Two-day bike relay returns to Summit |

Two-day bike relay returns to Summit

The second annual Newsweek 24 Hours of Donner Pass returns to the Donner Ski Ranch this Saturday through Sunday.

Twenty-four Hours of Donner Pass is a mountain bike relay race. Starting at noon Saturday at Donner Ski Ranch, teams of four and five members take turns biking laps throughout the night and until noon on Sunday.

Teammates bike the 10-mile loop that features 1,500 feet of vertical climbing per lap. Teammates exchange batons relay-style at the end of each lap.

With 16 different classes, designed to accommodate everyone from elite racers to recreational riders, the objective is to complete the most laps.

More than an individual endurance test, the team format emphasizes camaraderie, teamwork, speed and fun.

“I thought this race was just great. The competition is a small part of the event: It’s just fun and you get to know the other racers. It’s unlike any other event because you get to see different aspect of the day – I mean, you’re out there riding at 3 a.m,” said Rachel Woods of Olympic Valley, part of the winning women’s sport class team at last year’s race.

Entry fees vary according to the different classes.

Coed Pro/Am Team Entry Fee (two men, two women) costs $150 per racer. For all other four-person teams, the entry fee costs $100 per racer.

The five-person open team entry fee costs $100 per racer.

The men and women’s solo pro entry fee costs $300, and the duo pro/expert team entry fee cost $200 per racer.

Registration for the Donner Pass event is in the main lodge beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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