Colorado RAAM Challenge
Steamboat Springs lies in the Yampa River Valley west of the Park Range. The Northern Colorado mountain town has become a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of all types - skiers, cyclists, kayakers, fisherman and hunters. Unlike many other resort towns in the mountain west, Steamboat has retained its western ranching heritage. The region's residents - ranchers, outdoor enthusiasts and environmentalists - have worked together to protect the enviroment. And while Steamboat has the amenities of other western resort towns, it still feels like a real western town.
Ranchers settled in the area in the 1800s and the town was incorporated in 1900. Howelson Hill Ski Area opened in1914. Howelson is the oldest ski area in Colorado and has produced over 70 Olympians, more than any other ski area in North America. Steamboat Ski Area opened in 1963 on Storm Mountain. Storm was renamed Mt. Werner in 1965 for local skier, Buddy Werner, who was killed in an avalanche in Switzerland in1964. The area added a gondola in 1970 and hired Olympic medalist, Billy Kidd, as director of skiing. An aggressive marketing campaign - promoting the quality of snow - "Champaign Powder", its western ranching heritage - the famous "Steamboat Barn" poster and its moniker "Ski Town USA" garnered global attention.
In the past decade Steamboat has become "Bike Town USA". In 2011 the town was awarded Gold in the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Community Program. Steamboat has hosted the USA Pro Challenge. The cycling community is exceptionally strong - the home of bicycle manufacturers Moots and Eriksen, Honey Stinger and other cycling-related businesses.
The RAAM Colorado Cycling Challenge offer two distances - 170 and 400-miles. Both routes start/finish in the parking adjacentto the famous "Steamboat Barn" and Trailhead Lodge just off Mt. Werner Road.
The 170-mile course is comprised of four loops of 42.7 miles. The 42.7-mile loop features 20.5 miles (48%) unpaved road and 22.2 miles (52%) paved road with 2,500' of climbing. Riders head south and west around Emerald Mountain, climbing to the high point on the course (7401'), before descending to cross Trout Creek (6592'). There is an aid station at mile 20.9. Riders climb back to 7371' before heading back to the finish. There are 4 unpaved sections - two before the aid station (6.3 and 4.6 miles in length) and two after (6.2 and 2.4 miles in length). The challenging 170-mile race is destined to become a classic gravel grinder.
The 400-mile course crosses the Continental Divide four times and features 23,000' of climbing. Riders will head east on US40 over Rabbit Ears Pass (9346') and Muddy Pass (8711'), south to Kremmling, west across the Gore Range and back north through Hayden and Craig into Wyoming. They will cross the Continental Divide for the 3rd time at Battle Pass (9960'), head down into Encampment and on to Saratoga. They will then head back south through Encampment, into Colorado to Walden and back west across the Continental Divide at Rabbit Ears Pass and down to the finish.
The RAAM Colorado Cycling Challenge is the only RAAM Qualifier in the Mountain West. Experience the real west and - sign up now!
Standard Pricing: July 1 - July 26, 2015
Late Pricing: July 27 - Aug. 2, 2015
*There is no day of registration
* No refunds of entry fees, events will occur rain or shine.
What is included in your entry fee:
All racers will receive detailed route information (printed cue sheets, GPS is available through the website), live results (time splits) and statistics through RaceResult.com, race signage for your support vehicle (race numbers and Caution Bicycles Ahead decal), in addition to an event T-shirt & other swag, a lunch ticket for each racer and 2 additional for crew (more may be purchased at the event). All official finishers will receive a custom medal and official jersey. All official 400-mile finishers will be RAAM Qualified.
What you will need to race:
Functional front and rear lights (+spare batteries), reflective tape appropriately placed on you bicycle(s) (see Endurance Racing Primer). Reflective clothing (vest and anklets, recommended), if you are racing without a support crew. Support vehicles must have amber flashing roof lights & reflective DOT triangle (we will have some available for rent on a first come, first serve basis), operable four-way flashers & turn signals, proper insurance.
*ALL RACERS and/or CREW must attend the race meeting on Friday evening.