The Vail Recreation District will kick off its 2015 mountain bike race season this week with its first Spring MTB Short Track race, one of three short track races taking place this spring. The first race will take place at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday (4-29) at 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott and will offer participants up to 20 minutes of intense racing around a short dirt course.
Race-day activities begin at 4:30 p.m. with day-of registration, which will last until 6:30 p.m. The first race of the event begins at 5:15 p.m. for kids ages six to 10, followed by a race at 5:30 p.m. for kids ages 11 to 14. Adult races will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the Beginner Category and continue with the Sport Category at 6:15 p.m. The final race, for cyclists in the Expert Category, will begin at 6:45 p.m. Costs to participate in the races are $7 for kids and $15 for adults. Registration for the entire Spring MTB Short Track Series costs $15 for kids and $35 adults.
The short track races will take place on a short, dirt loop, with adult participants completing as many laps as possible in 20 minutes with an average lap taking approximately two minutes to finish. The length of time for the children's racers is five minutes for ages six to 10 and 10 minutes for ages 11 to 14.

An after party will be held at the 4 Eagle Ranch Grill following the race for all participants and spectators. All racers will have the chance to win raffle prizes and adult racers will receive a free beer from the race series' beverage partner, New Belgium Brewing Company. Unlike this summer's seven-race Athletic Club at the Westin's Vail, Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series, the Spring MTB Short Track Series will not award prizes or points for individual racers or teams.    

Race organizers are watching the weather and will notify participants should the race be canceled due to inclement weather or unridable conditions. Check the VRD's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vailrecdistrict for up-to-date information.

The Spring MTB Short Track race series will continue May 6 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds with an after party at The Dusty Boot. The final short track race will take place May 13 at Maloit Park in Minturn with an after party at Magusto's. All races begin at 5:15 p.m.  

Sponsors of the 2015 Spring MTB Short Track Series include the Athletic Club at the Westin, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, East West Resorts, Summit Ford, The Dusty Boot, Vail Valley Medical Center, The Steadman Clinic/Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Apex Dental, Central Rockies Mortgage, Larkburger, Avon Liquor, New Belgium Brewing and Vail Honeywagon.       
Preregistration for the first MTB Short Track Race as well as information about VRD's action-packed lineup of spring and summer mountain bike activities is available by calling 970-479-2280 or visiting http://www.vailrec.com/sports/mountain-bike-racing. For details on all other VRD programs, click here.


Beth Pappas, VRD Sports Event & Sponsorship Manager 970.479.2280 ext. 7009                     
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