The two major changes this year are on the administrative side of things - the first being the resignation of Tom Purvis as race director. After numerous years at the helm, Tom decided to pursue a 50mile round trip, cubicle sitting, 9 to 5er (why... we will never know!). With little free time on his hands Tom has decided to use his free time to train for the race instead of deal with its organization which I fully understand and support. With Tom no longer in the shop, Fawn Walker and I have stepped in as race co-director newbies after a quick internship from the Master. So far so good, things have run smoothly but I'm sure there will be hiccups along the way.
The second major change is the addition of an entry fee. The race will now cost a dollar a mile (with no refunds for miles not completed). Since the inception of VT, Shawn Gillis (owner of Absolute Bikes, Salida) has foot the bill for the race including all fees for permits, licencing and has provided amazing spreads at all the aid stations and the finish line BBQ. It was only a matter of time before free was no longer possible. As the race has grown in popularity and numbers over the years it was time to relieve Shawn of this burden. At $125 this is still an affordable race with the fee covering all race costs and any extras going to the local volunteer trail group, Salida Mountain Trails. I was a little concerned at how this change was going to sit with some of our faithful returning riders but all I've had are positive responses which is amazing and a true testament to the quality of people involved in this race. Thanks to you all for your support.
As the snow recedes and the trails begin to melt out, the thoughts of training for VT ramp up. As with any race, the best way to train is to get on the course so...come by the shop in Salida for trail conditions, directions to different sections of the course and perhaps a trail guide. We look forward to meeting the 2010 racers and helping you out as much as possible as you prepare for the adventure that is VT125!!