Vail Grind mountain bike race Wednesday |

Vail Grind mountain bike race Wednesday

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Recreation District’s (VRD) Vail Grind Mountain Bike Race is Wednesday on Vail Mountain.

The race will start and finish under the Lionshead Gondola above Forest Road. The course is new this year and will take racers ages 8 and older up Vail Mountain on the Lion Down singletrack and down the newly-completed Hank’s Hideaway trail with distances from 2.5 miles for youth racers to 14.1 miles for the pro and expert racers.

Preregistration is for $25 through 5 p.m. Tuesday Day-of registration is $35 and ends at 5:30 p.m. Races begin at 5 p.m. with the youth category, followed by all adult categories at 5:45 and 6:30 p.m.

The race will include an after-party in Vail Square in LionsHead with live music by Hardscrabble and a free keg of beer for participants. The party is hosted by Centre V, Vail Chophouse, Blue Moose Pizza and Remini.

Blue Moose will be offering participants specials such as $5 slices of pizza with a drink and The Chophouse will be offering its three-course $29 special featuring New York Strip Steak.

There are prizes for the top-three finishers of each category, as well as raffle prize drawing. Vail Bike Tech, the official shop of the Vail Grind race, is offering $20 tune-ups and 20 percent off all parts and accessories at its LionsHead store through Tuesday. Mention VRD. Bike Series to receive the discount.

The race series continues July 22 with the Mike Janelle Memorial Race/Davos Dash. The final race of the series is place Aug. 5 featuring a new course for the Beaver Creek Blast on Beaver Creek Mountain.

The VRD is offering instant updates and news at Riders are encouraged to follow the twitter site for schedule changes due to inclement weather, after party information and reminders of race-day action. The VRD also offers Facebook users an opportunity to follow the VRD race series on its Facebook page by joining the VRD Mountain Bike Race Series group.

For more information on the race series and other VRD sports, call 479-2280.

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