Outside Events Cycling Series, formerly Roll Massif, part of Outside Inc., and a collection of Colorado-based cycling events, will host the final Elephant Rock Ride in Castle Rock, Colorado on Saturday, June 5, 2022. Denver7 is a proud partner of the event.
“Due to the rapid growth of the region and the challenges of increased traffic and construction, we have decided to end the classic Front Range after this year and plan to announce a new ride during the event to add to our series in the future,” Scott said. Olmsted, event director.
Elephant Rock has had a tremendous “ride” that dates back 35 years and remains one of Colorado’s oldest cycling traditions. When Scot Haris started the ride, Castle Rock was a small country town of 10,000 people. Today it is a bustling community with over 80,000 residents and growing. From humble beginnings in 1987 at Lewis Palmer High School with just 1200 runners to Douglas High School and the Douglas County Fairgrounds with over 7800 runners – Elephant Rock has raised over a million dollars for local charities over its 30-year history.
“The Elephant Rock ride has been the foundation of the cycling community for over three decades and has been a must-attend event in Douglas County and Castle Rock during that time,” said KC Neal, Castle Rock Bike and Ski Owner and President. of the Castle Rock Downtown Merchants Association. “The ride is unique in that it has something for everyone – from elite athletes to kids learning to ride a bike. Of course, time in the saddle is only part of the fun. with vendors, music, beer, food and other entertainment awaiting cyclists at the end of their cycling adventure.This event has always been about the joy of riding a bike and even if it will be missed, we know the ride encouraged people to get on their bikes and enjoy the scenery and beauty of our wonderful county and city.
Held in conjunction with Elephant Rock, Sunrise to Sunset is a 12-hour endurance race that capitalizes on Castle Rock’s beautiful Philip S. Miller Park. The fun 6.5 mile course is cut into the hills and drainages surrounding the park and offers stunning views from the staging area for team members and spectators. Participants can race individually or form a team that loves to shred for a memorable day of racing, camaraderie and laughter. Cyclists have the opportunity to participate in the Race the Sun Challenge, a new points system that determines the fastest riders entering the race.
Elephant Rock prides itself on offering a great ride that is matched only by the post-race celebration, including lunch, live music, exhibition area and beer garden. The organizers of the event are committed to offering the same experience in this last year of the event.
What to expect from Elephant Rock:
- Cost to ride: $30-$75 *Includes Elephant Rock memorial t-shirt, refreshments, on-course support, and post-ride lunch
- Where to register: Online until Monday, May 30, 2022.
- Meet at the Douglas County Fairgrounds:
- Saturday, June 4, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Registration and collection of parcels
- Sunday, June 5, 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Registration without an appointment and collection of parcels
- Event date: June 5, 2022, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Location: Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock, Colorado.
To celebrate the end of an era, participants who join in this final swansong to the event can choose between four separate rides (100, 62, 45 miles) or a 12-mile family ride. There is a course for everyone, from beginner to expert. The 100-mile scenic route connects country roads through riding estates east of Franktown to the rolling hills of the Black Forest. The 62-mile course crosses the high plains between Denver and Colorado Springs. On a clear day, cyclists will enjoy views of the Front Range from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak. The 45 mile course winds through famous Front Range riding country with some gently rolling hills. Participants who make the weekend a family affair can register the kids for the free kids’ race or challenge themselves with the 12-mile family ride with a parade-style rollout that’s fun for kids and parents alike. Aid stations are available on each course to help participants stay hydrated and energized.
By riding as a team at Elephant Rock, cyclists will be able to support a charity or non-profit organization of their choice. Outside events will donate 10% of the entry fee paid by team members to the chosen organization. Additionally, the team with the most members will receive a $1,000 donation to the selected non-profit organization. To qualify, a team must have 50 or more members and must register by May 1, 2022 to participate.
Online registration for Elephant Rock is open until Monday 30 May. And walk-in registrations are welcome at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5.
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