The Vail Recreation District is gearing up for the East West Destination Hospitality Mountain Bike Race Series presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which kicks off the summer season of racing on Wednesday, May 31. The series features seven cross-country races at locations around Eagle County, taking place on Wednesdays throughout the summer.
The first race in the series is the Eagle Ranch Classic on May 31. Racers will enjoy a variety of double and single track with distances ranging from 3.5 miles for younger riders and beginners, to 12.6 miles for more experienced riders. The series will continue through August, with over 1,750 riders of all ages and ability levels competing for a total of $5,200 in cash and $30,000 in prizes.

Highlights for the 2017 racing season include 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. Additionally, the Minturn Mini Back to School Bash on August 30 builds on the success of the Larkburger Youth MTB Race Series, which had over 300 kids racing in 2016. Families can enjoy a kid-specific season finale race and celebration in the Town of Minturn.

The following are the dates and locations of the Mountain Bike Race Series. Details for individual events can be found at www.vailrec.com.

May 31: Eagle Ranch Classic
June 14: Berry Creek Bash
June 28: Battle at Bellyache
July 12: Lost Lake (adults only)
July 26: Camp Hale
Aug. 2: Davos Dash
Aug. 23: Beaver Creek Blast
Aug. 30: Minturn Mini Kids Race

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.
In addition to racing as an individual, racers may also participate in teams. Teams may have up to 25 people and the top 20 riders will score points at each race. All racers must still sign up individually at www.vailrec.com/register. Teams must also complete a written form and email it to sports@vailrec.com, fax to 970-479-2281 or mail to: VRD Sports, 700 South Frontage Road East, Vail, CO 81657.

If one individual or a sponsor will be paying for the team, VRD staff will issue codes that allow team members to sign up online without paying (if the team members are paying for themselves, no code is required). Contact VRD Sports at sports@vailrec.com or 970-479-2280 with questions.
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 all 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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