SNOWMASS VILLAGE -Registration is still open for the Power of Four Mountain Bike Race on Aug. 25. This race combines the four ski areas of Aspen/Snowmass - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - into one challenging course. New this year, the race concludes with a thrilling single track descent of Aspen Mountain. The field will consist of solo racers and relay teams (of two or four people) from the bike community in Aspen and Snowmass Village, regionally and beyond. Racers will start at the base of the Snowmass ski area and end at the bottom of Aspen Mountain. With an estimated 9,000-foot vertical gain and 9,000-foot vertical drop over 36 miles of top-rated single-track and demanding double-track ascents, plus travel over four mountains, this race will challenge even the fittest riders.Shock Top Belgian White will raffle off a 2013 Giant Anthem X 29er 0 at the conclusion of the race. All race participants will be automatically entered and must be present to win. The bike will be ordered to size and delivered in the spring of 2013. The public is encouraged to watch from the following locations (times are an estimate based on the average racer, according to a statement from Aspen Skiing Co.): 8 a.m. - Snowmass Base Village for the start of the race9 a.m. - Ride Elk Camp Gondola (or hike up) to view from Elk Camp Caf10 a.m. - Base of TiehackNoon - 4 p.m. - Top of Aspen Mountain12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Base of Aspen Mountain for the finish. Online registration is open at www.aspensnowmass.com/poweroffour until 5 p.m. on Aug. 24. Registration is $100 for solo racers; $175 for teams of two and $265 for teams of four.For the course map and additional information,visit www.aspensnowmass.com/ poweroffour.com.
Stage 1: Snowmass Start at 8 a.m. in Base Village (at the base of the Village Express lift in Snowmass)Ride up Snowmass to the base of Big Burn/Ullrhof to Cross Mountain TrailCross Mountain Trail over to Elk Camp Summer RoadElk Camp Summer Road to top of Vapor TrailVapor trail to Government Trail, Government Trail to Buttermilk TiehackRelay at Tiehack for teams of four Stage 2: Buttermilk Base of Tiehack to top of Buttermilk via Summer RoadsTop of Buttermilk to Government TrailGovernment Trail to base of TiehackRelay at Tiehack for teams of two and four Stage 3: Aspen Highlands Tiehack parking lot to base of Highlands via the recreation center bridge and up the bike path to the base of Aspen HighlandsAspen Highlands Summer Road up to the Grand Traverse Grand Traverse to the Congo TrailCongo Trail down to Castle Creek RoadRelay for teams of four at Castle Creek Road/Midnight Mine Road Stage 4: Aspen Mountain Castle Creek Road to Midnight Mine Road Midnight Mine Road to Little Annie's intersectionLittle Annie's to top of Richmond RidgeRichmond Ridge to East Rim single-trackEast Rim to Aspen Mountain Summer Road CrossingSummer Road to top of Aspen Mountain Single-track descent to finish line at the base of Aspen Mountain