On Saturday, September 1, 2007, the BMX and mountain biking community suffered a tremendous tragedy during the Jeep King of the Mountain finale in Colorado. Professional athlete, Tara Llanes suffered a horrific crash during the first run of her semi-final heat. Following seven hours of surgery to her the back and spinal cord, it was determined she had no feeling from the waist down. Tara has been a phenomenal competitor throughout her career, and a dear friend to everyone in the mountain biking community around the world. The Tara Llanes Classic was originally started to benefit Tara’s recovery efforts, but has over the years, become a way to support other injured athletes, as well as the research efforts of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center.
The weekend’s festivities include a cross-country mountain bike race on Saturday, and a Super D race on Sunday, as well as an expo, Shimano kid’s race, bike clinics with Specialized Bicycles athletes Lindsay and Kirt Voreis, video screenings, a Sierra Nevada BBQ, raffles and more. This event provides opportunities for the whole family to participate.
“We’ve got a cross-country event, we’ve got a Super D event, a kid’s race, and an industry cup, so we’ve really grown this event. And, we’ve had a lot of sponsors really latch on and get behind the cause and what we’re all about,” said Llanes. “And, I of course want to be in mountain biking wherever I can fit in. That’s my passion. I wouldn’t feel right being anywhere else.”
Special group rates for lodging on-site at Northstar are available and valid September 27-October 1. To take advantage of this offer, guests should call 1.888.298.3156 and mention code 12NTLC to receive the discount.
For more information about the Tara Llanes Classic or Northstar California Resort, visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com. To view the video previewing the event, visit http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=50175834.
About Northstar California Resort
One of the finest year-round mountain resorts in North America, Northstar is host to a base area village featuring unique shops and restaurants, a conference center, 9,000 square foot outdoor skating rink, movie theaters, on-site lodging, special events and more. A winter sport enthusiast’s paradise, Northstar offers 97 ski trails spread across 3,170 acres, award-winning terrain parks and snow sports including alpine and Telemark skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing. Summer activities include mountain biking, golfing, scenic lift rides for sightseeing and hiking, fly-fishing and more.
Northstar is located on Highway 267, just six miles north of Lake Tahoe and six miles south of downtown Truckee. For more information, call 1.800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.
About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the