Elephant Rock ready to roll

Riders have options in state’s largest cycling event

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Tom Walton of Colorado Springs cruises to the finish line of last year’s 62-mile Elephant Rock ride. The 27th annual Elephant Rock Cycling Festival will start and finish June 1 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock.
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For the 27th year, the Subaru Elephant Rock Ride will unofficially kick off the start of cycling season on the Front Range.

The June 1 event in Castle Rock offers 100-, 62- and 32-mile rides, along with a 27-mile fat tire ride, and an eight-mile family fun ride.

“It really is a great time to start the season,” event director Scott Harris said. “The roads are getting clear, temperatures are warming up and people are starting to get into their training.”

The region’s largest cycling event will host live music, food and an expo showcasing the best of the outdoor industry. More than 60 vendors are expected to be at the expo.

As the largest cycling festival in Colorado, event officials say they expect a projected 7,500 cyclists in attendance.

“From the eight-mile family ride to the century course there’s something that’s right for everyone, even beginners,” Harris said.

Proceeds from the Subaru Elephant Rock Ride go to assisting several nonprofit partners in raising funds for their organizations.

In 2013, around $330,000 was raised on behalf of The Colorado Neurological Institute, Team Transplant, ALZ Stars, Team Zimbabwe, The Ride School of Denver and The Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation.

The cost of the event is $85 for adults riding the 100- and 62-mile courses, $6 for adults riding the 32- and 27-mile courses, $50 for children riding the 32- and 27-mile courses and $40 for the eight-mile family ride.

Each rider will receive a ticket to a post-ride Italian lunch, a specially designed 2014 Subaru Elephant Rock T-shirt, a virtual goodie bag and a chance to win dozens of valuable prizes and a bike number and wristband.

Riders must wear their event wristband at all times. The wristband will provide access to the courses and refreshments at the aid stations and serve as a ticket to the post lunch and prize drawings at the post party.

Helmets are required for all rides. For the 100- and 62-mile courses, riders must be at least 15 years of age.

Ride-day registration will be held at the Event Center at The Douglas County Fairgrounds from 4-8 p.m. May 31 and 5:30-9 a.m. June 1.

Camping is available at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday night for both tent camping and RV camper parking. The cost is $20 per campsite and RV spot.

“Cycling is fun alone, but there’s something special about riding in a group like this,” Harris said.

This year the Subaru Elephant Rock Ride is introducing a new race to the festival.

Douglas County’s Greenland Ranch open space will host Colorado’s 1st annual EROCK Sunrise to Sunset Front Range Relay Mountain Bike Race. The course is a fast 8.25-mile loop with stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Rampart Range and will take place May 31.

The Sunrise to Sunset race is designed to offer recreational and competitive cyclists the opportunity to experience the thrill of competing in a challenging endurance race on a less technical off-road course.

The daylong race offers competitors with awards, prize packages and a post-race awards celebration.