Mountain bike race today at ‘Butterhack’ |

Mountain bike race today at ‘Butterhack’

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Back to the mountain bikes.

The Aspen Cycling Club weekly race series will return to mountain bikes today with the annual Butterhack Circuit Race.

The race, set to start at 6 p.m. today, will begin at the base of Tiehack.

The course will start up the four-wheel drive road from the base of the Tiehack lift. The course will loop around Tiehack and onto Buttermilk, using portions of the Oregon Trail and the main access road to the left of the Government Trail (through the root section).

“This race has it all,” said Mike Maple, of the Aspen Cycling Club. “It’s got sweet singletrack, ripping downhills and plenty of climbing to test your fitness.”

He said all area mountain bikers are invited to the race.

“Advance registration is not required,” Maple said. “Racers can register and pay at the start between 5 and 5:50 p.m.”

No registrations will be accepted after 5:50 P.M.

Entry fees are $5 for Aspen Cycling Club members and $10 for nonmembers. Prepaid members must check in before the race start.

Limited parking is available at the Tiehack lot. A portion of the course also will be used for a kids event.

Sport/Masters/Juniors will start at 6 p.m.

Kids will start shortly thereafter.

“Several marshals are needed for the race,” Maple said, including a sweep marshall to ride the course after the racers.

To volunteer for tonight’s race, email Mouse at or call her at 618-4626.

Next week, the Aspen Cycling Club will host the Frying Pan Road Race on June 19.

The Smuggler Hunter Creek Cross Country race will be held June 26.

The Aspen Cycling Club also encouraged cyclists to register for the 10th Ride for the Cure benefit for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The benefit will be Saturday, Aug. 17.

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