06/09/2017
The Vail Recreation District's East West Destination Hospitality Mountain Bike Race Series presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will continue the summer season of racing on Wednesday, June 14 with the Berry Creek Bash in Edwards. The Berry Creek Bash is the second race of the seven-race series, and is presented by 808 Distillery. 
 
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 is available online and preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. the Tuesday before each race. Day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m. on race day for the first wave, and 6:30 p.m. for the second wave. All racers are welcome and racers do not need to be registered for the full series to participate in individual races.
 
The races will begin at the Berry Creek trailhead at 4:45 p.m. with the KidSport Youth Series for riders ages 8 to 17. Younger racers will complete the two-mile short course, while the older, more experienced racers will complete the 3.6-mile long course. Pro and Expert adults will start at 5:45 p.m. and Sport and Beginner adults will race at 6:45 p.m. There is no parking at the race start, and limited parking at the east side of the Edwards Medical Pavilion will be reserved for parents and youth racers. Adult racers and spectators may park at the Edwards truck stop, Colorado Mountain College or the after-party location at e|town restaurant and ride to the start. Racers parking at the Shaw Cancer Center or in the Berry Creek neighborhood will be ticketed and/or towed.
 
KIDSPORT YOUTH SERIES:
4:45 p.m.   Boys Sport 11-14, Boys Beginner 15-16  1 long lap, 3.6 miles
4:45:30 p.m.  Girls Sport 11-14, Girls Beginner 15-16  1 long lap, 3.6 miles
4:46 p.m.  Boys Beginner 11-14, Boys Sport 8-10  1 short lap, 2 miles
4:46:30 p.m.  Girls Beginner 11-14, Girls Sport 8-10  1 short lap, 2 miles
4:47 p.m.     Boys Beginner 8-10  1 short lap, 2 miles
4:47:30 p.m.  Girls Beginner 8-10  1 short lap, 2 miles
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EAST WEST DESTINATION HOSPITALITY ADULT SERIES:
5:45p.m. Men's Pro/Open, Men's Expert 3 long laps, 10.8 miles
5:46p.m. Men's Vet Sport (35+), Men's Single Speed 3 long laps, 10.8 miles
5:47p.m. Women's Pro/Open, Men's Master Expert (45+) 3 long laps, 10.8 miles
5:48p.m. Women's Expert, Women's Vet Ex (35+), Women's Master Ex (45+) 1 short, 2 long, 9.2 miles
     
6:45p.m. Men's Sport 18 & Under 2 long laps, 7.2 miles
6:36p.m. Men's Sport 2 long laps, 7.2 miles
6:47p.m. Men's Vet Sport (35+) 2 long laps, 7.2 miles
6:48p.m.  Men's Master Sport (45+) 2 long laps, 7.2 miles
6:49p.m. Men's Grand Masters (50+), Clydesdales 2 long laps, 7.2 miles
6:50p.m. Women's Sport 18 & Under, Women's Sport 2 long laps, 7.2 miles
6:51p.m. Women's Vet Sport (35+), Women's Master Sport (45+) 2 long laps, 7.2 miles
6:52p.m. Men's Beginner 1 long lap, 3.6 miles
6:53p.m. Women's Beginner 1 long lap, 3.6 miles

The race will include an after-party at e|town restaurant with a free keg of beer provided by New Belgium Brewery and 808 Distillery will have drink specials for those 21 and over. Prizes will also be presented after the race to the top three finishers of each category, as well as a raffle prize drawing featuring products from race sponsors, area merchants and national companies. The Kind, the official bike shop of the Berry Creek Bash, will be on-site to provide neutral support for racers with last-minute mechanical issues
 
The race series will continue on June 28 with the Battle at Bellyache in Eagle. 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, Avon Liquor, Outdoor Tech, Sweet Protection, 808 Distillery, Maxxis Tires, Altitude Bar & Grill, Vail Honeywagon, the Town of Minturn and the Town of Eagle. 
 
For more information on all VRD sports offerings, go to www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2280.
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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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