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Pedal Power Winter Race Series celebrates 20 years with kick-off on Dec. 12

Summit Daily staff report

Dust off your snowshoes and tune up your fat bike. It's winter race season.

For the 20th year, Pedal Power bike shop in Avon is hosting a winter race series for snowshoers and fat bikers. The Pedal Power Winter Race Series is a perfect outlet for high-energy endurance racers who just can't get enough of singletrack in the summer — or just can't stomach the thought of ski mountaineering.

The winter race series includes snowshoe races and a fat-bike race, as well as a winter triathlon that involves both of those disciplines with a skate-ski leg.

The five events are staged at three different locations, including the EagleVail Golf Course, the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center (found south of Minturn on U.S. Route 24), and the Colorado Mountain College campus in Leadville. There are no stops in Summit County this season. The final snowshoe race of the series also serves as the official Colorado State Snowshoe Championships.

The concept of a winter triathlon and fat-bike riding is relatively new to the race world, but it's growing steadily every season. Last year, each event in the series drew 50 to 60 racers, with popular events like the series-opening snowshoe race at Tennessee Pass attracting nearly 100 athletes.

And the organizers hope the series continues to grow for its 20th anniversary. A reputation for great course venues, along with high-caliber competition, has made the winter race series one of the top winter events in the region. The races draw top competitors from across the Western Slope, as well as dedicated endurance athletes from the Front Range.

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The not-for-profit series is the oldest continually running winter race series in the state. All proceeds go to benefit Eagle and Lake County charities.

Pedal Power Winter Race Series schedule

Dec. 12 — Tennessee Pass Kick-Off Classic 5-miler snowshoe at 10 a.m.

Jan. 2 — Pazzo’s/K.O. EagleVail Holiday 5K/10K snowshoe at 10 a.m.

Jan. 23 — Aria Athletic Club and Spa Winter Triathlon (5K snowshoe, 10K snow-bike, 8K skate-ski) at 10 a.m.

Feb. 6 — EagleVail Metro District Snow Mountain Bike Race (short and long course distances TBA) at 10 a.m.

Feb. 27 — Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and Colorado State Championship 5K/10K snowshoe at 10 a.m.

All events are held on Saturdays and open to athletes of all ages. For more information and details on each event, including location, start times, registration fees and more, go to pedalpwrbike.com or call 970 845-0931. Participants can pre-register directly online at pedalpowerbike.com.