Maroon Bells/Ashcroft/Castle Creek Road Race- Wednesday 7/23/14
The next race on the Aspen Cycling Club calendar is the classic Maroon Bells/Ashcroft/Castle Creek road race taking place on Wednesday, July 23rd. The race starts at 6:00 pm at the base of Aspen Highlands ski area. This is the ACC’s second longest race of the season!
520 Grill Post race party- This event will be followed by a post-race party in downtown Aspen hosted by our sponsor, 520 Grill. The party will start around 7:45 pm. Come by for complimentary beer, soda, and appetizers.
Both registration and the start line are located at the base of Aspen Highlands ski area near the bus stop and upper parking lot. Registration will take place from 5:00-5:50 pm.
Start Order/Race Course:
6:00 pm- Senior Men A
6:02 pm- Vet Men A
6:05 pm- All Women’s categories plus Sport, Masters, and High School/Middle School.
Senior Men A/Vet Men A- Course for these two groups is 36 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing. From the start at Aspen Highlands ski area, racers turn left up Maroon Creek Road to the Maroon Bells. You will turn around at the exit to the main parking lot and descend back down past Aspen Highlands. In order to by-pass the roundabout on Highway 82, riders will be routed to Castle Creek via the bike path at the roadway entrance to the Aspen Middle & Elementary Schools. The bike path is a neutral zone – no racing and no passing! Please use care and ride cautiously through this portion of the route. You may encounter pedestrians on the path. Veer right on the bike path, up hill above the Aspen Chapel to Meadowood Drive. Take a left on Meadowood Drive and follow it to Castle Creek Road. Once on Castle Creek Road, the neutral section is over and it’s game on with an ascent up King Hill to Little Annie Road and on to Ashcroft. The Senior Men A and Vet Men A racers will continue all the way to the end of the pavement on Castle Creek Road at the Pearl Pass turn off before turning around and descending to the finish at Little Annie Road.
Women’s categories plus Sport, Masters, and High School/Middle School- The course for this group is 25 miles long with 2,600 feet of climbing. You will follow the same course as the Senior Men A/Vet Men A from the start up to the Maroon Bells and down to Meadowood Drive and Castle Creek Road. All racers in this start wave will finish at Little Annie Road on the way up. You will not continue to Ashcroft.
The 200 meter sign will be displayed in both directions to give your lead-out man/woman the cue before the finish.
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 technically a violation. In addition to safety considerations, it is not sporting to cross the center line to advance one’s position.
Race Finish and Placement
This can be 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 in 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.
Eleven (11) marshals are needed in order to put on this event. Please encourage friends and family to assist with 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 email@example.com 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.