(Vail)--The longest-running mountain bike race in the area, Davos Dash, might be a nail-biter, according to the Vail Recreation District (VRD). The race, held at 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. tomorrow (6-6) on Davos Road for bicyclists 8 years and older, is a 3.5 mile grind that's virtually straight uphill, starting at the Holiday Inn in West Vail. The current record holder, Jay Henry, hinted that the record may be up for grabs this year.
The competition in the pro category is tough, according to Henry, who snagged the race record during the 2009 Davos Dash with an impressive time of 16 minutes and 45 seconds. "I think it is very possible that someone breaks the record this year," said Henry. "With so many great athletes racing this week, there are a number of people who could set a new record."
|Pro mountain biker Jay Henry broke the Davos Dash record in 2009|
The record for female pro mountain bike racers has been defended since 2005 by Lisa Isom for her time of 20 minutes and 20 seconds. "When I set the record I was super-fit but not a very technical rider so Davos was my favorite race," said Isom. "As I get older I prefer longer races but I still daydream about breaking 20 minutes someday. I won't break the record this year unless the VRD creates a new category. This year I plan to be on a tandem with KZYR's Steve Leigh."
Tomorrow's Davos Dash is the fourth in a series of seven in the Riverfront Club at the Westin (RFC) Mountain Bike Race Series presented by East West Resorts. The race will include an after party at the Bear Fish Grill in West Vail with with a free keg of beer for participants provided Bud Light. Prizes will be presented 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.
There is no parking at the Holiday Inn where the race starts. Instead, racers are asked to park in the nearby Safeway parking lot. The race will take place rain or shine, but in the event of lightning, the race will be postponed until Wednesday, July 13 for the safety of the race crew and participants. Racers can check the VRD's Facebook page for weather updates if necessary.
|The female Davos Dash record is held by Lisa Isom for 2005.|
The next race in the RFC mountain bike series is the classic Vail Grind on July 20 on Vail Mountain, followed by the Boneyard Brawl on Aug. 3, which is returning for its second summer, in Eagle. Then on Aug. 17, racers will conclude the race season with the Beaver Creek Blast in Beaver Creek.
In addition to the Riverfront Club at the Westin and East West Resorts, sponsors of the 2011 races include The Dusty Boot, Technovia Consulting, FirstBank of Vail, Optic Nerve, Aberle Investment Management, Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort Company, Terry Bicycling Company, KZYR 97.7, Plum TV,Vail Daily, Bud Light, Endura, Hestra Gloves, Vail Honeywagon, Outdoor Technology, Rocky Mountain Reprographics, Bamboo Bottle Company, Camelbak, Back Bowl and Steadman Clinic. The 2011 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KidSPORT. Photos of the 2011 race series will be taken by Scott McClarrinon and available by clicking here.
Registration, course information and start times are available by clicking here or calling 970-479-2280. For information on all other VRD programs and activities, click here or call 970-479-2279.
Beth Pappas, 479-2280 ext. 2009
Sports Event & Sponsorship Manager