Race Schedule Announced; Dirty 30 Commemorative Jerseys Now Available for Pre-Order
(Vail) - The Vail Recreation District's Athletic Club at the Westin Vail, Beaver Creek Mountain Bike Race Series will return for its 30th Anniversary season this month. 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 29 in Eagle and concluding Aug. 28 in Beaver Creek. Preregistration for individual races and the entire series is currently underway for all experience levels, ages eight and older, by clicking here.
The 2013 series dates are as follows:
  • May 29 - Eagle Ranch Classic, 4th of July Road, Eagle Ranch Neighborhood in Eagle
  • June 12 - Berry Creek Bash, Berry Creek in Edwards
  • June 26 - Vail Grind, LionsHead on Vail Mountain
  • July 17 - Davos Dash, Behind the Holiday Inn in West Vail
  • July 31 - Boneyard Brawl, The Bluffs Neighborhood in Eagle
  • Aug. 14 - Camp Hale Hup, Camp Hale Near Red Cliff
  • Aug. 28 - 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 celebrate the 30th anniversary of the mountain bike series in Vail," said Beth Pappas, VRD sports events manager and mountain bike series race director. "It's a huge milestone for us and we're looking forward to another awesome race season."
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 20 or $165 after May 20. 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 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 also will be held at each race awards ceremony featuring products from area merchants and national companies.
The 2013 VRD Mountain Bike Series will mark the series' 30th Anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the VRD has partnered with Primal Custom Cycling Apparel to offer a commemorative cycling jersey, which is now available for order. Available in unisex sizing, jerseys ordered prior to June 1 will cost just $45 each and jerseys ordered on or after June 1 will cost $55. For each jersey ordered, the VRD will make a $5 donation to Hardscrabble Trails Coalition, Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association or The Cycle Effect, based on the purchaser's preference. Download the jersey order form by clicking here.
In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts, Summit Ford and Vail Valley Medical Center, sponsors of the 2013 races include First Bank, The Dusty Boot, The Steadman Phillipon Research Institute, The Steadman Clinic, Primalwear, New York Life, Drift Innovation, Central Rockies Mortgage, Apex Dental, Bud Light, Vail, Beaver Creek, POC, Vail Honeywagon, Optic Nerve, Avon Liquor, Honeystinger and KZYR The Zephyr. The 2013 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KIDsport. Photos of the 2012 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 479-2279.
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The VRD is an equal service provider and operates under special permission from the White River National Forest and Bureau of Land Management.


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