Cyclists to ride Gore Pass
ACA-sanctioned event is Saturday
Steamboat Springs — Riding in a peloton – a large group of bicyclists packed elbow to elbow – can be intimidating for a first-time road racer. Fortunately for those interested in taking that next step in competitive cycling, Saturday’s Gore Pass Road Race provides an excellent chance to gain race experience.
“It is a great race for the seasoned road racer, but it is also the perfect opportunity for rookie road racers to get their feet wet in the road-racing scene,” said Barkley Robinson, a local cyclist and overall point winner of the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series pro/am division. “Beautiful course, smaller fields and a course profile that breaks up pelotons pretty quickly.”
Gore Pass Road Race divisions have staggered starts from 10:30 to 11:05 a.m. from the Wolford Campground, about six miles north of Kremmling on U.S. Highway 40. The 43-mile course heads over Gore Pass on Colorado Highway 134’s freshly paved asphalt to a turnaround just shy of Toponas, and then back to the finish line at the Gore Pass summit at 9,527 feet. Some men’s divisions will complete a second out-and-back lap for a total of 74 miles of riding and 6,000 feet of climbing.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s cycling program has co-promoted the Gore Pass Road Race in each of its four years. As a race host, program director Tom Davis urged supporters and fans to volunteer, particularly as course marshals and in follow vehicles. Anyone interested should contact Davis via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Gore Pass Road Race is an American Cycling Association-sanctioned event, and membership is required. However, a one-day membership can be purchased on site for $5. The race is the closest ACA-sanctioned regional series road race to Steamboat.
Each race category group is limited to 80 participants, so racers are encouraged to register at http://www.bikereg.com. For more information on pricing and event details, visit http://www.cyclingevents.com/gorepassrr. No road closures will be in effect.
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