• Tom Genes

Snowmass 50 Bike Race Returns

Last summer, Aspen Snowmass completely reimagined the Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike Race and created an entirely new course in Snowmass that covers some of the best singletrack in the Roaring Fork Valley. Taking place over two days, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, the new,

Snowmass 50 Mountain Bike Race travels along on an approximately 25-mile loop that starts and finishes on Fanny Hill near the Snowmass Mall.

“We took the classic Audi Power of Four Mountain Bike Race and reworked the course entirely to better suit what mountain bikers are looking for,” says Deric Gunshor, director of event development for Aspen Skiing Company. “The new Snowmass 50 course now includes flowy singletrack, purpose-built downhill trails, and rugged, yet classic, trails like Cross Mountain or Powerline. It allows riders to test themselves with a solid amount of elevation gain but also have fun on some of the best mountain bike trails in Snowmass. We are excited to be able to split the race into two days to maximize the number of racers and comply with social distancing guidelines.”

Each 25+ mile loop ascends approximately 5,000 vertical feet and will be run counter-clockwise around Snowmass due to some recent trail maintenance by Snowmass Trail Department on South Rim. Bikers race along classic Snowmass trails such as Village Bound and Cross Mountain, descending Viking in the Snowmass Bike Park, then utilizing Powerline and Tom Blake to connect to the Sky Mountain Park trail system to race favorites such as Deadline, Seven Star and the Rim Trails before finishing off on Fanny Hill.

Divisions are broken into 50-mile (two laps) solo racer, which will take place on Saturday, and 50-mile team of two race where each rider completes one, 25-mile lap on Sunday.

There is a maximum of 50 racers per day and the start will be in heats of 10 racers at a time. Details including final race format and check-in process are subject to change based on the public health guidelines at the time of the event. Please check the event website for the most up to date information.

All participants will receive an exclusive Helly Hansen Snowmass 50 Mountain Bike Race technical shirt and chip-based timing with results at the finish line.

Registration is open online and a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA).

“RFMBA's mission is focused on creating and sustaining the best possible mountain bike trails and experiences in the Roaring Fork valley,” says Mike Pritchard, executive director of RFMBA. “Racers can feel great about supporting RFMBA's advocacy work and trail programs, benefiting both local and visiting riders.”

For more information and to register, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/while-you-are-here/events/audi-power-of-four-mountain-bike.

The Audi Snowmass 50 Mountain Bike Race is the sister race to the Audi Power of Four Trail Run, taking place Aug. 1, and the Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race which takes place in the winter.

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