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Angel Fire announces new summer racing series

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By The Staff

The Angel Fire Bike Park recently announced that it will be hosting a new downhill mountain bike racing series this summer.
Angel Fire Bike Park’s Fire 5, presented by Schwalbe, is a premier downhill race series in the Rocky Mountains. A series of five unique downhill races will take place at Angel Fire Bike Park throughout the bike season. Amateurs and pro riders are invited to race in one or all five races. Registration for the first race, which will be held May 29, is open now.
“We created the new Fire 5 racing series here at Angel Fire Bike Park because we wanted to offer racers a better experience with a legit series,” Angel Fire Bike Park director Hogan Koesis said.
“Since the Mountain States cup dissolved a few years ago, we feel that downhill racing in the Rockies has been underserved and underrepresented. Angel Fire has always had a rich racing culture with proper tracks. We believe that by offering some cash, amazing products from our sponsors and a five-race series, that we can grow racing back to where it once was.”
The five races will take place May 29, July 16, Aug. 3, Sept. 4 and Oct. 8.
There will be pro, open and junior categories for men and women.
Over $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded for each race and overall series winners.
Awards will be given for first, second and third places in all categories. The series champions will be determined by the most points earned in four out of five races in the series. The rider must be present to be eligible for awards. No awards will be mailed. Bike park lift tickets are not included in the cost of registration.
Competitors 21-and-over will also receive two beer tickets per race sponsored by Shock Top Goose Island IPA.
To register for any of the Fire 5 Races go to BikeReg.com
For more information about the Fire 5 Racing series, visit bit.ly/2016-Fire5.
Angel Fire, the largest bike park in the Rockies, will open with over 60 miles of trails on May 12. That weekend, there will be several other downhill races, live music, a beer garden and free outdoor movies.
Continuing to build on its reputation as one of the largest world-class mountain biking destinations in the country, Angel Fire Bike Park has also been continuing its efforts to ramp up their trails, by investing in state-of-the-art trail building equipment.
Angel Fire is the first bike park in the country to purchase its own sawmill that will enable them to craft better wood features for its trail system.
The park also purchased new excavating equipment for each trail crew member, which will allow them to design trails at a faster pace and with better drainage efficiency.
The bike park is also carving out additional cross-country and green belt trails. Angel Fire will now offer more than 100 miles of cross-country, downhill and road bike trails as it continues to expand for bike riders of all abilities.
For those new to mountain biking, Angel Fire is launching the Ready to Ride program to help those aged 3–103 get more comfortable and confident on a mountain bike.
Newbies can get a two-hour introduction lesson with an instructor, a surface lift ticket, bike and body armor rental equipment for $49. The lessons will take place in the Southwest’s first terrain-based learning center, located at the base of the mountain, and will offer an easy flow trail for the younger kids on a strider bike or more advanced instruction for older children and adults.
“Our goal is to kill any fear about learning to ride a mountain bike,” Koesis said. “Often the experience can seem intimating to someone who has never tried it or had a bad encounter. We’re creating the nation’s first terrain-based learning center that will open in June and will to ease the rider into the sport and help them gain confidence through a small series of steps.”