The GoPro Dual Slalom bike race makes its debut at GoPro Mountain Games

Lyle Ellerbee

Riders can expect a great deal of limited berms, major rollers and thrilling jumps at the inaugural GoPro Twin Slalom bike race at the Minturn Bike Park on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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In addition to the whitewater, fly fishing, running, climbing and canine-welcoming events at the GoPro Mountain Video games, dual slalom bike racing has been included. Even though most of the activities materialize in and around Vail, the Minturn Bicycle Park will perform host to this head-to-head format that will be equally as fascinating to observe as it is to journey.

The Minturn Bike Park opened previous calendar year and established the phase for this fashion of bike racing to be a part of the GoPro Mountain Online games. The Vail Valley Foundation and GoPro have partnered with the town of Minturn, the Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance and Strait Acres to build this enjoyable new function.

Strait Acres is owned by professional rider few, Kyle and Rachel Strait. Kyle was out putting the ending touches on the training course while Rachel was using treatment of their 15-thirty day period-aged daughter.

“The bicycle park crew has definitely performed a terrific position of building the footprint and then Kyle is just putting his small touches on it,” Rachel Strait explained.

Primarily based out of Alpine, California, a compact town east of San Diego, the two Rachel and Kyle grew up in Southern California and have been pro riders for most of their lives.

“Kyle went pro when he was 16, and I went professional when I was a little more mature. He does the Crimson Bull Rampage event each 12 months and was the to start with dude to acquire that occasion twice, and he is the only athlete that has participated in each solitary just one of them. He’s mad!” Strait explained. “I keep waiting for the day when he states, ‘Yeah, babe, I assume I’m performed,’ but he’s not slowing down.”

Kyle Strait, ideal, speaks with Ernest Saeger of the Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance to focus on options of the GoPro Dual Slalom training course at the Minturn Bicycle Park.
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This will be the Straits’ very first excursion to the GoPro Mountain Online games. The Straits will be joined by other top skills on the dual slalom circuit.

“We’ll have Austin ”Bubba“ Warren below, Tommy Zula, who is the pump observe world winner, will be right here. And Collin Hudson is a very quickly racer from Colorado,” Strait mentioned.

Leading woman racers will be right here as effectively.

“Jordy Scott is a definitely fast racer out of Utah, so it will be a superior opposition,” Strait claimed.

Top rated prize funds will be handed out, which is critical to the Straits.

“Our whole goal is to make absolutely sure we give back to the racers because without having racers, you would not have anything at all, so it was genuinely amazing that the Vail Valley Basis understood our eyesight and have been ready to come up with seriously good prize cash for this occasion,” Strait said.

The pro/open men’s and women’s divisions boasts a prize purse of $12,000. Specialist racers will be listed here as properly as amateurs, so hope to obtain a couple of locals in the combine, also.

The qualifying rounds transpire on Tuesday and then qualifying rounds and finals wrap up on Wednesday. Racers will be out there all working day and there will be lots of sites to spectate. Right after the awards at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, adhere around for a absolutely free live performance at the Little Seaside Amphitheater, which is in the vicinity of the Minturn Bike Park at 7 p.m.

For a lot more information and facts on the 20th GoPro Mountain Game titles and the GoPro Twin Slalom, go to

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