It's that annual event, where pros mix with amateurs, bikes combine with music and the whole city comes together with cowbells. It's the Whiskey Off-Road Bike Race!
The thing about watching a mountain bike race is that most people gather together for the start, rattling their cowbells (you do have your cowbells ready, don’t you?) at the passing bike riders, and then wait. Depending on the length of the race, whether 15, 30 or 50 Proof, as in the Whiskey Off-Road Races, the wait can be two or three hours until the first riders come dashing in to the sound of more cowbells for that final winning sprint to the finish.
But, it’s not like that with the El Yucateco Pro Fat Tire Crit races for ladies and men. These are races where you can get up close and personal with the riders as they scream by, completing several mile-long laps before the winners are announced. The Criterium races, for Pros only, don’t take much longer than 20 minutes each; think uphill, downhill, bunched together, riding really, really fast.
See? Upclose and personal. Photo by Brenda Ernst.
However, the Crits are important, because the finish determines who gets the front starting positions in Sunday’s Pro race, enhancing their opportunity to come home with a fat check at the end of the day. There is also a cash prize for the Crit race, which is something new this year.
One thing to be aware of, though, is that parking will be strictly limited during this race. You’ll see lots of blocked-off parking spaces downtown, starting at 1 PM, so come early and scout out your spot. Hint: Try the Parking Garage on Granite Street. It’s just a short block or so away.
Press Release: El Yucateco Pro Fat Tire Crits
Experience THE KING OF FLAVOR in Prescott, Arizona!
The El Yucateco Pro Fat Tire Crits now offer $2,000 in cash prizes sponsored by El Yucateco.
The Fat Tire Crits are only open to the pro level event participants.
Friday, April 26 – Start Times
5:15p – Women’s Pro Race
6:00p – Men’s Pro Race
Crit Course Map and additional information:
El Yucateco Spices Up Pro Fat Tire Crits
Legendary hot sauce at Epic Rides Series events
(Prescott, Arizona) - Pro racers in the Epic Rides Series criterium events are going to be pedaling a whole lot faster this season.
Thanks to a sponsorship from El Yucateco Hot Sauce, dubbed “King of Flavor”, crit races at the four-stop series are Officially titled the El Yucateco Pro Fat Tire Crits and offer an $8,000 series wide purse, $2,000 per event.
For attendees that enjoy spicy foods and accouterments, as the Official Hot Sauce of Epic Rides events, El Yucateco will add flavor to food that event participants and spectators enjoy during event weekend at key partner restaurants in each host community. The Whiskey Off-Road weekend, The Barley Hound ( 234 S Cortez St, Prescott, AZ 86303) will be serving up El Yucateco Hot Sauce Infused menu items and cocktails to attendees including Green Devil Margarita featuring El Yucateco Green Chile Habanero Sauce and Pirate’s Old Fashioned featuring El Yucateco Red Chile Habanero Sauce.
El Yucateco is a family-owned company, known for hand-picked habanero peppers from the company's own fields that go into every bottle of hot sauce. In addition to supporting the Off-Road Series, the “King of Flavor” hot sauce will also be spicing up inspired menu items at select restaurants during each Epic Rides Series event in Prescott, Ariz. on April 26-28 , Grand Junction, Colo. on May 17-19, Carson City, Nev. on June 28-30, and Bentonville, Ark on Oct. 11-13.
“The pure energy, passion and enthusiasm that riders bring to mountain biking is awesome and we could not be more excited to join forces with Epic Rides this year.” said Amy Colella, VP of Marketing for El Yucateco, North America.
The Epic Rides Series welcomes mountain bikers of all experience levels with three different length courses challenging the mind and body as well as delivering awe-striking vistas of nature’s beauty. Each event has its own unique flavor and character thanks to the vibrant host cities that value the importance of healthy living and outdoor recreation.
For more information on the Epic Rides Series, visit epicrides.com or follow @epicrides, @whiskeyoffroad, @carsoncityoffroad, @grandjunctionoffroad and @oztrailsoffroad on social media channels.
For inspired food and drink recipes and the full line of El Yucateco hot sauces, visit elyucateco.com or follow @elyucateco on social media channels.