Round Valley XC race returns to town |

Round Valley XC race returns to town

Christopher Kamrani, The Park Record

The Utah State Championship Series is returning to Park City this afternoon, as the second race in the four-part mountain-bike series ventures to Round Valley for the second straight year.

According to Bob Saffell, one of the race directors of the USCS, this year’s Round Valley XC should expect to cap out at around 300 racers. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 150 racers had preregistered for the ride, but Saffell said he expects waves of day-of participants, partly because of the unique start time of an afternoon race.

"People seem to enjoy that because it’s different," he said. "Parents can go to their kids’ soccer games and still race. And when the sun starts to set, it starts to cool off and it’s a pretty good atmosphere out there."

From 3:30 to 5 p.m., there will be various start times at the Round Valley trailhead near the Quinn’s Junction Complex, Saffell said. Kids’ races will kick off the afternoon and adult races will follow.

The race features eight-mile laps with 800 feet of climbing per lap. Experts and pros will race 24 miles. For the sport category riders, the race will be 16 miles, while beginner category riders will race eight miles. There are three separate kids’ courses this year, which are new to the race, Saffell said.

The course will wind its way through the various trails of Round Valley. Saffell said the course will be a mile shorter than last year and head in the opposite direction of last year’s inaugural race.

Saffell said $5 of each entry fee will go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. Last year, the race raised $5,000. "We expect to write them a much larger check this year," he said.

With the first of the four-part USCS series already finished in Alpine, the Round Valley XC will be followed by the Wasatch Back 50 on July 21 and the Draper Fall Classic 50 on Sept. 21.

Day-of registration begins at 2 p.m. Day-of fees for adults are $45; juniors 13 to 18 are $30 and kids 12 and under are $5.

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