Mountain bike race Wednesday at Tree Farm |

Mountain bike race Wednesday at Tree Farm

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Mountain bike racing is on the agenda today with the Aspen Cycling Club's race at the tree farm in the midvalley.
Aspen Times file photo |

Call it a first for the Aspen Cycling Club.

The local cycling organization will host its first race at the Tree Farm property in El Jebel — a mountain bike race today as part of the weekly Aspen Cycling club race schedule.

“This year, we have an exciting new addition to the ACC mountain bike circuit with the first ever race on the private Tree Farm property adjacent to Highway 82 in El Jebel,” Aspen Cycling Club president Mike Maple said.

Wednesday’s 6 p.m. races are open to club members and nonmembers.

Early registration is encouraged, starting at 5 p.m. in the parking area.

Maple said the singletrack course at the Tree Farm is a treat for cyclists.

Cyclists should turn right at the light at the Whole Foods intersection. At the first T, make a left. Then make a right onto the dirt to the parking area for the Win Health Institute.

The sport, women, masters, high school and middle school categories will start at 6 p.m.

Senior Men A will start at 6:45 p.m.

According to Maple, each lap is 5.5 miles and includes 750 feet of climbing.

“The course is very different than the other MTB races offered by the club,” Maple said. “While there is little in the way of sustained climbs, what climbing there is tends to be very steep.”

He said the course is very technical with rocks, roots, sharp switchbacks and manmade features.

Because the race is on private land, all racers will be required to complete an additional liability waiver at registration.

Course marshals also are needed for Wednesday’s race.

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