24 Hours of Killington Mountain Bike Race Debuts July 22-23

By AlpineZone News |
Jul 07 2006 - 02:31 PM

KILLINGTON, Vermont ??” Killington Resort is proud to host the inaugural 24 Hours of Killington, stop No. 4 on the Granny Gear Productions 24 Hour National Point Series of events July 22-23.

Registration is open at www.grannygear.com featuring 22 pro and amateur categories for all ages and abilities, including solo, duo, four and five person teams. The objective is to complete as many laps as possible starting with the signature LeMans-style start in which competitors run to their bikes before heading out on the first lap at noon on Saturday, July 22. Racers will then spend the next 24 hours riding, resting, refueling or strategizing as they devise new ways to beat the competition. With Granny Gear Productions’ reputation for producing first-rate events, the 24 Hours of Killington expects to attract racers from across New England, Canada, New York and Pennsylvania.

“This is the only 24 hour mountain bike race in Vermont, and one of only a handful in the Northeast,” said Josh Arneson, events manager for Killington Resort. “As part of the Granny Gear 24 Hour Point Series, we’re expecting hundreds of racers that will participate and we’re rolling out the red carpet for them at the Snowshed Lodge.”

Indeed, the Snowshed Lodge will serve as race headquarters featuring the Start/Finish area, event expo, festivities and reasonable-price delicious food offerings loaded with energizing protein and carbohydrates, and beverages, to fuel riders through their all day and night competition.

Killington’s 9.28 mile course will feature almost 1,800 feet of climbing, consisting of classic New England singletrack, double track and dirt roads winding up, down and across the ski trails on Ramshead, Snowdon, Killington and Skye Peaks.

“Unlike many 24 hour races where competitors usually camp, Killington offers numerous condo and hotel lodging options right near the venue,” Arneson added. “I imagine a comfortable bed and a hot shower will be a welcome pampering for any racer!”

Killington is offering competitors numerous discount lodging packages throughout the weekend, however, there will also be plenty of room for camping and RV’s near the start finish area. The 24 Hours of Killington will offer all the usual first-class elements typical of Granny Gear events: RealTime Scoring(TM), cash purses and prizes, great music and race announcing, hot showers with camping, the ideal setting to get together with friends and family for a weekend getaway. For more information, visit www.grannygear.com.