Your choice: Power of 4, Basalt Half, Aspen Tri
The Aspen Times
Active, outdoor enthusiasts will have their choice of sporting options for the weekend.
Saturday’s schedule, in particular, offers a plethora of competitive events for anyone interested in mountain biking, running, road biking, swimming — or any combination thereof.
The annual Aspen Triathlon/Duathlon will take off Saturday morning in the pool at the Aspen Recreation enter (ARC).
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Also Saturday morning, the 37th annual Basalt Half-Marathon will be held along the Fryingpan River on the road from Ruedi to Basalt.
And, the third annual Power of 4 Mountain Bike Race will be held — a race that covers all four ski areas in the Aspen/Snowmass region.
Last year, Aspen Nordic skier extraordinaire won the Power of 4 Mountain Bike Race, beating runner-up Lance Armstrong, a part-time Aspen resident and former cycling champion.
Biking stalwarts Tammy Jacques-Grewal and Rachel Hadley dominated in the pro women’s division last year.
The Power of 4, sponsored by the Aspen Skiing Co., will include solo riders and relay teams of two or four.
The race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. at the base of the Village Express lift in Snowmass Village.
Cyclists will ride up Snowmass to the base of the Big Burn to connect to the Cross Mountain Trail. From there, they ride over to the Elk Camp Summer Road and up to the top of the Vapor Trail. That connects to the Government Trail and the familiar route back to Buttermilk.
Stage 2 is a climb of Tiehack before crossing Maroon Creek to Aspen Highlands and Stage 3.
Access will be via the Teral Wade Bridge to the Aspen Recreation Center and then up the bike path to Aspen Highlands.
The climb there will be up Summer Road to the Congo Trail, down to Castle Creek and across to the start of the fourth stage, the climb up the backside of Aspen Mountain via Midnight Mine Road.
From there, it’s all the way up to the Sundeck.
Then, to the East Rim Trail. On to Scott’s Trail.
And a finish at the gondola building at the base of Aspen Mountain.
The course will cover 36 miles with 9,000 feet up and 9,000 feet back down.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the winner.
Race volunteers are needed. They will receive Helly Hansen race T-shirts.
Volunteers should contact Maria Hidalgo at mhidalgo@aspen snowmass.com.
Additional information is available at the Skico website at http://www.aspensnowmass.com.
The post-race party for the Power of 4 Mountain Bike Race will be hosted at Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain. The award ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m.
Online registration is available at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/poweroffour.
Swirbul won last year’s race, the only cyclist to finish in under four hours. He rode the course in 3:56.
Armstrong finished second in 4:01 with ski mountaineer Max Taam, of Aspen, third in 4:14. Taam won the inaugural edition of the Power of 4 Mountain Bike Race in 2011 (3:57).
Jacques-Grewal won the women’s race in 4:40 with Hadley a close second (4:47). Hadley, of Aspen, won the 2011 women’s race.
Taam is planning a Power of 4 double. He’s scheduled to run in the 50K trail race Sunday, one day after the 36-mile mountain bike race.
Saturday’s 37th annual race is the annual fundraiser for the Basalt High School cross country program.
The downhill course starts at Ruedi Reservoir and finishes in downtown Basalt.
Registration information for the Basalt Half-Marathon is available by calling director Ron Lund at 970-618-2063.
Power of 4 50K trail run
The Aspen Skiing Co. will present the Power of 4 50K trail race Sunday. Course maps and registration information are available online at the http://www.aspensnowmass.com.
The Power of Four trail race will start at the base of Aspen Mountain, climb to the Sundeck and follow trails through Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.
The finish is at Snowmass Base Village.
There will be a combined 10,000 feet of climbing over the 50-kilometer course.
The Zoot Aspen Triathlon/Duathlon, sponsored by Aspen Parks and Recreation, will return Saturday.
Th race is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event.
Participants must be USA Triathlon members or purchase a single-event permit to compete in the Aspen Tri.
Single-event permits are available.
There also are relays in each of the races, which include a duathlon with an aquabike ride as the second event.
Registration information is available at aspenrecreation.com.
The triathlon will start at 7 a.m. at the Aspen Recreation Center complex, the base for the Saturday events.
The duathlon (run/bike/run) will start at 7:10 a.m.
The duathlon (swim/aquabike) will begin with the early swim times.
For the triathlon, the swim will be 800 yards. That’s 32 lengths in a 25-yard pool. There will be six lanes with four swimmers per lane.
The bike section will feature a 17-mile ride up to Maroon Bells and back. Helmets are required.
The run portion is a 4-mile course beginning and ending at the ARC. The duathlon run/bike/run will open with a 2-mile run on a paved and dirt trail around the ARC. The 4-mile run will finish the run/bike/run duathlon.
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