XC Mountain Bike
Photo: TREKKER PHOTO

XC Mountain Bike

THE SEASON SHIFTER

An epic course that will test bikers’ pre-season endurance and tenacity. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 12
10:00 AM

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Event Overview

SATURDAY, JUNE 12

10:00 AM

Mountain bikers will start at the base of Golden Peak and race up Vail Mountain. This course will test riders’ fitness and technical skills taking you over 5.5 miles per lap. Just steps from the Village, this beautiful and challenging ride also comes with a nice perk: a $31,700 cash prize purse.

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, June 11 at 6:00 PM

Times

Times

SATURDAY, JUNE 12

10:00 AM* – Wave 1:
Pro/Open – Men & Women
Single Speed – Men & Women
Expert – Men & Women
Expert – Junior (17 & Under) – Men & Women

1:00 PM* – Wave 2:
Expert – Vet 35+ – Men Only
Sport – Master 45+ – Men Only
Sport – Vet 35+ – Men & Women
Sport – Men & Women
Sport – Junior (17 & Under) – Men & Women
Beginner – Men & Women
Beginner – Junior (17 & Under) – Men & Women

*Times subject to change

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, June 11 at 6:00 PM

Rules

Categories:

10:00 AM* – Wave 1:
Pro/Open – Men & Women
Single Speed – Men & Women
Expert – Men & Women
Expert – Junior (17 & Under) – Men & Women

1:00 PM* – Wave 2:
Expert – Vet 35+ – Men Only
Sport – Master 45+ – Men Only
Sport – Vet 35+ – Men & Women
Sport – Men & Women
Sport -Junior (17 & Under) – Men & Women
Beginner – Men & Women
Beginner – Junior (17 & Under) – Men & Women

*Times subject to change

Format & Rules:
  • All racers will start and finish in Golden Peak (East of Chair 6). Corral signage will be in place Saturday morning to indicate where each category should stage. Please note the Kids Bike Race will be running in the same location through 10:00 AM.
  • Racers in Wave 1 will have bike plates with a yellow background. Racers in Wave 2 will have bike plates with a white background. Racers will be sent out within their division start time divided by gender.
  • A corral will be designated East of the start/finish line for riders to stage before the race by category.
  • Start positions within your category will not be predetermined, and it is up to the athlete to get into the desired location. See below for category start times and quantity of laps required by category/class.
Wave Start Time Class # Laps
1 10:00 AM Pro/Open Men 3 Laps
1 10:02 AM Single Speed Men 2 Laps
1 10:04 AM Expert Junior (17 & Under) Men 2 Laps
1 10:06 AM Expert Men 3 Laps
1 10:08 AM Pro/Open Women 3 Laps
1 10:10 AM Single Speed, Expert, Expert Junior (17 & Under) Women 2 Laps
Wave Start Time Class # Laps
2 1:00 PM Expert Vet 35+ Men 2 Laps
2 1:02 PM Sport Vet 35+ Men 2 Laps
2 1:04 PM Sport Master Men 45+ 2 Laps
2 1:06 PM Sport Men 2 Laps
2 1:08 PM Sport Vet 35+ Women & Sport Women 2 Laps
2 1:10 PM Sport Junior (17 & Under – Men & Women) 1 Lap
2 1:12 PM Beginner Men 1 Lap
2 1:14 PM Beginner Women 1 Lap
2 1:16 PM Beginner Junior (17 & Under – Men & Women) 1 Lap

 

  • One lap of the course is approximately five and a half (5.5) miles and will have over 2,000 ft of elevation gain. Riders will complete a set number of laps determined by their race division. Along the course, athletes will have to ride on all types of terrain ranging from forest service access dirt roads to single track. This is a classic Colorado course with plenty of ascending and descending sections.
  • The course will be marked prior to the race (though signage will be removed intermittently to accommodate other GoPro Mountain Games events on Vail Mountain). Signs will be set up to direct riders and marshals will be placed in locations all along the course. It is the athlete’s responsibility to follow the signs and stay on the course. If a rider goes off course, they will be disqualified.
  • Official feed zone location along the course will be is marked on the course map. The feed zone is self-supported.
location:

Start and finish is in Golden Peak just West of Chair 6 in front of the Race City building.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:
  • RACE DAY PROTOCOL
    • The XC Mountain Bike race will start in waves with 50 athletes per wave.
    • Waves will start every 2 minutes.
    • Staff, signs and ground markings will ensure proper physical distancing as athletes stage in their respective waves prior to the start of the race.
    • Athletes must wear a face mask in the start and finish areas.
    • Athletes may remove their mask at the start line just prior to the race start.
    • At the end of the race, athletes are asked to wear their mask.
    • Racers will adhere to all social distancing protocols at the start and finish lines.
    • Aid Station(s) on course will be staffed. Water coolers will be available with a staff member disinfecting after each use.
    • Individually wrapped food items (energy bars/gels) may be available at the Aid Station(s) and start/ finish line.
    • Spectating is discouraged.
    • For a full list of COVID-19 policies and protocols at the 2021 GoPro Mountain Games, click here.
    • All protocols subject to change based on updated state, county and local guidelines.

Price & Prizes

PRICE

EARLY BIRD // April 9 – May 31, 2021
$75 – Pro/Open/Single Speed/Expert
$55 – Beginner/Sport Masters 45+/Sport Vet 35+/Expert Vet 35+/Sport
$50 – Expert Junior (17 & Under)
$45 – Beginner & Sport Junior (17 & Under)

EVENT PRICING // June 1 – June 10, 2021
$85 – Pro/Open/Single Speed/Expert
$65 – Beginner/Sport Masters 45+/Sport Vet 35+/Expert Vet 35+/Sport
$60 – Expert Junior (17 & Under)
$55 – Beginner & Sport Junior (17 & Under)


PAYOUT

total purse: $31,700

OVERALL PRO/OPEN
MEN
1st – $6,000
2nd – $4,000
3rd – $2,000
4th – $1,500
5th – $1,000
6th – $500

WOMEN
1st – $6,000
2nd – $4,000
3rd – $2,000
4th – $1,500
5th – $1,000
6th – $500

SINGLE SPEED
MEN
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

WOMEN
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100


PRIZES

1st place Pro/Open and Single Speed men and women category finishers will win an epic piece of YETI gear!

1st, 2nd and 3rd place Pro/Open and Single Speed men and women finishers will receive a Mountain Games podium exclusive YETI Rambler!

Price & Prizes

Event Map

EVENT START:

Start and finish is in Golden Peak just West of Chair 6 in front of the Race City building.

Course map to be posted the week of the event.