100 Mile Bike Race Returns to Beaver Creek

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BEAVER CREEK, CO July 21, 2004 - Leave your excuses in the dust and gear up for one of the toughest mountain bike races of its kind, the 2004 Ultra 100.

Scheduled for August 21, the Ultra 100 will Start and Finish in picturesque Beaver Creek. Participants are offered a full gamut of race entry options, featuring the traditional 100-Mile Individual and Team competitions, as well as 100-K Individual and Team races. Please allow two members per team.

"The Ultra 100 is a beautifully scenic yet challenging race that uncovers an athlete's true grit," explained James Deighan of Highline Sports & Entertainment, the Colorado-based sports marketing company responsible for the Ultra 100 Mountain Bike Race. "It's a mental and physical test of toughness, but the sheer exhilaration and sense of accomplishment at the finish line makes it all worthwhile."

In addition to strong lungs and legs, the Ultra courses also require solid intermediate mountain bike handling skills. Run primarily on four-wheel drive roads that traverse some of the most spectacular scenery in the Vail Valley and the White River National Forest, the Ultra also features a pair of steady climbs of more than 3,600 feet, along with several 1,000-foot ascents thrown in for good measure.

"June Creek and Muddy Pass are once again included in the 100-Mile race," offered Highline's Scott McCormick, "and although Muddy Pass is absent from the 100-K, the June Creek climb and Red & White Mountain Road offer a terrific training ground for participants to work up to the 100-Mile distance. We're anxious to see the racers' build their strength and endurance as the Ultra 100 returns year after year."

Last year, local pro rider Jay Henry won his first ever 100-Mile race in 7 hours and 47 minutes, while pro Mike Janelle of Avon sealed the 100-K race title in just 5 hours, 12 minutes. Boulder's Julie Hudetz was the first female to cross the 100-Mile finish line in 10 hours with Heather Sappenfield of Eagle taking the women's 100-K field in 7 hours, 5 minutes.

Sign up today at the Kind Cyclist in Edwards, Mountain Pedaler in Minturn and Eagle, or online at www.mtbrace.com. Registration fees include Individual 100 Miles $160, Individual 100K $130, Team 100 Miles $130 (per person), and Team 100K $75 (per person).

The 2004 Ultra 100 Mountain Bike Race is yours thanks to the Beaver Creek Resort Company, BMW, Coors Light, the Vail Daily, KZYR The Zephyr, and is a Highline Sports and Entertainment Production.

To learn more about the Ultra 100 visit www.mtbrace.com. For more information on Highline Sports visit www.gohighline.com or call (970) 476-6797.