04/20/2015
The Vail Recreation District's Athletic Club at the Westin Vail, Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Town Series will return for its for the 32nd year this summer in late May. The schedule is set and will offer racers ages eight and older an action-packed summer featuring seven races throughout the Vail Valley beginning on May 27. This summer's series will feature a new circuit race for adults on the Son of Middle Creek trail in Vail, a kid's only race on the Boneyard trail in Eagle and a new Women's Master Sport category for those ages 45 and older. Preregistration for individual races and the entire series is currently underway for all experience levels.   
 
The 2015 series dates are as follows:
May 27 - Eagle Ranch Classic, Eagle
June 10 - Berry Creek Bash, Edwards
June 24 - Battle at Bellyache, Eagle
July 8 - Vail Grind, Lionshead in Vail
July 22 - New! Son of Middle Creek Circuit Race
Race will begin on Red Sandstone Rd. and take riders on a steady climb up  to the SOM trailhead where riders will enjoy fast descents and "punchy" climbs before veering onto the North Trail and descending back to Red Sandstone Rd. There will be no youth race or never ever category for this race. The trail is considered intermediate to expert.
July 29 - New! Kids' Only Boneyard Brawl, Eagle
Youth racers will battle it out on the existing Boneyard Brawl youth race course. Adults aren't allowed to race, but are encouraged to come cheer on the future generation of mountain bike racers.
Aug. 12 - Davos Dash, Behind the Holiday Inn in West Vail
Aug. 26 - Beaver Creek Blast, Centennial Chairlift in Beaver Creek

Last year, more than 1,800 mountain bike racers competed for $20,000 in cash and prizes. The Larkburger Youth Mountain Bike Series also continued to grow with more than 225 area youth, ages eight to 18, racing on many of the same trails as the expert and professional riders.
 
"We're thrilled to offer a new course for our adult racers and the first ever kids' only race," said Beth Pappas, VRD sports events manager and mountain bike series race director. "It's fun to be able to mix things up for our participants to keep the series fresh and exciting."
 
Individual adult race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race day. Racers also can register for the entire race series for $150 by May 12 or $165 after May 12. Teams of up to 25 riders can compete for the overall series title as well. Larkburger Youth Series (ages eight to 18) costs are $60 for the entire series or $10 for individual races ahead of time and $15 on race-day. Registration is available by clicking here. Prizes will be presented to the top three finishers of each category after each race, with series prizes awarded to the top finishers in each category at the end of the final race of the season. Also new this year, youth racers will collect points over the summer and the champions will be recognized after the final race of the season. Raffle prize drawings will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
 
Each after party will include a free beer for those 21 and older from New Belgium Brewing Company, the official beverage partner of the 2015 mountain bike town series. During the end of season party on Aug. 26, New Belgium will provide a classic New Belgium cruiser bike as part of the final raffle drawing.  
 
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, Yellowbelly, Honeystinger, 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.
 
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.
 
 
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