The Vail Recreation District's Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series continues Wednesday featuring the Vail Grind. Rescheduled due to inclement weather last week, the Vail Grind will unveil a new start and finish area, longer courses for all categories, plus new single track racing for the Pro, Expert and Single Speed categories. Competitors will enjoy a variety of double and single track throughout the race featuring distances from 2.2 miles for younger riders to 14.8 miles for more experienced riders. This is the fourth race of the seven race series, which is presented by the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Summit Ford and The Dusty Boot.
All registrations from last week's Vail Grind race will be rolled over for this week. Individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race-day. Registration is available by going to www.vailrec.com/sports/mountain-bike-racing/mtb-race-series. Preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow and day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m. All races will start and finish under Gondola One in Vail Village, just east of Mountain Plaza where the Berry Picker Trail ends.
The Larkburger Youth Series, for ages eight to 17, will begin at 4:45 p.m. Youth racers will compete on a 1.1 mile loop climbing Windisch Way, heading to the base of Golden Peak, racing by Race City and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, up to the skier tunnel, crossing Henry's Hill by the top of Chair 12, ride towards Windisch Way, up Windisch to the Berry Picker Trail and taking Berry Picker to the finish. Ages eight to 10 will ride two loops for 2.2 miles and ages 11 to 17 will ride four loops for a total of 4.4 miles.
Following the youth races, the Athletic Club at the Westin adult series will kickoff at 5:45 p.m. with details as follows:
  • Men's Sport will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by Men's Vet Sport at 5:46 p.m., Men's Master Sport, Clydesdale and Legends at 5:47 p.m. and Women's Sport, Vet Sport and Master's Sport at 5:48 p.m. These categories will race one sport loop for 9.5 miles and climb Windisch Way, merging onto Mill Creek Rd. and onto Liondown/Post Rd. From there, racers will climb Liondown to the Big Mamba single track entrance above Chair 8, descend down Big Mamba and Hanks Hideaway. At the bottom of Hank's, racers will cross the service road and go to Blue Hanks, also known as Powerline, turn left, ride down Simba, onto Mountain Rd., up Liondown to Mill Creek Rd., turn right on Mill Creek for a short climb to Bailey's single track and descend down Windisch to the Berry Picker Trail and onto to the finish.
  • Men's Beginners and Juniors will take off at 5:49 p.m., followed by Women Beginners at 5:50 p.m. and race a 5.5 mile loop that will follow the sport category loop to Hanks Hideway. Racers will descend onto Hanks where they will also ride onto Blue Hanks, down Simba, onto Mountain Rd., Liondown to Mill Creek Rd. to Bailey's and down Windisch Way to the Berry Picker trail and to the finish.
  • Men's Pro, Expert and Vet Expert will begin at 6 p.m., followed by Men's Single Speed and Expert Masters at 6:01 p.m., Women's Pro and Expert at 6:02 p.m. and Women's Vet Expert and Single Speed at 6:03 p.m. These categories will follow the sport category loop for the first half of the climb. The Pros, Experts and Single Speeders will pass the sport cutoff and continue climbing up Liondown turning left onto Lucy's and riding to Mid-Vail and onto Fred's Lunch for a fast fun descent. At the end of Fred's lunch, racers will turn left climbing up Cub's Way to the Big Mamba intersection. They will then descend down Big Mamba to Hanks Hideway and continue following the same course of the sport and beginner categories for a total of 14.8 miles.  
The race will include an after party at the Altitude Bar and Grill in the Evergreen Lodge with a free keg of beer provided by New Belgium Brewery. Prizes also will 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. Venture Sports, the official bike shop of the Vail Grind, will be onsite to provide neutral support for racers with last minute mechanical issues.   
Three races remain in the series, which will continue on July 22 featuring the new Son of Middle Creek Circuit in Vail. This will be followed by the kid's only Boneyard Brawl in Eagle on July 29. All racers will head back to Vail on Aug. 12 for the Davos Dash and then the series will finish with the Beaver Creek Blast on Aug. 27 in Beaver Creek.  
In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Summit Ford and The Dusty Boot, sponsors of the 2015 race series include Vail Valley Medical Center, Town of Eagle, The Steadman Philippon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, Central Rockies Mortgage, Vail, Beaver Creek, Apex Dental, New Belgium Brewing Company, POC, Avon Liquor, Optic Nerve, Outdoor Tech, Yeti's Grind, Yellowbelly, Honeystinger, Vail Honeywagon, Venture Sports, The Kind Bikes and Skis, Mountain Pedaler, Pedal Power and KZYR 97.7. The 2015 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KidSPORT. Photos will be available on the VRD's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vailrecdistrict, plus feature photos by Linda Guerrette at www.lindaguerrettephotography.com.
Registration, course information and start times are available by visiting www.vailrec.com/sports/mountain-bike-racing/mtb-race-series or calling 970-479-2280. For information on all other VRD programs and activities, visit www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2279.  


Beth Pappas, Sports Event & Sponsorship Manager    
479-2280 ext. 2009                     
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