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It’s men vs. mountains in Aspen X-Adventure race

Tim Mutrie

Until the official debriefing this afternoon, specifics of this weekend’s Salomon X-Adventure World Cup Race – a 36-hour multidiscipline team race that spans 50 miles starting and finishing in Snowmass Village – remain a mystery.

In an effort to create a fair playing field for all the 200 racers from some 50 teams, the details of the race course will not be disclosed until later today, on the eve of Saturday morning’s start.

“They’ll only have one night to plan their route – so it’s fair for the local competitors and foreigners,” said race organizer Bonnie Eadie. “The idea is to brief them on the course and give them some limited information in order to keep them safe.”

Competitors in the race know this much: employing various mountain sport disciplines including mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking/running and rope activity, they will have to cover some 50 miles of mountainous terrain as fast as possible.

“An individual doesn’t win, the team does,” according to Salomon. “Fifty coed teams of three racers and one assistant/alternate will compete. And together, teams must be entirely self-sufficient as they compete head to head against each other and navigate some of the most gut-wrenching, challenging terrain of their lives.”

“It’s going to be one serious event,” Eadie stressed.

While details of the course were unavailable yesterday, Eadie said that the course has been designed to be spectator-friendly.

“It’s going to be very easy for people to watch,” she said. “You can drive to most of the good viewing spots, and we’ll have estimated arrival times for the leading teams at each transition point.”

For spectators information, drop by the Salomon Booth across from the Snowmass Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Village Mall Friday afternoon, Saturday or Sunday.

The race is the third of seven Salomon X-Adventure World Cup Races this summer and fall, and the first one ever to be held in the United States. Two Salomon X-Adventure World Cup races were held in France and Spain and Austria and Germany in June, and four other races are planned for Scandinavia, Wales, Japan and Italy this fall.

Salomon launched its adventure racing series in Europe in 1998, and initiated the World Cup format this summer.

The top three finishing teams in each Salomon X-Adventure World Cup Race qualify to compete in the final race in October in Sicily, Italy for more than $80,000 in prizes.

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Posted: Friday, July 21, 2000


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