Pedalfest to roll into Deer Valley
Local racers rejoice.
The Intermountain Cup Series will make its eighth and largest stop at Deer Valley this Saturday for the Pedalfest Mountain Bike Race.
The series, which includes racers and venues from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and beyond will give Parkites a morning full of cross-country mountain bike racing for riders of all ages and abilities.
The series has been coming to Park City for the past 15 years and series director Ed Chauner says that about 325-375 show up to compete annually. Other races usually only average about 300 participants.
"This is a pretty big race," Chauner said.
He said that much of the draw is the venue. Although the race is only one of the 14 stops on the circuit that riders compete in for overall points, Chauner says that many racers come out just to race Deer Valley.
"It’s a really nice venue nice single track, good climb, good facilities and good starts," Chauner said.
He also receives a lot of promotional support from the local bike shops White Pine, Jans and Cole Sport.
The race will feature 26 categories with beginning, sport and expert ability levels. There will also be a pro category for men and women. Chauner is making the race spectator-friendly for anyone that wants to come out to the free event. He will emcee the race with details on the course and the racers as they pass by. The cumulative points for the series will be posted for spectators to see who is leading. Fans are also encouraged to walk to different spots on the course during the race to cheer on the riders.
The course will wind from the starting line at the Snow Park Lodge, through Deer Crest, past the guard house into Hidden Hollow and loop around.
"It’s a good combination of road and single track," Chauner said. "It has a little bit of everything."
Chauner says that on average, anywhere from one-fourth to one-third of the riders are from Park City, so Pedalfest is the perfect opportunity for the community to come out and support the local talent.
Registration will be available on race day, so Chauner encourages anyone looking to try a competitive race to sign up.
"We really want the new riders to come out, sign up and hit the trail," Chauner said.
Chauner is so serious about recruiting new riders, that all first-time racers will receive a $5 discount. Anyone who brings a new rider will also receive a $5 discount.
"Its good to get people out to experience the sport. It’s a lot of fun," Chauner said.
He is also offering a family registration discount. The first two members of a family pay full price and all others receive a $5 discount.
Chauner says another reason the races are so popular is that they are in a local, grassroots-type setting. He organizes all the races himself and feels like cross-country mountain biking provides a more laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere.
"It’s different from road biking where everyone is very competitive," Chauner said. "You get a really good mix of everyone."
Pedalfest will be held Saturday, June 10 with races for the 11-12 year-olds and nine and under at 8:15 a.m. followed by all other races at 9 a.m. Registration and packet pick-up for pre-registered racers begins at 7 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.intermountaincup.com
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