05/27/2015
The Vail Recreation District and Larkburger will host a youth mountain bike race series kickoff party from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at Larkburger in Edwards. The gathering will offer an opportunity for the VRD's youth mountain bike racers to pick up their race number plate and a free "Burger on Us" card from Larkburger. The VRD's Athletic Club at the Westin Vail Mountain Bike Race Series and Larkburger Youth Mountain Bike Race Series begins Wednesday, May 27 in Eagle.
 
During the kickoff party, youth racers also will have an opportunity to meet with some of Vail's top professional mountain bike racers and ask questions about the upcoming race season.  Professional mountain bike racer Jay Henry, who leads out the youth racers during the seven race series, says he's excited to meet Vail's youth and help grow mountain bike racing in the Vail Valley. "It's really amazing to see the amount of talent and passion in the kids who race in the series," said Henry. "I got my start racing in the town series and I guarantee we will see these kids grow into incredible mountain bikers."
 
This summer's series will feature a new kid's only race on July 29 where youth racers will battle it out on the existing Boneyard Brawl youth race course. Adults won't be allowed to race, but are encouraged to come out and cheer on the next the generation of mountain bike racers. Youth races begin at 4:45 p.m. on most race days. The 2015 youth race series schedule is 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 29
Kids' Only Boneyard Brawl, Eagle

Aug. 12
Davos Dash, Behind the Holiday Inn in West Vail

Aug. 26
Beaver Creek Blast, Centennial Chairlift in Beaver Creek
                       
The Larkburger Youth Series, presented by KidSPORT, is for ages 8-18 and costs are $60 for the entire series, $10 for preregistered individual races and $15 on race-day. Registration is available at www.vailrec.com/sports/mountain-bike-racing and at Larkburger on May 26. 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.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. Raffle prize drawings will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
 
Larkburger has partnered with the VRD the past five years to support the youth mountain bike race series. "Sponsoring the Youth Mountain Bike Series with the Vail Rec District has been a highlight of our summer for the past five years," says CEO and Co-Founder Adam Baker, "It gives me such joy to see these kids getting outside on their mountain bikes and working up their appetite; we are so lucky to call the Vail Valley home for all of the recreational enjoyment it provides us."
 
The 2015 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KidSPORT. The VRD's summer mountain bike race series is sponsored by the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Summit Ford, The Dusty Boot, 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, visit www.vailrec.com or call 970-479-2279

Contact(s)

Beth Pappas, VRD Sports Event & Sponsorship Manager
970-479-2280 ext. 7009
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