Power of Four endurance tests return to Aspen-Snowmass
The annual endurance test involving all four area ski mountains will return with a vengeance this week.
The annual Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike Race will kick off the endurance weekend on Saturday.
The Audi Power of Four Trail Run will follow on Sunday. Both will involved terrain at all four ski areas — Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain.
The mountain bike event will start at the base of Snowmass and will cover 33 miles to the finish at the base of Aspen Mountain.
The bikers will go up and down Snowmass before heading to Buttermilk via the Goverment Trail.
Then, it’s on to Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain.
There will be 8,389 feet of vertical gain to go with 8,897 feet of vertical descent with the finish line at the base of the gondola st Aspen Mountain.
There also is a Power of Two mountain bike event that covers the first two mountains on the route — Snowmass and Buttermilk. The course is 17 miles and incudes the popular Snowmass Bike Park trail called Vapor.
According to officials of the sponsoring Aspen Skiing Co., categories for the Power of Four Mountain Bike Race will include male, female, male singlespeed and female singlespeed.
Prizes for the race will feature a $2,500 prize purse divided among the top three men and women finishers for the full Power of Four course.
Entry to the event includes a Helly Hansen Power of Four technical shirt, post-race meal, free beer, chip timing with results at the finish line and a custom finisher gift.
The trail-running program on Sunday will be highlighted by the 50K ultra race, named the U.S. Skyrunner Series North American Continental Championships.
It will start at the base of Aspen Mountain on Sunday morning.
There also will be a 10K and a 25K option for trail runners.
In addition, there will be a Vertical K planned on Saturday.
The 50K Ultra that covers all four Aspen-Snowmass mountains with a mix of singletrack and dirt roads.
The course will have 12,178 feet of elevation gain and 11,632 feet of elevation descent on the 31-mile course.
The finish will be at the Snowmass Base Village.
The 25K trail race will go along the Government Trail between Buttermilk and Snowmass with 4,900 feet of climbing.
The 10K is new this year.
It will start at the Elk Camp restaurant located midmountain at Snowmass and will finish at the Snowmass Base Village.
The U.S. Skyrunner Series Vertical K will challenge runners Saturday to be the fastest to the top of Aspen Mountain, three miles and 3,267 feet of elevation gain.
The Power of Four Trail Race will have a total prize purse of $5,000.
Prizes for the 50K will be $3,500 divided among the top three men and women. For the 25K, prizes are $1,000 and for the Vertical K $500.
For more, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com.
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