New Belgium Brewing Company Joins As Beverage Partner
The Vail Recreation District's Athletic Club at the Westin Vail, Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series will return for its for the 31st 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 21 in Eagle on a new race course. Preregistration for individual races and the entire series is currently underway for all experience levels by clicking here.

The 2014 series dates are as follows:
May 21
New Course! Battle at Bellyache
Point-to-point race that features riding up portions of Bellyache Road, the Boneyard, descending down Fire and Ice and, depending on race category, portions of the new Haymaker trail. Adults start in the Bluffs Neighborhood and end at Eagle Ice Arena. Youth racers will start and finish at the Eagle Ice Arena.
June 4
Berry Creek Bash, Edwards
June 18
Camp Hale Hup, South of Red Cliff
July 9
Vail Grind, Lionshead in Vail
July 23
Eagle Ranch Classic, Eagle Ranch Neighborhood in Eagle
New Course Additions! Racers in the select categories to be determined will also race on portions of Riddle and The Wall as part of the race.
Aug. 13
Davos Dash, Behind the Holiday Inn in West Vail
Aug. 27
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 200 area youth, ages eight to 18, racing on many of the same trails as the expert and professional riders.
"We're thrilled to announce New Belgium Brewing as our official beverage partner this summer, giving racers another reason to hit the finish line faster than ever," said Beth Pappas, VRD sports events manager and mountain bike series race director. "Last year we celebrated 30 years with an epic summer of racing. We're excited to move into our 31st year and create more memories for our racing community and spectators, while celebrating our continued partnerships with the Athletic Club at the Westin and East West Resorts to name a few."
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 8-18) 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. Raffle prize drawings will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Summit Ford, New Belgium Brewing Company, The Dusty Boot and Howard Head Sports Medicine, sponsors of the 2014 races include FirstBank of Vail, The Steadman Phillipon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, New York Life/Ryan Van Ness, Central Rockies Mortgage, Apex Dental, Vail, Beaver Creek, POC, Vail Honeywagon, Optic Nerve, Outdoor Tech, Avon Liquor, Yellowbelly Chicken, KZYR The Zephyr and KSKE Colorado's Ski Country. The 2014 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KidSPORT. Photos of the 2013 race series were taken by Scott McClarrinon and are available online at www.mcclarrinonphotography.com.
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.


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