Here we are again, the first week of June in Vail, Colorado. With above average snowpack and great flows happening right now the stage is set for some the best paddling competitions on the planet. Creeking, downriver, freestyle and of course the 8-Ball (picture smash up derby meets paddle cross). Over the last 8 years the events held her in Vail for the Teva Games have become the standard by which other events are judged.
The action starts on Homestake Creek this Thursday as some of the best creekers on tour will race the clock to see who is the quickest over the 1/4 mile stretch. Dropping 480 feet per mile the Homestake creek race combines steep sections with narrow moves that will challenge even the best boaters. Returning Champ and Team Dagger paddler Tao Berman arrives to town today for practice laps as does the majority of our team. On hand will be Brad Ludden, Corey Volt, Andrew Holcombe, Rush Sturges (who just made the US team), Alex Mohn and myself. I will compete in the creek race and the down river race on Gore Creek saturday. I started the Homestake Creek race 10 years ago with a few other locals, a stopwatch and a keg at the takeout. It is awesome to see how far it has come.
Along with all of the paddling events there are heaps of other distractions here in Vail all week. From canine comps to bouldering championships, Ultimate mountain Challanges, biking, running, paragliding, photo comps, free films and loads of free concerts. It is a must see event and one that is open to everyone and anyone. I do so many paddling events around the country but the Mountain Games truly brings the athletes, art, music and mountains to the heart of the Rockies.
There will be a lot of on line coverage for the event but the best way to get all the schedules and run downs as well as results) is to go to www.tevamountaingames.com
I will get some posts and pictures up here as the event happens as i will be covering all of them for the television program to air later this summer. Be on the look out for that as well.
Till then, paddle hard.