The next Aspen Cycling Club road race of the 2014 season takes place on Wednesday July 9th starting at a special start time, 5:30 PM. This classic ACC race will be held at the Woody Creek Raceway courtesy of the Aspen Racing and Sports Car Club. No access to the track is permitted prior to 5:00 PM. Please be cooperative and courteous to the Aspen Racing and Sports Car Club personnel and please be intelligent about how you park!
Never Ever Race:
The Woody Creek Criterium is part of our Never Ever race series. Love to ride your bike but not sure how to get started racing? Then our “never ever” races might be right for you! These races are designated on the 2014 calendar and are a fun safe way to try a cycling club race for the first time.
Of course, anyone can race any race on the calendar, but the “never ever” races are on courses that we think will be the best for beginner riders, a great way to meet other cyclists who have not raced before and gain race experience! And remember, your first race with the Aspen Cycling Club is always free!
This race takes place in Woody Creek. The turnoff to the race track is on McLain Flats Road, about one quarter of the way up the W/J hill from the Woody Creek Bridge and Jaffee Park. The track, typically used for local sports car racing, is approximately 1.1 miles per lap with gently rolling terrain on each seven corner lap. This will be your only opportunity to ride on the Raceway this season! For more information on the track see: http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/CO/AspenSportsCarClub.html
Start Times, Groups, and Race Times:
Special start time for Masters/Sport/Women/High-Middle School/Never Ever– 5:30 PM, to allow for a longer race!
5:30 PM- The first wave of racers will include all Women’s groups, plus all the Sport, Masters, and High School/Middle school riders, and the Never Ever category. This start group will race for approximately 30 minutes. For this group, please remember that there is no access to the race track till 5:00 pm. If you wish to start your warm-up earlier, you can park outside the track and use the nearby roads.
Approximately 6:15pm– The next race will be the Vet Men A. This group will race for approximately 40-45 minutes.
Approximately 7:10 PM- The final group of the evening will be the Senior Men A. This group will be racing for approximately 45 minutes.
Further details or any adjustments to the schedule, including the duration of races, will be provided at the START. Be aware that start times for the later races may be slightly different than those listed.
Race Finish and Placement:
This can a difficult race to score. As with most other ACC races, finish order is done by visual spotting by race officials and volunteer marshals. If you finish with a large group, please be sure to check in after your race with the finish marshals to confirm your finish order. Confirming finish order improves accuracy and expedites and simplifies production of results. We do everything we can to try to place people correctly and need your help to make this happen. Please be sure that your race numbers are pinned on correctly as well. They need to be located on your right rib cage in a position that can be easily read with your hands on the bars (see image below).
Eight (8) marshals are needed in order to put on this event. Please encourage friends and family to assist with this spectator friendly race. ACC 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. No experience required. Races won’t run smoothly without volunteer marshals! 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!
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.