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Sign-up begins for Master of the Mass

Jeremy Swanson/blog.aspenchamber.orgA rider hits a banked turn in the mountain biking trail system at Snowmass, where the inaugural Master of the Mass competition will take place in July.
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SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Online registration for a new, four-stage mountain-biking competition at Snowmass is under way at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/master.

The inaugural Master of the Mass will take place July 13 through 15, offering pro and amateur divisions for men and women. The prize purse for the pro division is $3,000.

The registration price for competitors also has been announced – $110 per participant or $150 including a seven-day lift pass, valid from July 10 through July 16.



The event covers the trail system at Snowmass with four individual stages and one unique challenge – all racers must choose one bike to use for all four disciplines. Final results will be based on cumulative times posted by competitors in each division.

The tentative schedule for Master of the Mass (it has been changed since the event was first announced) is as follows:



The super-downhill time trial – the “crown jewel” of the race, according to organizers. 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. A welcome party follows in Base Village with a DJ and drinks.

The cross-country race will begin with a mass start at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola and incorporate various trails, concluding with a ride down Valhalla (the new Gravity Logic trail) and the finish in Base Village.

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. An after-party will follow.

The downhill time trial on a course accessed from the top of the Village Express chairlift and finishing in Base Village. Practice begins at 9 a.m.

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


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