I’m pleased to announce the 2017 season and the 30th anniversary of the Aspen Cycling Club! We have a great race schedule planned with eight road and eight mountain bike races, starting on May 10 and ending with our banquet at the Limelight Hotel on September 13. The race schedule features classic ACC races, new variations of some of the classics, as well as three new races that include the Seven Star Trail, single track on The Crown in Carbondale, and the return of road racing on Missouri Heights. This season has been made possible because of the hard work and dedication of our volunteer board. I would also like to recognize departing board members Mark Logan, Mike Maple, Charlie Eckart and Aaron Pool for their contributions. This season the Board welcomes Scott Leonard, Heidi Mellin, Andrew Ralston, and Sara Shaw.
The biggest change for the 2017 season is a revision of our marshal points and Trails Day points. Every member of ACC is expected to help by marshaling at least once. This year we have eliminated points awarded for marshaling, which removes the loopholes that have too often decided end-of-season results. Listening to member feedback we will now allow proxy marshals, because ACC races cannot happen without the help of Club members, friends, and family. For more details, please see the Rules section of our website.
ACC again will host one Trails Day on Wednesday, July 5 to encourage giving back to our local trails system. New this year, we will award 30 mountain points and 30 road points for participants of our Trails Day. If you cannot make Trails Day, alternative, verified arrangements can be made through RFOV. Please see our Trails Day page for more information.
Chris Head will be taking over this season as ACC’s new Race Director from Lisa Poole. Chris is an experienced mountain biker and Aspen Ambulance District EMT. Lisa will help bring Chris up to speed. Assistant Race Director Ned Ryerson and Results Coordinator John Callahan will be back.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our 2017 sponsors. These sponsors make it possible for us to continue to offer an exceptional and low-cost race series, and more importantly, continue to allow us to award several youth scholarships each year. Please keep these businesses in mind as you look for goods and services in the Valley. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, the cost of participating in ACC races remains an extraordinary value—the full-season road and mountain package ($135) covers your membership fee and entry into races—less than many single-day events in Colorado. If you elect not to purchase a season race package, race-day registration is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Membership and race entry for junior racers (18 and under) will continue to be FREE.
Please register for the season online and save $10 versus payment by mail or at a race start. Online registration simplifies membership registration for competitors and expedites early-season data entry for results tabulation. To register online, go to the Registration page and click Register. I encourage everyone to purchase one of the race packages when registering—this allows you to participate in several races for free, eliminates the need to bring $5 to each race, and expedites race-day registration. Plus, it makes life easier for our amazing staff, Race Director Chris Head and Results Coordinator John Callahan!
With that, a warm welcome to the 2017 season!
President, Aspen Cycling Club