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WEDU Aspen Fifty Needs Volunteers Sunday September 17th

Want to get in on all the action this Sunday but don’t want to race? Then we’ve got good news for you!

The WEDU Aspen Fifty mountain bike race is looking for volunteers at critical course junctions, aid stations, course sweep and other inside duties involved with the race.

Volunteers will receive a sweet t-shirt plus entry into the post-race party!

If you want to get involved, please contact Lindsay Gorman at lindsaycgorman@gmail.com.

The WEDU Aspen Fifty event benefits the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and mountain bike trails in the Roaring Fork Valley.   Please help us out with this great event and lend a hand to help RFMBA and to have a great time.  So mark your calendars for Sunday, September 17 and send a note to Lindsay Gorman at lindsaycgorman@gmail.com, or give a call at

847-772-4232.
 
If you want to race you need to get on board now!  

The online registration deadline is Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 3 pm Mountain Time!

What’s it all about?

The ASPEN FIFTY mountain bike race benefiting RFMBA is coming back for year two on Sunday, September 17. Last year’s WEDU was more of a ride, but this year it’s a bonafide race. Registration is now open and RFMBA wants locals to get in before the 200 slots are filled.

This year, Roaring Fork Valley residents can get 25% off their registration fee (use promo code RFV at checkout).

The race will feature classic trails such as Smuggler, Reverse Rim and Government Trail as well as the newer climbs like Hummingbird and Seven Star.

The great news for those of us who live in the valley is that a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.

The WEDU team will host a post race party afterwards. So come out and join Aspen local Lance Armstrong and other cyclists on this massive cycling romp in the upper Roaring Fork.

https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7023587

Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley can use the promo code RFV for 25% off their registration fee.

If you live here in the valley and want to do this race, RFMBA wants you to get in. Sign up now to make sure you get a spot.

SIGN UP FOR THE ASPEN FIFTY HERE

Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Study Begins

In January 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s “Colorado the Beautiful” plan identified 16 critical trail gaps, missing trail segments and undeveloped trails across the state to elevate those to priority status for public awareness, funding and completion.

The proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte trail is one of the 16 trails on the list. Continue reading Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Study Begins

WEDU Aspen Fifty – September 17, 2017

The ASPEN FIFTY mountain bike race benefiting RFMBA is coming back for year two on Sunday, September 17.  Last year’s WEDU was more of a ride, but this year it’s a bonafide race.  Registration is now open and RFMBA wants locals to get in before the 200 slots are filled.

This year, Roaring Fork Valley residents can get 25% off their registration fee (use promo code RFV at checkout). 

The race will feature classic trails such as Smuggler, Reverse Rim and Government Trail as well as the newer climbs like Hummingbird and Seven Star.

The great news for those of us who live in the valley is that a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association. 

The WEDU team will host a post race party afterwards.  So come out and join Aspen local Lance Armstrong and other cyclists on this massive cycling romp in the upper Roaring Fork.

Preview the Course  |  Strava Course File

Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley can use the promo code RFV for 25% off their registration fee.

If you live here in the valley and want to do this race, RFMBA wants you to get in. Sign up now to make sure you get a spot.

SIGN UP FOR THE ASPEN FIFTY HERE  
 

Volunteers improve, expand Crown trail system

The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) organization is working on new hiking, biking and equestrian trails in the Crown area off Prince Creek Road near Carbondale, and the group is inviting participation from anyone in the area who has an interest in improving the trails in that area.

According to the RFOV website, the work projects began on the evening of July 25 and are to continue every Tuesday evening through Aug. 15, from about 4 p.m. until dusk.

“If you have a busy schedule, just show up whenever you can to the BLM (U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which owns much of the land containing the trails network), parking lot, which is located 4.6 miles up Prince Creek Road” from its intersection with Highway 133 south of Carbondale, the website states. Dinner and drinks will be provided to volunteers doing the work.

Read the full story by John Colson in the Sopris Sun

Spectator’s Guide to Enduro World Series in Aspen/Snowmass July 29-30

The best mountain bikers on the planet return to Aspen Snowmass this week for Round 6 of the Enduro World Series, and local cycling fans won’t want to miss a second of the action! But with 400 racers spread across 6 timed stages, 17 miles of race trails, nearly 13,000 feet of descending and two days of racing, even the most seasoned trail junkie can feel overwhelmed trying to keep up. Here’s the insiders lowdown on each of the weekend’s stages.

To get the best access, become a course marshal volunteer for a day or two.  It will be an experience like no other.  Click here for info on how to volunteer for the BME/EWS.

Otherwise you can always pack up a lunch, bug juice, sunscreen, rain jacket, refreshments or whatever you like or need on a day in the outdoors.  Then hike or bike up the mountain to check out all the action of choice.

The main sponsor village/expo area is at the Snowmass Plaza area/Snowmass base village.  If your travels go through the Expo, be sure to stop by the RFMBA tent to find out all about the  latest trail plans and advocacy we are involved in – you can also join or renew your membership.

The stages 1-3 are on Saturday.  Stage one and three are will be held in Snowmass while stage two will be in Aspen.  On Sunday, all three stages (4-6) will be held in Snowmass.

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SATURDAY, JULY 29

1: Two Creeks DH – Beginning at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, this race-only trail heads straight down the fall line in the woods between the Cascade and Creekside runs. Racers will cross Valhalla twice before linking up with the “Sequel” trail for a high speed burn through fields of wildflowers toward the base of the Two Creeks chairlift. Spectators won’t want to miss the upper 1/3rd of the track with its steep plunges and dramatic road crossings.

2: Aspen Mountain – The crown jewel of Aspen Snowmass’ winter offerings, the Silver Queen represents the longest stage of the weekend, with over 3600’ of descent spread across 4.8 miles of classic Colorado singletrack. Spectators should check out “The Dumps,” where racers will sprint between 180° switchback turns down local favorite double black diamond ski terrain, or post up with a beer at Ajax Tavern to watch the last few turns down Little Nell trail.

3: K.A.R. and Luge – The first of three race stages on Snowmass’ old school west side singletrack, Stage 3 begins at the top of the Coney Glade chairlift, plunging down through the Aspen groves toward base village. Families with kids will love seeing bikes make use of their favorite winter tree trails off of the Kid’s Race Arena and Lizard Lodge, a quick hike from the upper drop off point for the “Top of the Village” shuttle bus.

SUNDAY, JULY 30

4: Snowmass Super D – Beginning at the top of the Elk Camp Chairlift, Stage 4 will be a true endurance test for our visiting racers, and should represent the greatest variety of terrain they’ll see in a single stage. After a couple quick turns on the Vapor trail, racers will turn down the fall line on a yet-to-be-named ridgeline singletrack popping in and out of the dark timber of the Grey Wolf ski terrain. A brief visit to the flowing berms and tabletop jumps of the Valhalla trail will lead into the classic flowing singletrack of the Powerline and Starks trails. Hardcore downhill fans will want to perch high on the ridgeline where they can get a preview of the fastest lines on Snowmass bike park’s newest trail.

5: Uncle Sam’s to West Government – Nobody’s going to win the weekend on this stage, but they could easily lose it, as Stage 5 begins on the tire popping scree fields of upper Sam’s Knob before diving into the old school tight switchbacks of the West Government Trail. Spectators will find the challenge of reaching this stage well worth the effort, as racers charge through the rough and raw descent of a reclaimed 1960 vintage chairlift install road. Check out the old Campground liftline between Bearclaw and Wildcat for some of the steepest pitches of the entire race.

6: Banzai DH – The final stage of the weekend is also one of the hardest, which is why it has hosted high level gravity racing going back over two decades. Descending 1500 vertical feet in just 1.4 miles from the top of Coney Glade straight down the fall line toward the EWS awards ceremony in Base Village, it’s the shortest stage of the weekend, but also the stage the racers fear most. A heavy mix of high speed ridgelines, rooted catch-berms, mandatory airs (at least on the fast line), and of course the infamous “Hell’s Kitchen,” Banzai is sure to provide excitement for fans of all ages. Follow the sounds of hooting and hollering up to lookers left from the bottom terminal of the Coney Glade chair.