The Aspen Cycling Club 2013 race series starts Wednesday April 24 @ 6:00 PM with the traditional Difficult Time Trial! Our first race of the season will be followed by our first party hosted by our new sponsor, 520 Grill. Come by after your race for complimentary beer, sodas, and appetizers, 20% off combo meals, and 10% off À la carte items for club members. The party starts at 7pm.
Once again, online registration for membership in the Aspen Cycling Club and purchase of season long race packages is available at http://www.prerace.com/races/event/45371/Aspen-Cycling-Club. Online membership registration will close at 7:00 PM on the Tuesday before each race to allow us time to prepare all of the start and membership lists. We encourage everyone to sign up online as soon as possible. We will have a separate faster line for pre-registered racers at the Difficult Time Trial. Old fashioned printable copies of membership applications can be found at http://www.aspencyclingclub.org/uploads/Membership-Application-WEB-ACC-2013.pdf Please mail these in immediately to allow for delivery and processing ahead of the first race or bring them to the start.
Please arrive early to allow plenty of time to complete registration and pick up your race number. Registration opens @ 5:00 PM and closes @ 5:50 PM. Online registration is preferred, but if you don’t chose this option, come to the start with your completed form and remember to bring your entry $$. You can only earn ACC points if you are an ACC member. Teams – team captains and individuals – be sure to report your team affiliations! As we have done in the past, only the top three finishers in each category earn points for their respective teams. There remains no limit on how many members can be on each team. We encourage everyone to join a team and teams to actively recruit members.
The 2013 Aspen Cycling Club race season begins with the traditional Difficult road time trial. The start and finish are on Highway 82 just past the Difficult Campground entrance about 3.5 miles east of Aspen. The first racer departs at 6:00 PM and racers start every 30 seconds. The course runs from the base of Independence Pass/Difficult Campground west on Highway 82 toward Aspen. Racers turn around at the cone near the Northstar Preserve Bridge and return to the start to finish. Total race length is about 5 miles, and 11 to 17 minutes of effort. The course is “rolling and curvy”.
Please be aware of the Aspen Cycling Club Time Trial Start procedure:
– Competitors must arrive in the start queue no later than 30 seconds before their start. Failure to meet this requirement will mean a forfeiture of start position and relegation to end of start list.
– All time trial racers are required to start from a full stop – if race officials/marshals/volunteers are available, each racer will be held for a time trial start. If no holder is available, each racer must start with one foot on ground.
Very limited parking is available at the Difficult Campground entrance and east (uphill) of the start along the shoulder. Riders are encouraged to ride to the start from Aspen as a part of their warm-up.
Marshals are always needed and 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. No experience required, friends and family greatly appreciated! Please remember that the 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! Racers can also email Mouse in advance to request a specific start time.
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. Entry fees are $5 for ACC members and $10 for nonmembers. Prepaid members must check in before the race start.