Leadville News – December 6

Winter Race Series Kicks off Saturday

The first race of the Pedal Power Winter Race Series will take place this Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.  The Center is located at Ski Cooper on Highway 6/24 between Minturn and Leadville.

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The Pedal Power Winter Race Series kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 9 at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center with a Classic 5 Miler Snowshoe Race. Photo: Leadville Today/ Brennan Ruegg.

The Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic is one of the oldest races in the series, now celebrating its 22nd year of adventure racing. Racers should be prepared for a generous mix of challenging uphills and gentle downhills that wend their way along interconnected nordic and biking trails through the pine forests and meadows that blanket this scenic pass straddling the Continental Divide.

The Tennessee Pass venue is one of the most anticipated of the winter race season because its location on the Continental Divide provides ample course setting options even with minimal coverage.  The variety of challenging terrain along the Tennessee Pass track makes it one of the top snowshoe courses in the country.  This event attracts some of the best local, regional and national nordic and endurance competitors as well as recreational racers out to challenge themselves amidst the beauty of the surrounding peaks.

 

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Mark “Smokey” Burgess heads towards the finish line at last year’s Pedal Power Snowshoe race.

Pedal Power Winter Race Series Schedule:

  • December 9 @ 10 a.m. – Tennessee Pass Kick-Off Classic 5 Miler Snowshoe at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center @ Ski Cooper.
  • December 30 @ 10 a.m. – Pazzo’s/K.O. EagleVail Holiday 5K/10K at               EagleVail Golf Course & Pavilion.
  • January 27 @ 10 a.m. – Aria Athletic Club & Spa Winter Triathlon at CMC Timberline Campus, Leadville.
  • February 24 @ 10 a.m. – Vail Nordic Center Winter Triathlon at Vail Nordic Center @ Vail Golf Course.

Registration for this first event is $20.  Participants can pre-register directly online at pedalpowerbike.com or with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970-845-0931. Participants may also register ($25) on the day of the event at the race start. For more information and a complete series schedule, go to pedalpowerbike.com.

 

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