Smuggler Hunter Creek Race Announcement
The next Aspen Cycling Club race of the 2014 season takes place next Wednesday, June 18th at 6:00PM, starting at the base of Smuggler Mountain Road. We are excited to try a new course this year that incorporates BTS, tootsie roll and lollipop— lots of great singletrack climbing, tight switchbacks and challenging downhill!
The race will be followed by a party @ 7:15pm hosted by our sponsor, 520 Grill. Come by after your race for complimentary beer, sodas, and appetizers, 10% off combo meals, and 10% off À la carte items for club members and their families!
6:00pm Senior Men A
6:02pm Vet Men A
Racers will head up Smuggler Mountain Road (SMR). At the top of Smuggler, near the observation deck, continue STRAIGHT onto the Behind the Sign Trail (BTS). Continue on BTS trail staying LEFT at all the intersections. Take a LEFT on Smuggler Mountain Road, continue through the wooden gate and then a RIGHT on the southern portion of tootsie roll and ascend. At the top of Tootsie roll, take a LEFT for a very short descent down Smuggler Mountain Road and then a quick RIGHT back onto Tootsie roll and continue to descend. At the bottom of Tootsie Roll take a RIGHT onto Lollipop and traverse. Take a LEFT at the lollipop cutoff (LC) and descend. At the bottom of LC take a RIGHT at the Hunter Creek Cutoff and descend. At the capped mine area, make a RIGHT on the Iowa Shaft Trail and descend. After descending to the valley floor, take a RIGHT on the doubletrack and then A LEFT BEFORE CROSSING THE BRIDGE onto the hunter creek single track. Take a RIGHT onto the 10th Mountain Division bridge. Once over the bridge, continue STRAIGHT onto a short trail to the Four Corners Rd (FCR) and take a LEFT. Masters/Sport/Women’s categories will finish roughly 200 yards from the turn, at the base of Four Corners Road. All Senior Men A and Vet Men A racers will continue up FCR. Take a RIGHT on Lower Plunge(LP) and descend. At the bottom of LP take a RIGHT and continue on the Hunter Creek Valley Trail back to the base of four corners road and REPEAT making a second lap on the (FCR/LP/HCV) loop before finishing
Note from Race directors:
Please affix number plates IN FRONT of your brake and shifter cables. This makes it easier for officials read and record places at the finish.
Parking will be available at the base of Smuggler , but as always, competitors are encouraged to ride to the race.
Several marshals are needed for next week’s race, including a sweep marshal to ride the course after everyone has headed out. Marshal points will be awarded to members who give their time and effort to marshal. 30 points for the first race you marshal and 15 for all subsequent marshal days. To volunteer, please email Mouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 970-618-4626. Please let her know ASAP if you can marshal!
ACC Jackets- Also at the Viceroy Hotel party, we will be selling the new Aspen Cycling Club jackets. Cost is $75 for members and $95 for non-members. Please bring cash or check if you are interested. Quantities are limited and they will sell out fast!
Registration for membership in the Aspen Cycling Club and purchase of season long race packages is again available online through PreRace.com. Please visit http://www.prerace.com/races/event/46225/2014-Aspen-Cycling-Club-Membership to sign up. Online registration will close at 12:00 PM on the Tuesday before each race to allow us time to prepare all of the start and membership lists. To save time at registration during your first race, we encourage everyone to sign up online AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Old fashioned printable copies of membership applications can be found at http://www.aspencyclingclub.org/wp-content/ACC_Membership_Registration.pdf.
Online registration is preferred, but if you don’t choose this option, come to the start with your completed form and remember to bring your entry money. For your first race of the season, please arrive early to allow plenty of time to complete registration and pick up your race number. Registration opens at 5:00 PM and closes at 5:50 PM.
CANCELLATION POLICY: In the event of inclement weather on race day, the Aspen Cycling Club Board of Directors will communicate with the race director to determine the club’s ability to operate a race that is reasonably safe for competitors and for mountain bike races, preserves the integrity of local trails. All racers should assume that a final decision will be made at the start line by the race director. However, when possible, the Board of Directors will alert racers of a race cancellation prior to the start by emailing the club email group, posting on the website and the ACC Facebook page by 5 p.m. PLEASE DO NOT PHONE OR TEXT THE RACE DIRECTOR FOR RACE CANCELLATION INFORMATION. Call the ACC hotline 970-922-2000 for the latest information and details.