Power of Four returns Saturday, Sunday with mountain bike race, trail run – Colorado News

Power of Four returns Saturday, Sunday with mountain bike race, trail run – Colorado News

The popular Audi Power of Four Race Series returns Saturday and Sunday with its annual mountain bike race and trail run.

The 33-mile mountain bike race takes place Saturday, covering all four Aspen Snowmass mountains with close to 10,000 feet of elevation gain and descent. There is an 18-mile, two-mountain course option as well.

The start for both races will be at 8 a.m. in Snowmass Village. The short-course race finishes at the base of Tiehack at Buttermilk, while the full 33-mile race ends at gondola plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain.

With last year’s race having been canceled due to a storm the night before, it’s been two years since the race was held. In 2015, Aspen’s John Gaston won the mountain bike race with a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes, 50.5 seconds. Golden’s Evelyn Dong was the top woman that year, finishing in 4:26:17.4.

Also Saturday is the Vertical K portion of the trail run. Beginning at 10 a.m. at gondola plaza, runners will compete to be the first up Ajax, a climb of more than 3,200 vertical feet over roughly three miles. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Ajax Tavern in gondola plaza.

Colorado Springs resident Joseph Gray won the 2016 Vertical K race in 37 minutes, 4.4 seconds, while Eagle’s Kim Dobson was the top female finisher in 42:26.

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Sunday, the main trail race event — a 50-kilometer jaunt over the four mountains — begins at 6 a.m. at gondola plaza in Aspen. There also is a 25K race, beginning at 9:30 a.m. from Tiehack, and an 11:30 a.m. 10K race, starting from Elk Camp in Snowmass.

The finish for all three races is in Snowmass, with the awards ceremony scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Fanny…

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