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Master of the Mass to debut at Snowmass

Jeremy Swanson/aspensnowmass.comThe mountain biking trails at Snowmass will challenge competitors in a new event, Master of the Mass, this summer.
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SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Registration begins May 1 for a new, four-stage mountain-bike race to take place this summer at Snowmass.

The Master of the Mass series will offer pro and amateur divisions for men and women, challenging competitors on a variety of terrain July 13 through 15. The catch: Racers must choose one bike to use for all four disciplines – a chainless downhill, a cross-country race, a downhill and a super-downhill.

Riders will tackle more than 8,000 vertical feet of descending terrain over the course of the four-stage event. Final results will be based on each competitor’s cumulative time in the divisions for the pro men and women and the amateur men and women. The pro division offers a $3,000 prize purse.



Registration opens May 1 at http://www.aspensnowmass.com. There’s no word yet on the registration fee.

The following is a tentative schedule with preliminary course descriptions:



• 4 p.m. July 13 – The chainless downhill time trial begins at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, descends down Snowmass Way and the new Funnel trail, and finishes in Base Village. A DJ, drinks and a welcome party are planned at the finish line.

• 10 a.m. July 14 – The cross-country race will begin with a mass start at a location to be determined in Snowmass Village. Racers will climb to the Cross Mountain trail, ride down Valhalla (the new Gravity Logic trail) and finish in Base Village.

• 3 p.m. July 14 – The downhill time trial will take each racer down the pro downhill course accessed from the top of the Village Express chair, with a finish in Base Village. A post-race party will follow.

• 9 a.m. July 15 – The super-downhill time trial – the “crown jewel” of the race, according to organizers – is the final stage. The course features a drop of more than 4,000 feet from the top of the Elk Camp chair all the way to the rodeo parking lot, taking in the Vapor, Government, Anaerobic Nightmare, Highline and Lowline trails along the way.

An award ceremony and closing party will follow at 1 p.m. in Snowmass Base Village.


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