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The RMCC Challenge Series Short Course events are a collection of single day road cycling events the are under 100 miles in length that are focused on challenging climbs. They are some of the most challenging century events in the state of Colorado! The events of the RMCC Challenge Series are NOT races; however, each event is ridden as single-day, draft-legal timed cycling event. When participating in Challenge Series events, the primary goal is simply to finish safely. However, participants are encouraged to challenge themselves and put their best effort into each event. Unlike the Triple Crown, these events do not require pre-qualification nor do they require pre-registration (although it is encouraged).
Date: Sunday, 5/5/2013
Sign-in/Start: 6:00 am/7:00 am
Start location: Boulder (Eben Fine)
Distance/climbing: 100 miles/15,000+ feet
Event description: In it's second year, an event so challenging that every other century ride in the state will beg for mercy! The climbs featured in this ride—known to Boulderites as “Los Cinco Diablos” (not exactly, but it sounds good!), feature Boulder County’s most devilish climbs: Super Jamestown, Sunshine Canyon, Sugarloaf Road, Magnolia Road, and Flagstaff Mountain--all in one day! How many of these devilish climbs can you conquer before you beg for mercy? Rider results will be posted based on total number of climbs completed within a 11 hour time limit (rather than finishing time). Participants can ride as many or as few of the climbs as they want to; however, to receive credit for any of the climbs, riders must return to the start location by the end of the 11 hour time limit.
Additional notes: Pre-registration encouraged, rear taillight required for tunnel in Boulder Canyon, support vehicle (stocked with water) will be located at a central location on the course.
Event organizer: Mark Lowe.
Date: Saturday, 5/25/2013
Sign-in/Start: 7:30 am/8:00 am
Start location: Ken Caryl
Distance/climbing: 80 miles/8000+ feet
Event description: The Foothills Climbfest has become an RMCC Challenge Series mainstay over the past several years, featuring many of the toughest climbs in the Evergreen back roads and foothills west of Chatfield Reservoir—Deer Creek Canyon, Black Mountain/Brook Forest, Parmalee Gulch Road, High Drive, and Brook Forest/Black Mountain (in reverse). Course records: Men: 4:23/18.23 mph, women: 5:31/14.70 mph.
Additional notes: Pre-registration encouraged, RMCC will provide event support.
Ride leader: Charlie Henderson.
Course map/Cue sheet: Download PDF.
Date: Saturday, 9/7/2013
Sign-in/Start: 8:30 am/9:00 am
Start Location: Copper Mountain
Distance/climbing: 78 miles/7000 feet
Event description: A classic Colorado route—featuring climbs over Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass, and Vail Pass—returns to the Challenge Series calendar for 2012. This event will be run in conjunction with the RMCC club event. Come test your end-of-the-season fitness against your RMCC comrades!
Additional notes: As in previous years, this event will be unsupported. Riders must be self-sufficient to complete the event. There are plenty of convenience stores located along the route in Leadville, Minturn, and Vail.
Event organizer: Mark Lowe.
Course map/Cue sheet: Download PDF.
1) Club membership is required to register for all Short-Course Challenge Series events. Please note that club membership has a very affordable $25 fee. RMCC membership has its advantages because it gives you access to other club events and discounts!
2) Pre-registration is encouraged (but not required) to participate in these events. Pre-registration allows us to know how many riders will be joining us in advance. This allows us to make sure we have an adequate amount of water to support the riders who are participating in the event.
3) The Short-Course Challenge Series events do not have registration fees.
1) All participants are required to wear an approved helmet at all times while they are riding. Failure to ride with a helmet will result in disqualification.
2) The routes used during the Short-Course Challenge Series events are open to traffic! There are no road closures or police escorts. There are no course marshals. Cyclists must ride defensively with safety as their utmost priority!
3) Riders shall obey all rules of the road. It is the rider’s responsibility to know the laws of the State of Colorado and to follow them. These are detailed here. Flagrant disregard of local and state traffic laws will result in disqualification. Please come to a complete stop at all stop signs and red lights and use hand signals appropriately.
4) Prior to the start of a Challenge Series event, each participant will receive a time card and course map/cue sheet that will provide turn-by-turn directions and locations of checkpoints. (Participants may also download the map and cue sheet from the RMCC website prior to start of the event). In supported events, participants must stop at each checkpoint to have his/her time recorded by an RMCC official. If a RMCC official is not present, the cyclist should make a mental note of the time they reached a checkpoint and have the time validated by an RMCC official at the next checkpoint along the course. A participant may be disqualified if he/she misses a checkpoint. If a cyclist leaves the route, he/she must return to the route at the exact same location.
5) The RMCC does provide event support for some (but not all) of the Short-Course Challenge Series events. Participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the support vehicle. Each rider may provide an easy-to-identify gear bag that he/she may use to transport extra food, nutritional supplies, clothing, etc. The support vehicle will transport each participant’s gear bag from one checkpoint to the next. Each cyclist may access his/her gear bag at these support points. Please be aware that the support vehicle is first and foremost a safety vehicle. In the event of an emergency, the vehicle may have to leave the course. Riders should always be prepared to support themselves by carrying money to purchase food and beverages at stores along the route if necessary.
6) As a courtesy to the drivers of our support vehicles, we formally request that participants do not lean their bicycles up against a support vehicle. This can cause scratches to the support vehicles and may inhibit other riders from gaining easy access to their gear bags.
7) Private SAG vehicles are NOT allowed during the Short-Course Challenge Series events.
8) All cyclists MUST carry some form of identification and an emergency contact phone number. All participants should also carry spare tubes, a pump, a patch kit, basic tools, money/credit card, a pen/pencil (for recording times on time cards), and a cell phone.
9) The RMCC requests that riders do not urinate in public view. Whenever possible, riders are encouraged to use the designated restroom facilities at checkpoints, including parks, convenient stores, restaurants, etc.
10) The use of aerobars is prohibited during the Short-Course Challenge Series events.
11) The use of MP3 players/iPods is not allowed as riders cannot safely hear approaching traffic.
12) Any rider found cheating or deliberately violating the above rules will be disqualified. The RMCC also reserves the right to remove any rider from the course for the reasons of their own safety or the safety of others.
13) The RMCC ride director reserves the right to interpret any existing rule or regulation, or to invoke new rules or regulations that are deemed necessary. The ride director’s interpretation and decisions regarding the rule is final.
14) If a rider is experiencing symptoms of a serious medical condition OR if a rider is involved in a collision or crash, he/she should contact emergency medical services ASAP (i.e., call 911). Please notify the rider director as soon as possible.
15) If a rider is unable to complete an event for any reason that is not an emergency, he/she must contact the ride director as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we are not set up to immediately pick you up if you need to withdraw from an event. If you must discontinue for any reason that is not an emergency, please attempt to arrange for private transportation to pick you up. Otherwise, please be prepared for the fact that it may be many hours before our support vehicle can pick you up.
16) Results for each event will be listed in finishing order, including gender and age.
17) As rider safety is out top priority, the RMCC reserves the right to postpone or cancel any of the Challenge Series events due to adverse weather conditions or dangerous road conditions.