04/09/2015
The Vail Recreation District's Spring MTB Short Track Series will kickoff this year's mountain bike race season in the Vail Valley beginning April 29. This is the fifth season for the short track series, which will feature three races leading up to the seven race Athletic Club at the Westin Vail, Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series.
 
The Spring MTB Short Track Series will begin April 29 at 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott, followed by a race on May 6 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The race series will conclude May 13 at Maloit Park in Minturn. Races are held on Wednesdays and will begin at 5:15 p.m. featuring ages six to nine, then 5:30 p.m. for ages 10 to 14, 5:45 p.m. for beginners, 6:15 p.m. for sport racers and 6:45 p.m. for experts. Registration costs are $15 per race or $35 for the entire series for adults and $7 per race or $15 for the entire series for youth. Following each race, racers will enjoy an after party that will include a raffle prize drawing and free beer for adult racers. There will be no individual category prizes or series points for these events.

During the short track races, racers will compete on a short, dirt loop, with racers completing as many laps as possible in the allotted time. Youth riders will race for 10 minutes and adult racers will compete for 20 minutes. An average lap will take approximately two minutes to complete.  

According to VRD race director Beth Pappas, the Spring MTB Short Track Series offers mountain bikers an opportunity to get ready for cross country mountain bike racing, which will begin May 27. Short track races also are a great opportunity for younger riders to get a feel of what racing is like. "The short track series offers racers a fun, adrenaline pumping way to get back in biking and racing shape after a long winter," said Pappas. "It's great for younger athletes and beginner racers to race shorter, less challenging courses. Overall, it's great preparation for our Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Series."  
 
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, The Steadman Clinic/Steadman Philippon Research Institute, Apex Dental, Central Rockies Mortgage, Larkburger, Avon Liquor, New Belgium Brewing and Vail Honeywagon.    
 
Preregistration for the Spring MTB Short Track Series is available by clicking here . Race details on the Athletic Club at the Westin Vail, Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Series will be announced soon. Click here for more information, or call 970-479-2280. Go to www.vailrec.com for details on all other programs.  

 
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