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Park Metropolis Ski and Snowboard to host path operating collection, bobsled bike race

Organizers say the finale of the Park Metropolis Ski and Snowboard path operating collection would be the equal of operating a number of Pink Bull 400 races, proven right here in 2018.
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Within the spirit of competitors — and since there isn’t but any snow to slip round on — Park Metropolis Ski and Snowboard will play host within the coming weeks to a four-part operating collection and a very one-of-a-kind bike race.

On choose Friday evenings starting Sept. 25, PCSS will host the Fall Path Operating Race Sequence. On Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 9 and 23, contributors will race alongside trails at Utah Olympic Park, with total prime finishers eligible for money prizes. The associated fee to take part is $45 per race or $175 for the collection, and the races are as follows:

• Sept. 25: Iron Invoice to Decrease Moose Puddle (4 miles, 800 toes of elevation acquire)

• Oct. 2: Yeti’s to Moose Puddle (7 miles, 1,300 toes)

“To check it out, we despatched one of many Nordic mixed athletes up the monitor on his bike. He got here again excited with the excellent news that it’s completely doable and a blast to experience up the bobsled monitor.” Adam Loomis, Park Metropolis Ski and Snowboard coach

• Oct. 9: Decrease Moose Puddle to Iron Invoice (4 miles, 800 toes)

• Oct. 23: K120 Climb, 60-minute Crit (480 toes elevation acquire per lap)

“These trails present a variety in gradient and technical problem,” mentioned Adam Loomis, head coach of ski leaping and Nordic mixed packages. “From the sleek contours of Yeti’s to the rocky switchbacks of Iron Invoice.”

The K120 climb, the finale of the collection, includes climbing the biggest ski leap on the park as many occasions as potential in a single hour, or in different phrases, a number of Pink Bull 400s.

Maybe much more novel than the path collection is Bike The Bob, a two-part bike race that for qualifiers means the chance to race the Utah Olympic Park’s bobsled monitor. Racers should qualify in a time-trial race up the Utah Olympic Park “Bobsled Street” to find out which contributors will advance to the bobsled monitor race. Racers can experience both a street, MTB, CX, or gravel bike, and the 50 males and 50 ladies with the quickest occasions throughout 4 age teams (16-18, 19-39, 40-49, 50-plus) will transfer on. Registration is $45, however those that simply wish to expertise using up the bobsled monitor with out having to qualify should buy a $250 VIP cross to take action.

All proceeds from the path collection and Bike the Bob shall be used to help PCSS youth packages.

Loomis mentioned PCSS started brainstorming concepts for smaller-scale occasions this summer season, after the cancellation of the Pink Bull 400 as a consequence of considerations across the unfold of COVID-19. Loomis mentioned the group included himself and fellow Nordic and leaping coaches Emma Garrard, Gordon Lange and Alan Alborn, in addition to Director of Operations Katie Koemans and Government Director Christie Hind.

Whereas Bike The Bob could appear novel, this gained’t really be the primary time the UOP bobsled monitor has been used on this manner. Years in the past, earlier than USA Biking took over because the nationwide governing physique overseeing biking, there was the Nationwide Off Street Bicycle Affiliation.

“Again then, NORBA organized mountain bike races up the bobsled.” Loomis mentioned. “It was a part of a ‘King of the Mountains’ total competitors which was reportedly a giant hit. However this was a very long time in the past.”

As they brainstormed concepts for occasions to function fundraisers, the outdated NORBA races got here up. Loomis credit Alborn, a former Olympic ski jumper, with the concept to revive it. First, although, they’d to make sure it was nonetheless viable.

“To check it out, we despatched one of many Nordic mixed athletes up the monitor on his bike,” Loomis mentioned. “He got here again excited with the excellent news that it’s completely doable and a blast to experience up the bobsled monitor.”

Prizes shall be awarded at every race within the path collection, although Loomis wouldn’t say what they’re, simply that PCSS is worked up to point out folks what they’ve in retailer for them on race days. The quickest racers shall be given items from Suunto and Jaybird, and the highest three female and male finishers within the collection will obtain money purses.

For Bike the Bob, prizes shall be awarded throughout the 4 age classes for every gender.

“Given the cancellation of different occasions this 12 months, these are a key side of PCSS’s fall fundraising,” Loomis mentioned. “We’re lucky to have a really supportive group within the Park Metropolis space, and we’re enthusiastic about this chance to pair fundraising and enjoyable racing.”

Loomis mentioned those that want to take part ought to register as quickly as potential, because the path collection and bike race are capped at 150 and 410 contributors, respectively. Moreover, there’ll solely be 50 VIP passes made obtainable.

To register, go to parkcityss.org.

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