Welcome to the 2014 Aspen Cycling Club racing season. For 2014, we will have a full schedule of 11 road races and 8 mountain bike races starting on April 30 and ending with our banquet at the Limelight Hotel on September 10. The race schedule features the “classic” ACC races, as well as a few new races including a Short Track MTB race at Crown Mountain Park, an Enduro at Snowmass and a season ending, participation based, three man team time trial up to the Bells and back! In addition, eleven ACC or sponsor-hosted post race parties have been scheduled.
Love to ride your bike but not sure how to get started racing? Then our “never ever” races could be your ticket! These races are designated on the 2014 calendar and are a fun safe way to try a club race for the first time.
Of course, you 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 – both road and mountain. This is a great opportunity to race with others that have not raced before and gain race experience and confidence! And remember, your first race with the Aspen Cycling Club is always free! We’d love to have you!!!
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, the cost of participating in Aspen Cycling Club races remains an extraordinary value—the full season road and mountain package ($135.00) covers your membership fee and entry into 18 races—less than many single-day events in Colorado. If you elect not to purchase a season race package, race-day registration is just $5.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members. Membership and race entry is FREE for Kids and High School/Middle School categories!
We are excited to offer online membership registration and race-package purchase via PreRace.com for the third year. New this year, the ACC will absorb all PreRace fees AND offer a $5.00 discount 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 ACC web site “Application” page and follow the link to PreRace. I encourage anyone who plans to race regularly to purchase one of the race packages when registering—this will allow you to race several races for free, eliminates the need to remember to bring your $5.00 to each race, and expedites race-day registration. Please note race package prices include your membership dues. You may still register the “old-fashioned” way, by filling out an application form (attached to a hard copy of the newsletter or downloaded from the website).
On the evening of Wednesday, July 30th, we will partner with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers to hold a trails-maintenance night. Trail selection, meeting time and other details are to be determined, but we will work till dusk and follow the work session with a dinner and drinks. To encourage as many club members as possible to join the trail crew that night, members will receive 30 ACC race points toward the mountain and combined series. In addition to our members’ labor, ACC uses a portion of the membership dues to make a cash donation to Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers—last year our contribution was $1,600. As trail users and mountain biking enthusiasts, it is our responsibility to help maintain trails in our community. We encourage you to contact RFOV at www.rfov.org to find additional opportunities to help maintain our local trails.
I am pleased to announce Shane Aspen Real Estate’s return as the Aspen Cycling Club’s Presenting Sponsor alongside long-time ACC Presenting Sponsor Alpine Bank. In addition to Shane, we have several new sponsors including Aspen Anesthesia, Pros in Motion, Forum Phi Architecture, Strafe, Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen Community Foundation, Care for Cycling, and Aspen Sports Medicine. A huge thanks to all our 2014 sponsors! These sponsors make it possible for us continue to offer an exceptional and low-cost race series. Please keep these businesses in mind as you look for goods and services in the valley.
Our race director Susan Carollo (Mouse) and assistant race director Ned Ryerson will return again this year. Mouse and Ned do a fantastic of making sure our races run smoothly and safely. They cannot do this without the help of the club members, friends, and family. Please remember that every member is expected to help marshal at least one race every season. Series points will be awarded for marshalling races. In addition, every time you marshal a race your name will be added into a special end-of-season raffle; the more you marshal the more chances you’ll have to win.