail Valley residents and visitors pursue their recreational passions by providing the following outlets for competition in summer and winter via a running and a mountain bike race series, numerous tournaments and/or leagues for hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, flag football, broomball, figure skating and rugby; venues like Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Golf Club, Vail Nordic Center, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail Nature Center, Vail Skatepark, Vail Tennis Center, Community Programming, Vail's Imagination Station and use of additional gyms, playing fields and the surrounding White River National Forest via collaboration with local entities; sports classes and camps for youth, adults and families; and opportunities to learn about and appreciate our Rocky Mountain environment through guided activities, classes and camps.
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