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Registration now open for Killington Stage Race

Cycling event returns to Memorial Day weekend

Registration is now open for the 2013 Killington Stage Race, which is set to return to the region May 25-27.  One of cycling's top Eastern events, this race attracts over 600 competitive cyclists annually from across the country for three days of racing one of New England's most challenging courses. It also provides a huge annual boost to the local economy during a historically slow time of year.
Race Director Gary Kessler says momentum for the race continues to build each year.  "Since the return of the Killington Stage Race in 2010, we have seen growing interest and look forward to a great event once again this May with some fresh pavement and improved bridges along with a few other changes that will make for a fantastic race."

Popular with cyclists and spectators alike, the Killington Stage Race is a series of three races structured to cover a variety of terrain and distances, and set against the cool, lush landscape of Vermont's Green Mountains. Amateur and professional racers kick off the weekend on Saturday, May 25 at the Killington Skyeship with the Citizen's Circuit Race, featuring an exciting sprint during every lap. Sunday's Stage 2 is the 62-mile road race featuring the brutal 5-mile climb up East Mountain Road to the finish. This year, for the first time, a Gran Fondo has been added to the road race. Monday features an 11-mile individual time trial.

The Killington Stage Race was founded in 1987 and ran for 14 years before being cancelled in 2000 due to a lack of funding. It was revived in 2010 by the Town of Killington's Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

"The Stage Race is a spectacular cycling event that brings great crowds and a competitive spirit to town during a holiday weekend that used to be considered the off-season. It is a fantastic way to kick off the summer tourism season and showcase our region," says Killington Town Manager Seth Webb.

Registration for the 2013 Killington Stage Race is now open on at www.killingtonstagerace.com. Registration closes on May 21 at 5 p.m. Organizers are also looking for volunteer course marshals, sprint judges, and drivers for support vehicles.

The Killington Stage Race is sponsored by the Town of Killington and directed by App Gap Productions. More information can be found at www.discoverkillington.com.