The Outside Events cycling chain, formerly known as Roll Massif, is hosted by Outside Inc. , and a host of Colorado cycling events, the Final Elephant Rock Tour in Castle Rock, Colorado on Saturday, June 5, 2022. Denver7 is proud to be the event partner.
“Given the rapid growth in the region and the challenges of increased traffic and construction, we have decided to end the Front Range Classic after this year and plan to announce a new ride at this event to add to our series going forward,” Scott said. Olmsted, event director.
Elephant Rock has had a phenomenal “ride” going back 35 years and still remains one of Colorado’s oldest cycling traditions. When Scott Harris first started riding, Castle Rock was a small rural town of 10,000 residents. Today it is a crowded community of more than 80,000 residents and their number is growing. From its humble beginnings in 1987 at Lewis Palmer High School with just 1,200 riders to Douglas High School and the Douglas County Fairgrounds with over 7,800 occupants – Elephant Rock has raised more than $1 million for local charities over its 30-year history.
KC Neal, owner of Castle Rock Bike and Ski and president of the Downtown Castle Rock Dealers Association, said. “The ride is unique in that it has something for everyone – from elite athletes to kids just learning how to ride a bike. Of course, time in the saddle is only part of the fun with the vendors, music, beer, food and other entertainment that awaits the riders at the end of their adventure in Cycling. This event has always been about the fun of cycling, and while we will miss it, we know the ride has helped encourage people to ride their bikes and enjoy the scenery and beauty of our wonderful county and town.”
Alongside Elephant Rock, the Sunrise to Sunset Race is a 12-hour endurance race that takes advantage of the beautiful Philip S. Miller Park at Castle Rock. The fun 6.5-mile trail cuts through the hills and banks surrounding the park and provides a wide view from the staging area for team members and spectators. Participants can race as an individual or form a team that loves ripping off an unforgettable day of racing, camaraderie, and laughter. Cyclists have the option to participate in Race the Sun Challenge, a new points system that identifies the fastest riders participating in the race.
Elephant Rock prides itself on offering an excellent ride to be met by a post-ride celebration, including lunch, live music, exhibition area, and a beer garden. The event organizers are committed to providing the same experience in this final year of the event.
What to expect from Elephant Rock:
- ride cost: $30 – $75 *Includes Elephant Rock Memorial T-shirt, refreshments, in-cycle support, and lunch after the ride
- Registration place: Online until Monday 30 May 2022.
- Walking the Douglas County Fairgrounds:
- Saturday, June 4, 1:00-7:00 p.m. – Sign up and receive packages
- Sunday, June 5, 5:00-9:00 a.m. – Immediate registration and package pickup
- Date of Event: June 5, 2022, 6:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- location: Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock, Colorado.
To celebrate the end of an era, participants joining the event’s final swan song can choose between four separate rides (100, 62, 45 miles) or a 12-mile family ride. There is a path for everyone, beginner to expert. The 100-mile scenic trail connects country roads through equine properties east of Franktown to the rolling hills of the Black Forest. The 62-mile trail runs through 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 the famous Front Range horse country with a few gently rolling hills. Entrants who make the weekend a family affair can sign the kids up for the free Kids’ Race, or challenge themselves with the 12-mile family ride with a parade-style show that’s fun for both kids and parents alike. Help stations are available at each session to help keep participants hydrated and increase their energy.
By participating 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 percent of the registration fee paid by team members to the chosen organization. In addition, the team with the most members will receive a donation of $1,000 to the selected nonprofit. To qualify, a team must have 50 or more members and must register before May 1, 2022 to participate.
Online registration for Elephant Rock is open through Monday, May 30. Registrations are welcome at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th.
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