Winter Park hosts back-to-back Mountain Bike Racing Series contests this weekend |

Winter Park hosts back-to-back Mountain Bike Racing Series contests this weekend

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Hundreds of mountain bikers will be pedaling as hard as they can in two days of back-to-back races of the 2008 Winter Park Mountain Bike Racing Series slated to roll Saturday and Sunday.

The first race on Saturday is the Valley Point to Point, an 18.8-mile ride that starts at the base of Winter Park Resort and follows a number of well-marked trails to the finish west of Fraser. The course has a several uphill and downhill sections with total climbing of 1,950 feet.

On Sunday, the second race will be the Super Downhill, whose course has been recently changed to incorporate the lower section of the Crankworx Colorado All-Mountain Super Downhill event planned for July 31. Race organizers say this Sunday’s race will be longer than last year’s with the winning times expected to be between 18-20 minutes.

Sunday’s race will begin near the top of Winter Park Resort’s mountain on the Jabberwocky ski trail. The riders will descend the mountain using various trails until they reach the finish line at the base area.

The first riders will leave the starting line at 10 a.m. on both days. The mountain bikers will begin the races in waves as part of their registered ability/age group.

Awards are given to the top three in each age and ability class. For the fourth year running, the race series will offer a team category.

All racers will be eligible for at least $2,000 in raffle prizes after each race.

The Winter Park Resort Mountain Bike Racing Series is the largest racing series of its kind in Colorado, attracting more than 5,000 riders annually. This year, the series is offering seven races.

After this weekend’s races, the remaining races are: Saturday, Aug. 2, Crankworx Colorado Cross-Country; Saturday, Aug. 16, Mountain Circuit; Saturday, Aug. 30, King of the Rockies.

Pre-registration for the races is strongly recommended. The easiest and cheapest way to register for the 2008 Winter Park Mountain Bike Race Series is online at

For more information on this year’s race series, visit or call the Winter Park Competition Center at (970) 726-1590 or (303) 316-1590.