The Aspen Cycling Club has a great race schedule planned for the 2016 season with 9 road and 9 mountain bike races starting on April 27th and ending with their banquet at the Limelight Hotel on September 14th. The race schedule features “classic” ACC races, new variations of some of the classics, as well as a revival of the Hospital/ Ashcroft/South Hayden race. Races are on Wednesday evenings, registration opens at 5pm, race starts at 6pm.
If you’re not a racer but want to meet other riders, consider volunteering as a marshal at one of the ACC’s Wednesday evening races. The ACC has also scheduled a volunteer trail work evening, set for July 13th. Huge thanks to the ACC and it’s members for supporting RFMBA with matching challenge grant in 2015!
Each lap is 5.50 miles and contains 750 vertical feet of climbing. The race will begin with .8 miles of dirt road and double track, giving ample time to pass before the course hits the single track (and a steep climb) and the fun begins!
The course is very different than the other MTB races offered by the club. While there is little in the way of sustained climbs, what climbing there is tends to be (very) steep. The course is very technical, with rocks, roots, sharp switchbacks, and some inventive man-made features set to challenge a rider’s skill. If there was ever an ACC race to leave the hardtail at home and bring the trail bike, this is the one!