Registration now open for Aspen's Power of Four mountain bike race

By Real Aspen
May 14, 2013

Registration is now open for the Power of Four Mountain Bike Race Saturday, Aug. 3. This race combines the four ski areas of Aspen/Snowmass – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk – into one challenging course. The diversity of terrain and a requirement to ride four distinct mountains makes this event the only one of its kind.

The field will consist of solo racers and relay teams (of two or four) from the avid bike community that exists in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., regionally and beyond. Racers will start at the base of Snowmass and end at the bottom of Aspen Mountain. With an estimated 9,000' vertical gain, 9,000' vertical drop over 36 miles on top rated single track, demanding double track ascents and coverage over four mountains this race will challenge even the fittest riders.

Lance Armstrong finished second in last year's Power of Four race (Troy Hooper photo).

Shock Top Belgian White will raffle off a custom 2013 Yeti SB95 at the conclusion of the race. All race participants will be automatically entered and must be present to win. The bike will be ordered to size.

The public is encouraged to watch from the following locations. Please note that these times are an estimate based on the average racer.

8 a.m. – Snowmass Base Village for the start of the race

9 a.m. – Ride Elk Camp Gondola (or hike up) to view from Elk Camp Café

10 a.m. – Base of Tiehack

12 – 4 p.m. – Top of Aspen Mountain

12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Base of Aspen Mountain for the finish.


Online registration is open at Registration costs are $85 for solo racers; $150 for teams of two and $225 for teams of four through July 26, 2013. After July 26 the entry fee will increase.

For the course map, and additional information visit

Race Course (subject to change):

Stage 1: Snowmass

Start at 8 a.m. in Base Village (at the base of the Village Express lift in Snowmass)
Ride up Snowmass to the base of Big Burn/Ullrhof to Cross Mountain Trail
Cross Mountain trail over to Elk Camp Summer Road
Elk Camp Summer Road to top of Vapor Trail
Vapor trail to Government Trail, Government Trail to Buttermilk Tiehack
Relay at Tiehack for Teams of 4

Stage 2: Buttermilk

Base of Tiehack to top of Buttermilk via Summer Roads
Top of Buttermilk to Government Trail
Government Trail to base of Tiehack
Relay at Tiehack for Teams of 2 & 4

Stage 3: Aspen Highlands

Tiehack parking lot to base of Highlands via the ARC bridge and up the bike path to the base of Aspen Highlands
Aspen Highlands Summer Road up to the Grand Traverse
Grand Traverse to the Congo Trail
Congo Trail down to Castle Creek Road
Relay for Teams of 4 at Castle Creek Road/Midnight Mine Road

Stage 4: Aspen Mountain

Castle Creek Road to Midnight Mine Road
Midnight Mine road to the top of Aspen Mountain
Single track descent to finish line at the base of Aspen Mountain

Solo race categories: Male, Female, Singlespeed

Teams of two relay race categories: Male, Female, Co-ed
Team Member 1: Snowmass & Buttermilk
Team Member 2: Aspen Highlands & Aspen Mountain

Teams of four relay race categories: Male, Female, Co-ed
Team Member 1: Snowmass (to Tiehack on Buttermilk)
Team Member 2: Buttermilk
Team Member 3: Aspen Highlands
Team Member 4: Aspen Mountain

For more information go to or call 970/925-1220.

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