Get your fundraising racing bike on this weekend at Breckenridge

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on April 14, 2010 8:46 am

BIKING!!  An event to bridge the gap from winter to summer sports.

APRIL 17, 2010
10:00am Start Time

The 2010 Imperial Challenge is a fundraiser for No Excuses Unlimited, the fundraising arm for the US Adaptive Ski Team.

If you’re looking for a tough honest challenge with a low key community vibe then you’ve come to the right place. Entering its 17th or 18th year (we really can’t remember when it started) the Imperial Challenge helps commemorate closing weekend at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Conceived as a bridge from winter to summer, the Imperial Challenge is a test of who can come off the couch (Duke Barlow) in the best form and morph into summer activities. We do know that some of you out there actually “train” for the Imperial but that’s mainly due to wagers amongst friends (Granville and Joe!). Then there are the mainstays who are just plain fit no matter the season (Mike Kloser, Scott Yule). Lastly there are those who do it for just plain fun such as Mark Taylor, one of the originators who is the only person to have competed in EVERY Imperial Challenge.

Choose from three different categories, Expert Level Course, Citizen Level Course, or as part of a three person team.

The first portion of the Imperial Challenge is a bike ride from the Breckenridge Recreation Center on Airport Road to the base of the Breckenridge Ski Resort via County Road 3. The route is 6.2 miles and is on mostly dirt road. Total Elevation gain of the bike ride is 950′ with 450′ of descending for a net gain of 523′.

Neutral Start format from Rec Center north to the intersection of Airport Road and County Road 3.
Turn Left onto County Road 3 (Barton Road)
Bear Right at first major fork continuing on County Road 3 (Barton Road)
Ignore all minor roadways and continue on County Road 3.
Turn Right at intersection of County Road 3 and American Way. This section of County Road 3 is also called Ski Hill Road.
Continue on County Road 3 (Ski Hill Road) to the Bergenhof at the base of the Peak 8 Ski Area.
The Transition Area is behind the Bergenof Restaurant. EARLY AM DROP OFF OF EQUIPMENT IN TRANSITION AREA BEGINS AT 8:30.

FOR TEAMS, the Bergenhof is the first leg and your second teammate takes over here!

Climb 900 Vertical Feet up the Claimjumper trail to the bottom of the T Bar, turn around, and descend Claimjumper to the finish (racers 16 years of age and younger MUST do the Citizens Course).

Climb 3000 Vertical Feet to the top of Peak 8 at 12987′ of elevation.
The course climbs Claimjumper to the T Bar line to the shoulder ridge line of Peak 8.

Teammate #2 climbs to the Top of the T Bar and touches off to teammate #3.

The ascent may be done on any non-motorized, non-mechanized equipment such as snowshoes, skis with skins, cross country skis, or a split board. All equipment that you carry up must come back down with you.

The descent MUST be done on equipment with at least 3/4 length metal edges.
Running cleats, sleds, skate/classic nordic skis are not allowed.
Here’s the route:
From the top of Peak 8 descend Whale’s Tail to Vertigo to Claimjumper.
The snow on Whale’s Tail and Vertigo is off-piste and therefore variable.

There will be control gates, just like in alpine ski racing, to control speed.

Register on line at

Entry Fees:
$45 Pre-Registered
$55 Day of Registration

Packet pick-up will be at the Breckenridge Recreation Center on race day beginning at 8:00 am. This is also the Race Start location and the best place to park.

Athlete Gift
Post Race Refreshments

Top 3 Overall Men and Women (Expert Course)receive cash…1st Place=$100, 2nd Place=$75, 3rd Place =$50.
Merchandise will be awarded to Overall 4th-10th Place Overall Men and Women.
Medals will be awarded top the Top Finisher in each Expert age category, 19 and Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
The Top Citizen Male and Female will receive a medal.
The top finishing team will receive medals.