Subaru Elephant Rock Announces Two New Courses
February 6, 2015
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The unofficial start to Colorado’s cycling season, the annual Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, which features a range of road and mountain bike events and is entering its 28th year, announced new courses today for its signature Century course and the increasingly popular all-day mountain bike event, the Subaru Sunrise Sunset. These key changes, enhancing both the appeal and scenery of the two courses, will be instantly popular with ERock entrants.
The ERock’s Century course, the first early season test of a cyclist’s fitness, links roads previously unavailable and offers a scenic but challenging ride. According to event director, Scot Harris, "our riders are going to love the newly designed Century course. We’ve been waiting for some of these roads to connect for years to make this new loop possible. This quiet, scenic route connects the tranquil country roads through the horse properties east of Franktown to the scenic rolling hills of the Black Forest. Our ERock riders will enjoy a perfect early season century - beautiful and interesting miles without the high mountain passes.”
Riders can register now at www.elephantrockride.com/register/ and take advantage of early registration discounts, just $70 now for the century and metric century (62 miles) courses (until February 28), compared to $85 on event day, June 7, 2015.
The all-day Subaru Elephant Cycling Festival offers five different well-supported course options – 100, 62 and 40-mile road courses, a 27-mile gravel course, a gentle, family-friendly 8-miler, and the popular kids race on a safe and easy off-road loop. The festival also includes food, music and an exciting expo, which features booths from a wide range of local and regional cycling-related, nutrition and apparel groups.
The new Century course, shown in blue on the map, travels through less populated areas, offering riders less traffic and more scenery. Still, at 100 miles, the ERock Century is no picnic. With well-stocked Aid Stations at frequent intervals throughout the course, riders can hydrate, fuel up and take the occasional much-needed break. Says Harris, “this new course is going to make the century even more popular than past years so riders should sign up soon in case we hit our cap.”
The ERock Subaru Sunrise Sunset event, a solo or team 11-hour mountain bike race, is also the beneficiary of a new course for 2015. The Subaru Sunrise Sunset event is moving this year to the freshly cut trails of the Philip S Miller Park in Castle Rock, Colorado. This amazing $30M facility offers an ideal endurance mountain bike venue less than a mile from the Subaru Elephant Rock start/finish. Playful and flowing, the new 6.5-mile course wanders through the hills and drainages of the new park and offers ample viewing for team members and spectators. The Subaru Sunrise Sunset offers recreational and competitive cyclists the opportunity to experience the thrill of competing in a challenging endurance race. The new off-road course is moderately technical and suitable for riders of all abilities. Riders can enter as a solo rider or part of a team of cycling cohorts (2-5 person teams, coed or single gender) for a memorable day of riding, racing, and camaraderie.