Maroon Bells – Ashcroft (Road Race)

PRESENTED BY THE ASPEN CHAMBER RESORT ASSOCIATION (ACRA)

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ACC MEMBERS (INCLUDING JUNIORS) ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO PRE-REGISTER FOR MASS START RACES.
SIMPLY CHECK-IN AT THE RACE DIRECTOR’S TABLE PRIOR TO THE START.

REMINDER: BECAUSE THIS IS A MASS START RACE ON OPEN ROADS MIDDLE SCHOOL RACERS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE.

Date: July 14, 2021
Location: Base of Highlands
Start Time: 6:00pm
Event Type: Road Race

Course Description: Both the short and long courses share the first 25 miles. From the start at Aspen Highlands ski area, racers turn left up Maroon Creek Road to the Maroon Bells. You will turn around at the exit to the main parking lot and descend back down past Aspen Highlands. In order to by-pass the roundabout on Highway 82, riders will be routed to Castle Creek via the bike path. You will enter the bike path from Maroon Creek Rd where it intersects with High School Road, after you have passed the Football Field and Bus Parking Lot for the Aspen School district. The bike path is a neutral zone – no racing and no passing! Please use care and ride cautiously through this portion of the route. You may encounter pedestrians on the path. Veer right on the bike path, uphill above the Aspen Chapel to Meadowood Drive. Take a left on Meadowood Drive and follow it to Castle Creek Road and take a right. Once on Castle Creek Road, the neutral section is over and it’s game on with an ascent up to Little Annie Road.

Short Course Finish: The short course will finish at the Little Annie Road (approximately 6.8 miles from the roundabout). The short course is 25 miles long with 2,600 feet of climbing.

Long Course Finish: From the short course finish at the Little Annie Road racers will continue up past Ashcroft to the end of the pavement at the top of the Castle Creek Road (approximately 12.9 miles from the roundabout). They will then turn around and ride back down to the finish line at the Little Annie Road. The long course is 36 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing.

The 200 meter sign will be displayed in both directions to give your lead-out man/woman the cue before the finish. Long course racers don’t confuse the 200m sign on the way up with your finish.

Waves / Start Times / Courses:
Wave 1: 6:00 PM – Long Course – Men’s A
Wave 2: 6:05 PM – Long Course – Women’s A, Men’s B
Wave 3: 6:10 PM – Short Course – All other categories


Volunteer: To sign up to marshal for this race or any race go to the Marshal Sign-Up

COVID-19 Safety

  • Please check in and pick up your bib numbers at least 15 minutes before your starting time.
  • Please arrive in the start area no later than 30 seconds before your start time, but no earlier than 10 minutes before your start time. Do not congregate with other riders at the start or finish. Failure to meet this requirement will mean a forfeiture of start position and relegation to end of start list.
  • At the starting area, leave six feet of distance between yourself and all other riders. 
  • Please wear a mask until 60 seconds before your start. 
  • Individuals at high risk for COVID-19 are asked to stay home.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.

Race Day Sign-In: Registration is all online in 2021. There will be no race-day registration. Sign in opens at 5:00pm at the START LINE. 

Warm-Up: Please do not warm up on the race course after 6:00pm. After that time, ride on Prince Creek Road below the start area. Be respectful of traffic and property during your warmup. Do not block cars, and do not urinate in public. If caught urinating, you will be disqualified from the evening’s race. Plan accordingly. 

You only need to do this once for the season