June to feature fun fests
land or by sea, the month of June is kicking off in areas in and around Park City.
Next weekend, a month packed with weekend activities will kick off with the annual Utah River Council’s Paddle Festival at the Little Dell Reservoir located off of the East Canyon exit on Interstate I-80.
The weekend offers the public the opportunity to paddle a kayak, learn how to row, sail or even fly fish.
The festival was designed as a celebration of river recreation in Utah. The Rivers Council, invites anyone ages six and up to literally "get their feet wet" trying both flat water and white water kayaks, canoes, skulls and sailboats.
There will be clinics taught by the experts for beginners and competitions held for the more advanced.
In addition to the water fun, the Rivers Council’s will provide live music, children’s activities, food and a raffle.
The Paddle Festival is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Utah Rivers Council and proceeds benefit river protection programs.
Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Children six and under are free. The entry fee covers all activities except roll clinic and races. The festivities will be held June 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and continue through Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
From the Paddle Festival, the fun will roll right into the following weekend with Deer Valley’s Pedalfest, the yearly Park City stop on the Intermountain Cup Mountain Bike Race Series.
On June 9, Deer Valley will welcome a mix of regional and pro racers to its trails. According to Intermountain Cup director Ed Chauner, most stops in the series usually attract cyclists that range from beginner to the advanced, but rarely see the nation’s top racers. That changes this year at Pedalfest which precedes a stop on the National Mountain Bike Race Series, which is chock full of the nation’s best mountain bike athletes.
"Normally we attract around 300 racers, but this year is unusual," Chauner said. "There will be a lot of people."
Chauner said that many pros will arrive at least a week ahead to adjust to the altitude and get a feel for Deer Valley’s trails. The Pedalfest is the perfect opportunity for them to ride an almost identical course in a competitive atmosphere.
Still, Chauner doesn’t want to discourage any novice racers. He says that some of the hill climbs in Deer Valley can be challenging and the competition will obviously be stiffer, than at other races, but there is still room for all types of racers.
The course will follow relatively the same course as it has in past years. The Intermountain Cup has been holding a race stop at the resort for the last 16 years, and Chauner says that slight changes are always made to accommodate new construction and changes at the resort, but it will still seem familiar to seasoned racers.
The race will start and end at the Snow Park Lodge, so spectators can cheer as riders start and finish and make passes through the course. The finish on pavement also makes for fast and exciting finishes.
The race’s trail will wind up and through the resort offering a number of challenging hill climbs and switchbacks.
Chauner says that traditionally, Pedalfest has attracted a lot of local Park City racers who may not compete in the entire series, but enjoy riding a familiar course and the community feel that Pedalfest offers.
"A lot of people just do that race," Chauner said. "It’s always a lot of fun."
Last year with remnants of a successful ski season, Chauner said he found himself shoveling snow on race day, but is expecting warm weather and a clean trail for this year’s stop. With the help of Deer Valley trail crew, the rails will be neatly groomed and ready on race day, so all racers will have to worry about is the challenge of Deer Valley’s Mountain course. Chauner recommends pre-riding the course to be familiar with all of the twists and turns and the proper gears needed to successfully complete the race.
Registration for the race can be done online until Monday June 4. The cost is $31 for most categories. Pro registration is $40 and 12 and under is $20. As always, the Intermountain Cup offers day of registration for $5 more, which begins at 7 a.m. The nine-and under and 10-12 race will begin at 8:15 a.m., followed by the main race at 9 a.m. For more information and race details, visit http://www.intermountaincup.com.
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