Mountain bike race today at Snowmass |

Mountain bike race today at Snowmass

Today's Smuggler Hunter Creek mountain bike race will begin with the familiar climb up Smuggler Mountain Road. The race will start at 6 p.m.
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The Aspen Cycling Club will blaze a new trail today with the Snowmass Cross Country mountain bike race.

“The race will be a mix of classic Snowmass Village cross country trails and the brand new Exresso Trail,” said Mike Maple, Aspen Cycling Club president.

The weekly Aspen Cycling Club race will start at 6 p.m.

Registration, check-in and the start will be at the Two Creeks parking lot.

“The race will be a mix of classic Snowmass Village cross country trails and the brand new Exresso Trail,” said Mike Maple, Aspen Cycling Club president.

“Racers will race up the Owl Creek Trail (bike path) before taking a right onto the Tom Blake Trail,” Maple said. From there, the cyclists will take the Tom Blake Trail west across the mountain to Powerline, where riders will go left and climb up the Elk Camp work road.

“Head straight and uphill on the work road all the way to the top of the Elk Camp gondola,” Maple said.

Above the gondola building, mountain bikers will pick up the Expresso Trail and ride it west across the mountain until it drops into Cross Mountain, he said.

Riders will go left onto Cross Mountain and ride it across the trestle bridge to the Ullrhoff restaurant.

“From there, head downhill on the Sam’s Knob work road until taking a left onto KAR/Village Bound,” Maple said. Bikers will go down Village Bound all the way to the Dawdler work road.

“Racers will take left off of Village Bound for a sprintable finish on the work road,” Maple said.

He said the race will be followed by a sponsor party hosted by the New Belgium Ranger Station just downhill from the finish line.

The Ranger Station is located on the Snowmass Village Mall near Fanny Hill. The party will about 7 p.m.

Mountain bikers are invited to participate in today’s race.

Additional marshals are needed for today’s mountain bike race, including a sweep marshal to ride the course after everyone has headed out.

To volunteer, email Mouse at or call 970-618-4626.

In case of inclement weather, the Aspen Cycling Club Board of Directors will communicate with the race director to determine the club’s ability to operate a race that is safe for competitors and preserves the integrity of local trails.

For updates, check the Aspen Cycling Club website.

Last week, the club staged the Maroon Bells-Ashcroft road race. Cori Culp won the Senior Women A road race wtih Rachel Beck second.

Chris Carr won the Senior Men A race with Wade Newsom second and Max Taam third.

Chris Klug won the Vet Men A race with Dave Borchers second.

Wendy Lyall was first in the Vet Women division.

David Marrs won the Master Men race.

Jane Finsterwald won the Master Women’s category with Pam Alexander second.

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