It's a good weekend if you like to race mountain bikes in Colorado. There are four races to choose from within a couple hours of Denver.
Additionally, there have been some updates by Team Evergreen. Please note the new information on their website:
"2012 Start Times - Guide
As many of you know, our friends at Warriors Cycling - RME had to reschedule their event, Battle the Bear, due to inclement weather. The ripple effect of this date change has compelled us to support an on-site/day-of registration option. This decision along with the myriad of variables involved in plotting a time trial start list has prompted the following estimated start times. Please use this as a guide and plan to be at Wellington Lake at least an hour and a half before your category start time to allow for plate pick up, stretching, warm up, absorbing the scene, mingling, subduing that pre-race queasiness, napping or whatever.
09:30 - Open Men
09:45 - Expert Men
10:15 - Men SS
10:30 - Open Women
10:40 - Men Sport
11:15 - Expert Women
11:25 - Women SS
11:35 - Men Clydesdale
11:45 - Men Beginner
12:00 - Women Sport
12:15 - Women Beginner"
For more information, check out the Team Evergreen website: http://www.teamevergreenracing.com/theburn/
The race hits up some great trails that Buffalo Creek has to offer. After a cruise out from Wellington Lake, racers will hit Gashouse Gulch for some good singletrack climbing. At the intersection of Gashouse and Baldy, the two courses split. The short course drops down Baldy and heads back down to Road 543 on the way back to Wellington Lake. The long course rips down Miller Gulch before merging right onto the loose, fast, twisty, and fun singletrack of the Sandy Wash trail. At the end of Sandy Wash, racers take a hard right onto 543 and push hard up the gradual uphill until they take a left onto Shinglemill, where the grade kicks up. Racers will climb the singletrack until hitting the intersection with Morrison Creek. Morrison Creek starts out twisty and loose, but then evens out some, allowing racers to really open it up and enjoy some high speed singletrack. They dump out back on 542, take a left, and head back to Wellington Lake. The key will be to keep the traction in all the loose corners and take advantage of the climbs up Gashouse and Shinglemill to put time into their competition.
Teva Mountain Games
The Teva Mountain Games brings a large group of very talented athletes to the mountains every summer.
Mountain bikers in many disciplines show up to race talented competition for great prizes.
Mountain bikers will start at the base of Golden Peak and race up Vail Mountain on an epic course that will test bikers' pre-season endurance and tenacity. Just steps from the Village, this spectator friendly event has one of the largest cash purses in the mountain biking world
The Teva Freeride Dual presented by Chipotle will feature full-on, head-to-head races, but instead of the discipline-specific trials courses of yesteryear, the Teva Freeride Dual will include difficult but doable jumps, ramps and other obstacles. Riders can choose to enter on a big, DH-style bike, go fast and light on a BMX bike, or ride something in between.
Freeriders challenge the laws of gravity at the Teva Mountain Games on a big-air course featuring earthworks of gap jumps, berms and spines. Today's best riders have transformed this discipline of mountain biking into a sport of best tricks judged for style and difficulty. Flatspins, can-cans, flips and Supermans wow the twilight crowd and the High Jump bonus round gives all the riders one more chance to walk away with a little more cash by one-upping the competition in height and style points.
Competitors of all ages and abilities will be able to race on the original Time Trial course ridden by legendary riders such as Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault back in the late 1980's. Andy Hampsten's long standing course record of 26:33.43 set during the 1987 Coors Classic was broken at the 2008 Teva Mountain Games by Benjamin Day (25:48) and Chris Baldwin (26:29). Will the new course record stand the test of time?
Warriors Cycling Battle the Bear
Rain caused race organizers to postpone the race on May 19th after only one lap of the six-lap marathon. With gray skies that were ready to drop additional rain and racers coming in completely covered in sticky mud, it was impossible to continue. Warriors Cycling tried to accomodate as many people as possible and resceduled the 10th annual Battle of the Bear for Sunday, June 3rd.
24 hours of ERock
It should be an interesting weekend with many racers doubling up on races and getting out for shorter xc racing, as well as some fast-paced marathon racing.
Stay tuned to 303Cycling for pictures and results.