Aspen Cycling Club’s final road race of the 2012 season takes place Wednesday, August 29th at 6:00PM starting in Emma. As the name implies, a variety of road surfaces, including pavement, dirt and gravel highlight this challenging road route. This is an exciting race course for the last road race of the season.
As part of Aspen Cycle Week, there is a group road ride Thursday night to the Snowmass concert. The ride departs at 4 pm from Whitaker Park in Aspen (corner of Monarch and Hopkins). Wear your ACC gear! Participating riders get access to the VIP tent at the concert. Transportation back to Aspen will be provided for riders and bikes. This is the last Thursday night concert of the summer, so enjoy the show in style.
The next Mountain Bike Race of the 2012 season takes place Wednesday, August 15th at 6:00PM as we bring back the Snowmass Divide Race. This year, the course has been extended to traverse the Snowmass ski area and finish at Base Village.
START AND FINISH LOCATION
Registration and START will be at the end of the pavement on Snowmass Creek Road (a couple miles past the Deaf Camp). The race will head out on the dirt section of Snowmass Creek Road to the Snowmass Divide. At the top of the Divide racers will take a hard right on to the Ditch Trail, following Ditch Trail to Connector Trail. Racers will climb Connector Trail to the intersection with Government, head east on Government to the intersection with Village Bound. Riders then DESCEND Village Bound to the Thornton Work Road. (CAUTION: Thornton Work Road is a fast, mostly downhill, dirt road with lots of loose gravel and some pot holes) At the end of Thornton Work Road, riders will have a short climb on paved road (Wood Road) to connect with the Elk Camp Work Road; proceed on Elk Camp Work Road. At the intersection with Easy Rider all categories, EXCEPT SENIOR MEN A and VET MEN A, will descend to the FINISH at Base Village.
Senior Men A and Vet Men A will continue on the Elk Camp Work Road to the intersection with Power Line; at the bottom of Power Line take a left on to Tom Blake Trail, follow Tom Blake Trail across (and up) East Ridge Lane (paved) continuing on Ridge Trail to the intersection with Easy Rider and the final descent to the FINISH at Base Village
START ORDER: Senior Men A start at 6:00 PM sharp followed by Vet Men A at 6:02 and remaining classes at 6:04.
PARKING is limited on Snowmass Creek Road; we encourage all riders to park in Snowmass Village and ride down the Divide and Snowmass Creek Road to the start line (Approximately 5 miles)
INFORMAL GATHERING. Support the local Snowmass economy by sticking around for a beverage, appetizer, or meal at Base Camp Bar and Grill after the Finish. (THIS IS NOT AN ACC SPONSORED PARTY)
MARSHALS: 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. New for this year, 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. To volunteer, please email (new this year) Mouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 618-4626. Please let her know ASAP if you can Marshal! Marshals check in @ 5:30 PM at the registration area on Snowmass Creek Road
The Aspen Cycling Club generally adopts all USAC rules. For more information, see: http://www.usacycling.org/forms/USAC_rulebook.pdf. A few rules that we focus on include:
Center Line Rule: As always, for safety and the tolerance of local governments and other road users, all ACC racers are required to ride to the right of the centerline. That means that if your tires touch the paint, that is a violation. In addition to safety considerations, it is not sporting to cross the center line to advance one’s position.
Road position and passing: Generally racers should be on the right edge of the roadway to allow cars and other riders to pass. Courteously alert other riders and racers when overtaking them. Passing is permitted on both the right and left of riders as space permits. Do not impede the progress of a passing rider. Riding dangerously, pushing or pulling is prohibited.
Bicycle Equipment: Subject to a few configuration details, racers can ride any type of bike in any discipline. For mass start road races, aero bars, forearm supports or other handlebar extensions or attachments that point forward are prohibited.
Drafting: Racer are allowed to draft or work with riders that they started the race with only. Racers are not allowed to draft or work with riders that started in a wave before or after them, even if mingling is occurring at some point during the race.
Race Finish and Placement: ACC races are run with stopwatches and visual spotting by race officials and volunteer Marshals. If you finish in a pack or group, please check in to confirm your finish placement and order with a race official/Marshall (not Mouse, who will still be scoring finishes!). Confirming finish order expedites and simplifies production of results.
Highlands-Maroon Bells-Castle Creek-Little Annie Road Race
The next race of the Aspen Cycling Club season is the classic Highlands-Maroon Bells-Castle Creek-Little Annie Road Race, on Wednesday, August 8thth at 6:00 pm starting at Highlands. At 25 miles and 2,600 feet of climbing for Women/Citizens/Masters and 36 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing for the A Men, this is ACC’s second longest race of the season. Repaving of Castle Creek Road is currently underway. We will be monitoring this work and it may be necessary to adjust the race course depending on road work status.
Registration and start is at the Highlands Bus stop. From the Aspen Highlands ski area, racers head up Maroon Creek Road to the Maroon Bells. Turn around at the exit to the main parking lot and descend back down. In order to by-pass the roundabout, riders will be routed to Castle Creek via the bike path at the roadway entrance to the Middle & Elementary Schools. The bike path is a neutral zone – no racing and passing! Please use care and ride cautiously through this portion of the route. Veer right, up hill above Prince of Peace Chapel to Meadowood Drive. Follow Meadowood Drive to Castle Creek Road. Once on Castle Creek Road, it’s game on with an ascent up King Hill to Little Annie Road or past Ashcroft. All Women, Sport, Masters and Junior categories will finish at Little Annie Road on the way up. The Senior Men and Vet Men A category racers will continue (road work permitting) all the way to the end of the Castle Creek Road to the Pearl Pass turn off climbing before turning around and descending to the finish at Little Annie Road. The 200 meter sign will be displayed in both directions. Call the ACC hotline 970-922-2000 for the latest information and details.
This is the most Marshal intensive race of the season! Ten (10) Marshals are needed in order to safely put on this event. Please encourage your friends and family to help Marshal this event! 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. New this year, every time members and non-members 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. No experience required. To volunteer, please email (new this year) Mouse at email@example.com or call her at 618-4626. Please let her know ASAP if you can Marshal!
Start order will be Senior Men A at 6:00, then Vet Men A two minutes later, followed by all Women’s categories plus Sport, Masters, Juniors three minutes later.
Race changes and/or cancellation due to inclement weather will be announced at the Start.
All area riders are encouraged to come out and race. Advance registration is not required. Racers can register and pay at the START between 5:00 and 5:50. No registration available after 5:50. Entry fees are $5 for ACC members and $10 for nonmembers. Prepaid members must check in before the race start.