Who’s the Master of the Mass?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 18, 2013 1:00 pm

Master of the Mass has officially opened up its registration for their physically and mentally challenging bike race, taking place July 12-14. The Enduro Mountain Bike Race consists of four stages squeezed into three days that challenges the athletes to use just one bike for all stages of the competition including the categories of chainless downhill, cross-country, downhill, and super-downhill. Athletes interested should visit www.aspensnowmass.com/master to officially sign themselves up for the ultimate challenge.

They are also changing the game slightly this year as final results will be tabulated based on cumulative scoring instead of the previous years cumulative times in racing divisions for pro men/women and amateur men/women. The Junior division for younger athletes in training ages 13-17 has also being featured in this year’s race. A fitting $3,000 prize will be handed out to the pro division champ. Of course, there will be plenty of parties and events featured throughout the weekend to keep spirits high while enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery in the Rockies.

Photo by Jeremy Swanson

Photo by Jeremy Swanson

Super-Downhill (Time Trial)

Friday, July 12 – 4pm

The most anticipated part of the race features a drop of over 3,500 feet spread out over 8.5 miles starting from the top of Elk Camp Chair and spiraling down all the way to the rodeo parking lot. This course additionally features Vapor, Government, Anaerobic Nightmare, and Highline trails.

Cross-Country Race (Mass Start)

Saturday, July 13 – 9am

With the start line at the top of Elk Camp Gondola, this race will integrate some of the best cross-country trails that Snowmass has developed. The course features around 1,000 feet of vertical climbing followed by 2,300 feet of descent for a distance of over nine miles all leading to the finish line at Snowmass Base Village.

Photo by Jeremy Swanson

Photo by Jeremy Swanson

Chainless Downhill (Time Trial)

Saturday, July 13 – 4pm

Starting all over at the Elk Camp Gondola, this trail descends down into the Valhalla Trail and works its way down to finish up at the Base Village. However, the light at the end of the tunnel comes from the DJ, drinks, and party that are all ensuing in the Snowmass Bass Village.

Downhill (Time Trial)

Sunday, July 14 – 11am

Each athlete gets one shot down the famous Pro Downhill course of Snowmass accessed from the top of the Village Express chairlift. The race winds down and finishes in Base Village again, but racers can practice for the downhill beginning at 9am.

Photo by Jeremy Swanson

Photo by Jeremy Swanson

The Snowmass Base Village will be the scene for the award ceremony and closing party taking place on 1pm after the Downhill section of competition.

To find out more about this year’s competitions, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/master or call 970-925-1220.