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Public demo options growing for mountain bikers

New Vail, Colorado event, The Outlier, will feature demos and expo with 20 brands as well as XC and enduro races.

Riders in the Rocky Mountain region will have a new demo and expo event to include on their calendars this fall as the inaugural Outlier Offroad Festival is set to take place September 26-27 in Vail, Colorado. Outlier joins the likes of Outerbike — now in its sixth year in Moab, Utah — as a chance for mountain bikers to see the coming season’s new wares.

In addition to the expo and demo options, which include more than 30 brands, Outlier includes a 25-mile cross-country race on Saturday and a three-stage enduro on Sunday. Organizers are offering a $25,000 prize purse to split between the two races.

Outerbike, scheduled for the weekend after Outlier, October 1-4, doesn’t feature races but offers guided rides, clinics, organized shuttles, and parties. Currently, it lists about 50 exhibitors scheduled for this fall’s event. Organizers also offer a March event in Moab, as well as a June event in Whistler, British Columbia.

Registration for Outlier expo ranges from $12-$129, depending on one- or two-day options, lift ticket options, and the VIP package. Race registration is separate. Outerbike’s registration packages range from $35-$175, again depending on options.

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