The Vail Recreation District's Mountain Bike Race Series will continue the summer season of racing on Wednesday, June 22, featuring the uphill Davos Dash.
Celebrating the longest-running mountain bike race in the state, riders will enjoy a steady climb along paved road and double track with distances ranging from 2.25 miles for younger riders to 3.5 miles for more experienced riders. This is the third race of the seven-race series, which is presented by Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Destination Hospitality, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and The Dusty Boot.
The races will begin behind the West Vail Holiday Inn at 4:45 p.m. with the Larkburger Youth Series for riders ages 8 to 17. All youth racers will complete the 2.25 uphill course (halfway to the radio tower from the trailhead). The Athletic Club at the Westin adult series will kickoff at 5:45 p.m. with details as follows:
Men's Pro/Open and Men's Expert Under 35 will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by Men's Expert 35-44 and Men's Single Speed at 5:45:30 p.m., Women's Pro/Open and Men's Expert 45+ 5:46 p.m. and Women's Expert Under 35, 35-44, 45+ & Women's Single Speed at 5:46:30 p.m. These categories will race to the top of the radio tower for a 3.5 mile race.
Men's Sport 18 and Under and 19-34 will follow expert races at 5:47 p.m., followed by Men's Sport 35-44 at 5:47:30 p.m., Men's Sport 45-49 at 5:48, Men's Sport 50+ and Clydesdales at 6:48:30 p.m., Women's Sport 18 & Under and Women's Sport 19-34 at 5:49 p.m., Women's Sport 34-44 & 45+ at 5:49:30 p.m., Men's Beginner at 5:50 p.m. and Women's Beginner at 5:50:30 p.m. These categories will race to the top of the radio tower for a 3.5 mile race.
The race will include an after-party at the Vail Ale House with a free keg of beer provided by New Belgium Brewery for those 21 and over. Prizes will also be presented after the race to the top three finishers of each category, as well as a raffle prize drawing featuring products from race sponsors, area merchants and national companies. Pedal Power, the official bike shop of the Davos Dash, will be on-site to provide neutral support for racers with last-minute mechanical issues.
The competition will continue with the Berry Creek Bash on July 6 in Edwards. The ever-expanding series will then take racers to the historic Camp Hale Hup course on July 20 before returning to Eagle for the Boneyard Brawl on August 3. The final race of the series will take place in Beaver Creek for the Beaver Creek Blast on August 24.
Individual race costs are $26 for preregistration or $37 on race day. Registration is available online and preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.