Winter Mountain Games to Host Winter Mountain Bike National Championships

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.