Hammer in the Hay next up in Athletic Club at Westin Mountain Bike Race Series

By Real Vail
June 5, 2012
The Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series continues Wednesday (June 6) with the Hammer in the Hay at 4 Eagle Ranch.

The Hammer in the Hay will take racers ages eight and older through the fields surrounding the working ranch with distances ranging from four miles for youth racers to 16 miles for the pro and expert racers.

Racers will be able to pre-ride the course at 4 p.m. on race day. This is the second race of the seven race series, which is presented by East West Resorts and the Vail Valley Medical Center.
Individual race costs are $25 for preregistration or $35 on race-day. Registration is available by clicking here. Preregistration for individual races ends at 5 p.m. today (June 5) and day-of registration will end at 5:30 p.m.

The races will begin at 4:45 p.m. with the Larkburger Youth Series for riders ages 8 to 14, followed by Never Ever, Junior, Men and Women Beginner and Sport, Men's and Women's Vet Sport, Men's Masters Sport, Legends and Clydesdales at 5:45 p.m.

The Men and Women Pro and Expert, as well as Masters Expert, Single Speed and Vet Experts will race at 6:45 p.m. The Kind Bikes, the official shop of the Hammer in the Hay, will be onsite to provide neutral support for racers with last minute mechanical issues.

The race will include an after party at 4 Eagle Ranch with a free keg of beer provided Bud Light. Prizes also will 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.

Prizes also will be awarded for the Beginner and Men's Sport racers who completed the Eagle Ranch Classic on May 23. Women's Sport, Women's Vet Sport and the Pro and Expert Eagle Ranch Classic races are rescheduled for 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 with an after party for all mountain bike racers scheduled at the Dusty Boot following the race.

On June 20, the Athletic Club at the Westin Mountain Bike Race Series, presented by East West Resorts and the VVMC, will bring riders to Vail for the grinding uphill classic, the Davos Dash. Then, on July 11, racers will take to Vail Mountain for the Vail Grind. Racers will then enjoy the return of the Camp Hale Hup, near Red Cliff, on July 25. Returning for it's third summer, the Boneyard Brawl Mike Janelle Memorial race will take racers on a great course in Eagle on Aug. 1. Then on Aug. 15, racers will end the series with the Beaver Creek Blast in Beaver Creek.

In addition to the Athletic Club at the Westin, East West Resorts and the Vail Valley Medical Center, sponsors of the 2012 races include the Dusty Boot, Bud Light, FirstBank of Vail, Vail Resorts, Inc., Beaver Creek Resort Company, Aberle Investment Management, Apex Dental, Central Rockies Mortgage, KZYR, Honeystinger, Ellsworth Bicycles, HESTRA Gloves, Camelbak, POC, Optic Nerve, Street Swell, Outdoor Technology, Rocky Mountain Reprographics, Vail Honeywagon and The Steadman Clinic. The 2012 Youth Series is presented by Larkburger and KIDsport. Photos of the 2011 race series were taken by Scott McClarrinon and are available by going to www.mcclarrinonphotography.com. McClarrinon will be at most races providing race-action photography for the participants and their family and friends.

Registration, course information and start times are available by clicking here or calling 970-479-2280.

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