A Weekend of World Class racing available for every racer, all three days, at the Fort Collins Cycling Festival.
** USAC / ACA Reciprocity agreement in place **
07.15.2011– Fort Collins, Colo. – Racers from ACA USAC and UCI Converge on Fort Collins August 19-21.
Racers from all parts of the world go head to head with both the national and local talent of Colorado with three associations and one agreement that all racers will be able to race in any weekend event, no matter what association card they hold. This agreement will allow racers of ACA, USAC and UCI to cross over to each other association’s category without penalties.
We are proud to represent all three associations and excited to have the opportunity to work with such professional groups. The event is truly a racers weekend. “Said Charlie Weinbeck”
In the past, the (grueling) Rist Canyon Road Race has been sanctioned by ACA. This year we have sanctioned the race as a USAC race, and have worked out the details to allow for ACA members to compete.
ACA and USAC members will benefit from the new 2011 arrangement. All ACA members will are able to compete in a world class event and pay a lower cost to participate in the event. ACA registration will include a one day USAC race license to be used on either Friday’s Time Trial or Sunday’s Road Race. USAC racers will get a much lower registration fee compared to other world’s qualifier thus far.
Race Packet Includes: Entry, Swag Bag, Clothing Coupon, Drawing Ticket, Breakfast, Lunch & Avery Beer or Beverage of choice. Plus goods and services coupons and items! Clif Bar, Butt Butter and other bag sponsors included
Race Course Descriptions:
• Friday August 19th - Rawhide Time Trial – 28.8km/17.4
The course boasts a smooth flat surface with only 300 feet of gain loss in the entire 17.5 miles. Named for the TT location the rectangle shaped course with a short 2.4 mile uphill start quickly turns into a fast next 6.4 miles with 300 feet of gradual descend in elevation. The last half of the course is 11.4 miles and has a elevation gain of 300 feet. The course has three ninety degree
corners with a finish 200 years from the starting line.
• Saturday August 20th - Rocky Mountain Criterium – 1 mile Course
The One mile course is flat and fast, with 40’ of street width and eight turns the course can handle world class categories of 125 racers. The course has been used for the 2008/09 Collegiate Road Nationals and in the future become one of the courses for a NRC event. Saturdays Criterium will also have a twilight session with food, beer, music and much fan fair going on till 11:45PM. Tour films with a Vintage Bike Race and vintage bike walk through, presented by the Fort Collins Bike Museum.
• Sunday August 21st - UCI – Rist Canyon Road Race – 66.8 miles / 6,113 feet
This is one road race every racer will not want to miss. The race course is a wicked loop of climbing descending and then more of each for 66.8 miles. The challenging 2011 race starts in Old Town with a altitude of 4996’. “The start and finish of the road race is the same Start/Finish of the Criterium from the day before.”
A controlled rolling enclosure (15-20mph) will escort each category through the one mile of the Criterium course used the day before to Mountain Ave. At Howes and Mountain Ave. the enclosure turns west onto the east bound lane of Mountain Ave. heading west. The caravan will lead the peleton through the streets of Fort Collins to Overland Road.(300Yards the peloton is in full race mode. From Laporte St. riders will go north to Bingham Hill. Racers will turn west onto Bingham Hill Rd. and make their way to Bellvue, Co. Turning West the riders will start to ascend the famous Rist Canyon climb a grueling 11.0 miles of relentless switchbacks and steep step ups.
Once on top of the nearly 8000’ Rist Canyon you will find a fast one mile decent of 15% (“Be very couscous on this decent.”) to the Buckhorn Canyon. The next 19.5 miles is a roller coaster of incredibly fun descents with a few short pop up climbs. Here is where the work begins at mile 38.8 the left hand turn onto Glad Road will start a series of gradual climbs to a whole series of short steep peak climbs across the Horsetooth Dam.
Once over the dams you will loop back across Bingham Hill Road and race back to the finish the same way you were escorted out of Fort Collins. The finish is a bit different than when racers left the starting line. Racers will follow Mountain Ave. to Howes street, turning on Howes racers will finish the last 1 mile on the same street course as the Criterium the day before.
Road Racer Extras:
1. Two Fully Supported Feed Stations
2. Full Road Closure through the Buckhorn Narrows Full Road Access for Racers.
3. Full Road Closure except for residence traffic from the base of Rist Canyon through the Buckhorn Narrows. Road Access for Racers.
4. 3000+ Volunteers EMT’s Police, Escorts, wheel cars etc.
5. Team Support Vehicles (Upon Approval)
6. Wheel Cars (Sponsor: Spradley Barr)
7. Streaming Video Back to the Start Finish with Real time Reporting from the leader’s vehicle.
8. King & Queen Jerseys Fastest time on the 66.8 mile course. “Regardless of your category” Tour of Colorado Finals Awards on the big stage!
9. Wheel Support, supplied by Cole Wheels… All three days
10. Exclusive Racer Pits off Mountain between Howes and Meldrum
Saturday and Sunday Expo Start/Finish Line Party Kicks off Saturday Morning with over
90+ booths, great food and activities for spectators and riders to experience.
Sponsor: Spradley Barr with locations in Fort Collins Cheyenne and Greeley will be supporting the event with over eighteen wheel cars and showcasing the latest green vehicles in the expo.
Other Expo Vendors include: Avery Brewery will be onsite showcasing their newest tap trailer, supporting 12 taps and some of the best microbrew in the world. Taps Sports Bar & Grill will be in full force with support of the Beer pouring with local club members Team BOB to help pour for the weekend. Wieler Sports, Goldsprints take to the festival stage. Watch and enjoy the festivities of the festival from our pavilion or track side and don’t miss the very entertaining indoor digitally timed sprint races. Nostalgic movies of yesteryear timed with music plays as the racers burn up the pedals. The Fort Collins Bike Museum will be on hand to support the vintage collection of antique Bikes, Art and a Vintage Criterium Race. Media remotes form 99.9 the Point and Channel 5 TV will be on hand to announce and run the race as the action unfolds.
Pre Party Experiences:
• July 16th Tour De France Community Party, Ride, Register for the August Race Weekend. Ride Starts 8Am with Breakfast ends11AM Tour Party Starts 9-2PM. Drinks
Food and Special Guest join in on a day of total cycling celebration at Taps Sports Bar & Grill.
• August 17th At Avery Brewery, Boulder Colorado Festival keg tapping party, proceeds go to support the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.
• August 19th Old Town Square Avery Beer and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Concert. Old Town Fun in an quaint open atmosphere.
Registration is Open www.fcyclingfest.com Pre-Race.com is the official registration company for the 2011 races.
Weekend Admission is FREE to the public.
The celebration will include educational seminars through local non-profits and the City of Fort Collins FC Bikes and The City of Fort Collins Disabilities programs. Cyclist and fundraisers for Poudre Valley Hospital will take over downtown during the three day celebration for fun action and good causes. Zero Hero will ensure that the Festival promotes and is a sustainable event.