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Epic Crested Butte to Aspen Grand Traverse Mountain Bike Race

September 2 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

$105 - $150

The Grand Traverse Mountain Bike is no ordinary mountain bike race. It is a point-to-point from Aspen to Crested Butte, Colorado. In total, bikers travel 40 miles over the Elk Mountains with over 7,800′ of elevation gain. The course starts with a 3000′ ascent up Aspen Mountain before continuing deep into the Elk Mountains. This mountain bike race is not for the feint of heart.


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Schedule of events:

Saturday, September 1st, 2018: Bib Pick-Up and Registration (Aspen)

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Ajax Park
Registrations may be made in-person, or online up until 6 PM the day prior to the race.

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018: Start

7:00 AM
Aspen Mountain 1A Base –  Located on 898 S. Aspen St.

Finish & Vendor Expo

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Located at Base Area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Podium Ceremony

2:00 PM

IMPORTANT:  All information is subject to change.  For the safety of racers and volunteers, weather conditions may require a change in the race start time or location, the official course, or race rules – or may lead to cancellation.  The registration fee is non-refundable.


Here are some great options for experiencing parts of the epic Grand Traverse race without the suffering. Check out these volunteer spots open. Course sweep, top of Aspen Aid Station AND MORE.

9/1: RUN -COURSE SWEEP- Leg #2
Seeking team of two competent backcountry travelers (run or mountain bike) to sweep the Run course from Taylor Pass to the top of Aspen Mountain.This sweep team will depart Taylor Pass Checkpoint after 12:45 PM cut-off has been imposed. Sweep is required to follow behind last runner on course, providing race dispatch with progress updates.

Located at Ajax Park, north of the Aspen Mountain base on S. Ute Avenue. Volunteers needed to assist with- FinishLine / Expo set-up, food & beer serving, award distribution, as well as staffing Mountain Bike registration / check-in table. Finish line volunteers will be served BBQ meal and beer!

Assistance with set up and kick off of Mountain Bike Start line at Ajax Park. May require some temporary vehicular traffic control.Location – Ajax Park, 1001 S. Ute Avenue

9/2: MTB – AID #1 – Top of Aspen Mountain
Seeking two volunteers to distribute hydration and nutritional aid to bikers summiting Top of Aspen Mountain. Volunteers will need personal transportation (4×4) to ascend the Summer Road to the aid station location. This volunteer team will also be tasked with imposing the 9 AM cut-off, recording bib numbers while turning cut-off riders around to retrace their route back to Aspen.

9/2: MTB – COURSE SWEEP- Leg #1
Seeking team of two competent Mountain Bikers to sweep from the Top of Aspen Mountain to Taylor Pass. Sweeper’s will be provided a lift pass to ascend Aspen Mountain via the Gondola with bike From Aspen Mountain summit, sweep will continue out Richmond Ridge, cleaning course of all markings (flagging tape and pin flags), while not overtaking the last riders on course. Will periodically radio race dispatch with location and progress of last riders. Arriving at Taylor Pass, sweep team will descend Express Creek Road, ensuring that cut-off riders at the 11:30 a.m. MTB Aid #2 cut-off, safely make their descent to Castle Creek road.

To volunteer for any of these great spots please contact andrew@elkmountainstraverse.com


September 2
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
$105 - $150


Crested Butte Nordic Center


Aspen to Crested Butte via Taylor & Star Pass