Copper Crush Is Coming In Hot

The 1st Annual Copper Crush, July 30th
We are excited to bring this spectacular new venue to the RME Series. Copper Mountain Resort has rolled out the red carpet for us, bringing in live music, gourmet burgers, craft beers, family activities and of course an exciting racecourse that will delight sweet singletrack aficionados. Register to race & retreat here. 

Bring the family up for the weekend and get out of the city heat. The list of things to do here is endless, and it will take all of two days to sample them.  A ride on the American Eagle lift takes you to 11,375 feet for mountain exploration. Flip, spin, and fling yourself into the blue Copper Mountain sky on our quad power jump. Come and scale the largest outdoor climbing wall in Colorado. Take a few laps on our Go-Karts, ride your mountain bike downhill, get a hole in one on our mini or regular size golf course. The possibilities are endless.
If all you want to do is relax in an Adirondack chair and listen to performers in Burning Stones Plaza, this is the place to do that also. There is a racing distance for all ages and abilities, no license required. We even have a free Kidz race for the 9 and unders.
After the race, all competitors get to enjoy theColorado Burger Summit. Restaurants compete for the title of Colorado’s Best Burger and you get to be the judge! The winner receives the Golden Ticket that will send them to compete in the nationally televised World Food Championships for the World’s Best Burger. Come feast on burgers, grab a beer and get down to live music with the Margarita Bros.
Copper Mountain has extended some great discounted lodging specials for this race, see the lodging pageand take advantage of this unique opportunity to relax in this special corner of Summit County.


Friday, July 29th


  • 10:00am – 5:00pm – Family Activities Location:  Center Village – purchase Day Passes $49 at Copper Sports
  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm – Check-in and registration open in Center Village at Endo’s.
  • 7:00pm – Bikes, Brews, and Tunes. Roll into Burning Stones Plaza then grab a beer and a seat by the fireside. Build camaraderie as you join other biking enthusiasts listening to local musicians.
Saturday, July 30th
  • 6:00am – 8:00am – Check-in and registration open – Center Village
  • 9:00am – Endurance Race Start
    • Endurance Race – 40 miles (4 laps)
  • 12:30pm – XC Race Start
    • XC Race – 20 miles (2 laps)
    • 1:00pm – Appetizer and Juniors 17-18 Race Start
      • Appetizer Race – 10 miles (1 lap)
      • Juniors 15-18 Race – 10 miles (1 lap)
        • Juniors 10-14 Race – 6 miles (1/2 lap)
  • 10:00am – 7:00pm – Family Activities Location:  Center Village – purchase Day Passes $49 at Copper Sports
  • 10:00am – Nature Talk Location:  Center Village – at the base of the American Eagle Lift
  • 11:30am – Free Warriors Kids Race (9 and under)
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm – Colorado Burger Summit – Gourmet Burger sampling included with entry (Burning Stones Plaza)
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm – Live Music with Margarita Bros.
  • 4:45pm – Chef Winners of Burger Summit announced during band
  • 7:30pm – Copper Campfire and Live Music with Randel McKinnon – Center Village at the Fire Globe
  • 9:30pm – Fireworks over West Lake in Center Village
Sunday, July 31st
Come IN DROVES (seriously – bring everyone you know) to help rally this unique Camp Powder Gap premier event. Participants will be placed on one of two teams that will scour center village a Copper Mountain to find your opponents flags! Multiple flags will be used for each team, creating a greater challenge!  Prizes will be placed strategically across the venue including, but not limited to – cold, hard CASH – cha ching!

The Silent Auction will remain open to bidders from 8am until 3pm, and auction winners will be announced at 3 p.m. and must be present to win.  Live music at Burning Stones Plaza will begin at 9:30 am.  Eufórquestra will take the stage at 12pm, providing the sounds of modern funk and roots with vintage soul. Please come dressed for any and all weather. The event will take place come rain, sleet, snow or sunshine (trust us, it only adds to the fun)!
8:00am                             Capture the Flag Registration
8:00am – 3:00pm          Silent Auction benefitting Camp Powder Gap
9:30am                              Live Music TBD
10:00am – 3:00pm          Capture the Flag Game
10:30am –                          Pedals for Pints – Community Bike Ride – Center Village – Gravitee Sports
12:30pm –                          Mountain Pose Yoga on the Mountain at Solitude Station
12:00pm – 3:00pm           Live Music from Euforquestra
3:00pm                               Auction Winners Announced (must be present to win)

A Classic Breck 100

The Breck 100 is a long time staple of the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series, and it is widely regarded as one of the hardest 100 mile bike races in North America.  With nearly 14,000 feet of high altitude climbing in Breckenridge, Colorado, it takes a special mountain bike racer to pull off a win here.  This year, Bryan Dillon of Topeak Ergon would clinch the victory for the pro men with a time of 8:29:14, and Sari Anderson would claim the pro women’s victory.


Josh Tostado, “Mr. Breck 100” – 7-time winner completing his 11th race here, would hold off David Krimstock for 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

The highlight of the race this year was the gorgeous sunny weather with temps in the 70’s and a light breeze to keep racers cool.  Carter Park was the race headquarters where the cloverleaf loops circled back on themselves and the after-race party took place.  All competitors, support crews, spectators, families – literally everyone in the venue – were treated to a gourmet buffet dinner and craft beers from Upslope Brewery.  It was a good day to be in Carter Park!

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With 8 Aid Stations placed about every 10 miles, the racers were kept well fueled and hydrated for their respective “tests”.  There were three different disciplines, or distances, offered as is typical in RME Series racing, with this one being slightly longer than usual.


Full results can be viewed here.

Race photos from Linda Guerrette Photography can be viewed here.

PV Derby Course Preview

The Warriors Cycling team headed out to Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch earlier this week to do some trail work and pre-ride the course.  I must say that this was my first time at the ranch and I was absolutely blown away by the beauty, trails, and environment.  Wildflowers were abundantly sprouting on the rolling ranch land and the ponderosa pines are always impressive.

My photography does not do the Pikes Peak views justice
My photography does not do the Pikes Peak views justice

One of my favorite things to do is volunteer with my local mountain bike club on their trail work nights.  The feeling of getting out on the trails and shaping them with shovels, Pulaski’s, McLeod’s, and of course rocks is hard to beat.  It allows you to truly get a feel for how trails are shaped, drained, and the creation of “flow” as we like to call it.  With that said, I was pumped to work on our PV Derby race course!

Clearing the trail up Bobcat Gulch

We are planning on some more trail work on the course this Wednesday and Thursday.  Help is needed and we are offering a FREE race entry AND the opportunity to pre-ride the course before it opens on Friday morning.  Contact me for details.

Placing some good, flat rocks over a stream crossing
Placing some good, flat rocks over a stream crossing

Once we finished our trail work for the day it was time to ride.  To be honest I was not going to ride because of a nagging knee injury but after being out on the trails and imagining what they’d be like on my bike I couldn’t resist.

It is very hard to describe the beauty of the area and the trails.  The course hits all of your riding senses; from fast open meadows, to technical rocky downhills, uphills, traverses, and fast flowy singletrack through Ponderosa Pines.

Fast, flowy singletrack through the Ponderosa Pines
Fast, flowy singletrack through the Ponderosa Pines


Open meadows = time to put it in the big ring and pedal!
Open meadows = time to put it in the big ring and pedal!


Fun and technical uphill in the Crevices section of the course
Fun and technical uphill in the Crevices section of the course

Originally we planned on setting the course as an 11-mile circuit but after our ride we decided to add more singletrack and less laps.  The course is now a 17-mile circuit meaning 3 laps for Endurance, 2 laps for XC, and 1 lap for Appetizer.  Juniors, depending on age, will be lapping the short course.

In the end I was very impressed with the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch.  I haven’t even begun to tell you about the campsites, disc golf course, and lake.  Come out Friday to experience it for yourself first hand when pre-riding opens at 10:00am.  On-site registration and check-in opens at 4:00pm followed by a potluck for all racers camping on-site.  Make sure to bring your favorite picnic style dish to share with all.  After the potluck join us for a group Night Ride presented by Voyager Made.  They will have 15-20 bike lights available for use.  We’ll take a smooth social lap around the 5-mile junior course.  I can’t wait to experience the trails at night.

You can find more details about the race schedule, the Upslope Brewing BBQ & Brews, and start times on our Event Info page.  Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all on the trails on Saturday!


Postponement – Ridgeline Rampage

Hello Racers,

We were really hoping to race tomorrow but unfortunately received too much moisture here in Castle Rock making the trails unrideable. With potentially even more rain on the way, we have to postpone again and are currently eyeing September 17th as the new race date. We will confirm the new race date this coming week so please stay tuned.

Thank you everyone for your patience over the past two weekends.

From all of us on Race Crew,

Warriors Cycilng