Winter Mountain Games to Host Winter Mountain Bike National Championships

by Brian Mullin on January 31, 2013

Winter
in the Rockies will never be the same as professional and amateur
athletes converge on the mountains and villages of Vail for a
celebration of adventure sports, music, art and the great outdoors. The
second annual Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer features
competitions in mixed climbing, biking events,  Nordic and telemark skiing, ski mountaineering and snowshoe racing with $60,000 in prize money on the line, along with a one-day vertical challenge in Vail’s legendary Back Bowls. The winter festival in Vail comes to life with free concerts, films, photo comp an interactive expo area, demo events and of course – dogs. The Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.

For the biking aficionados we have On-Snow Bike Crit, XC Mountain Biking, Dual Slalom Biking and Best Trick Bike
(a.k.a. Big Air). Although the big prize money is in the Big Air Comp,
with a whopping $10K for the total purse, the others will help pay for
the weekend, and the 1st place men and women in the 20k XC MTB race get a
9:zero:7 bike frame. Free live music will Ana Sia & Kraddy, the Flobots and John Brown’s Body. This is the inaugural year for the XC MTB race, so you can be the first crowned Winter
Mountain Bike National Champion.

Bike Schedule:
XC MTB (10k & 20k)- Friday Feb 8th
Crit (Fat Bike & MTB Divisions)- Saturday Feb 9th
Dual Salom – Sunday Feb 10th
Big Air Final – Sunday Feb 10th


PRESS RELEASE

Winter Mountain Games to Host Winter Mountain Bike National Championships
The 2013 Winter Mountain Games will offer up four winter mountain bike
events over two days and crown several national champions.

With
four different on-snow cycling events over the course of two days, the
2013 Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer invites winter
cyclists to take part in the country’s largest celebration of riding on
snow, February 8-10 in Vail.  In addition to providing athletes with
multiple opportunities to compete, this year’s Winter Mountain Games
also offers the chance to ride for the inaugural title of Winter
Mountain Bike National Champion.

The
Vail Valley Foundation expanded the cycling competitions of the
sophomore edition of the Winter Mountain Games, adding Cross Country
Mountain Biking to the 2013 schedule, along with the traditional On-Snow
Bike Crit, Dual Slalom Bike and Best Trick Bike events.  Each of the
mountain bike events at the 2013 Winter Mountain Games will crown a
men’s and women’s National Champion.

“We are excited to expand our
Winter Mountain Games cycling options with the addition of the Cross
Country event, while also providing the opportunity to be crowned
National Champion,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley
Foundation. “Going back to the World Mountain Bike Championships in 1994
and 2001, Vail has played host to some of the best mountain bike races
in the world. With the growing popularity of ‘fatbikes’ and racing bikes
on the snow, we’re pleased to now offer some of the biggest and best
winter mountain bike races in the country.”

The
new Cross Country event will debut on Friday afternoon, February 8,
combining with Saturday’s On-Snow Bike Crit to comprise the endurance
events. On Sunday, February 10, the Dual Slalom Bike competition will
return to Golden Peak, along with the most anticipated event of the
weekend, the Best Trick Bike competition. Registration is now open for
all events at www.mountaingames.com.
The
new Cross Country race will take place at the Vail Nordic Center on
Friday afternoon with a 3 p.m. start time. Both the Dual Slalom Bike and
On-Snow Bike Crit will take place on Vail Mountain at Golden Peak
starting at 4:30 p.m.

The
Best Trick Bike competition on Saturday night will once again offer
terrific spectating opportunities, getting underway at 6:30 p.m. at the
Golden Peak base area as marquis athletes, including last year’s silver
medalist, Mike Montgomery, take turns throwing down their best aerial
tricks off a huge ramp, battling for a share of the $10,000 purse. The
evening entertainment continues after the competition with a live reggae
performance by John Brown’s Body.

The 2013 Winter Mountain Games
presented by Eddie Bauer are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. 
For more information on the Winter Mountain Games, visit www.mountaingames.com.

About the Vail Valley Foundation
The
Vail Valley Foundation is charged with enriching the Vail Valley and
sustaining its unique spirit through the delivery of unparalleled arts,
world-class athletics and inspiring education programs throughout the
community.  For additional information on the Foundation, visit www.vvf.org.

About Eddie Bauer
Established
in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells
sportswear, outerwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor
lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that
stands for high quality, innovation, style and customer service. Eddie
Bauer products are available at approximately 400 stores throughout the
United States, Canada and Japan, through catalog sales and online at www.eddiebauer.com.
Eddie Bauer is proud to be named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service
Champion and is only one of 40 companies so named in the United States.

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