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Posted By Roll Massif | Updated 2020-02-16 18:41:13 in Bikes & Cycling
Roll Massif Elephant Rock

Roll Massif Elephant Rock

Douglas County Fairgrounds
500 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80104, USA

Start Date
06/07/2020
Start Time
6:00 AM
End Date
06/07/2020
End Time
6:30 PM



RIDE THE ROCK, ROCK THE RIDE

Elephant Rock is a true Colorado cycling classic, dating back more than 30 years. This legend has endured for good reason — the excellent riding is matched by the festival atmosphere (think 7,000 riders loving life) and the professional support out on course.

This year we have three road courses (40, 62 and 100 miles), two gravel routes (27 and 56 miles) and one great family ride (8 miles). It all goes down June 2 in Castle Rock, Colorado, with all rides starting and finishing at Douglas County Fairgrounds.

And the rides are only half the party! The Colorado Bike Expo on June 1-2 will feature scores of cool exhibitors, demos, live music, food and more.

IT’S A PICNIC, PARTY AND EXPO ALL IN ONE!

Whether you are riding or just watching the fun, come explore the active expo area where you’ll learn more about the sport of cycling from industry leaders like Primal, Skratch, Shimano, Rudy Project, SOS Socks and Clif Bar to name a few. Also enjoy BMX flatland and aerial stunts, a kid zone, bike rodeo, learn to ride clinics, demos, a fashion show and more. Party at the Rock will also include live entertainment, a beer garden and food trucks! It’s fun for all ages.

Learn to Ride clinics for the youngsters are also free.

Tickets to the lunch are also available for friends and family for $15 each.  These may be purchased online when registering until May 14. Otherwise, friends and family may partake via point of purchase with the vendors themselves.

We ask that you please keep your pets at home as the festival will host a few thousand people and the environment will not be safe for your furry friends.

EROCK IS GREEN

The Elephant Rock and Zero Hero have teamed up again for better recycling and waste management. We will be shooting for 85% “zero waste”, which means 85% of all waste generated MUST stay out of the landfill. The program includes adding a compost and recycling option along with trash, forming a green team and purchasing environmentally friendly products.

Our partner in this effort is ZeroHero out of Fort Collins. ZeroHero is one of the premier “green” event management companies in the country.

BECOME AN EXHIBITOR

Click to see our Exhibitor Specific Event Posts For More Info on exhibiting with Roll Massif

DETAILS & PRICING

The Elephant Rock Cycling Festival is the official start to the Colorado cycling season. You will not want to miss the excitement and camaraderie of the 32nd annual pilgrimage to Castle Rock.

Included with your Registration

In addition to a great experience riding some of Colorado’s most scenic countryside, each participant will receive:

  • Commemorative item
  • Refreshments and support throughout the ride
  • Goodies from our many sponsors
  • A chance to win dozens of valuable prizes
  • Bike Number and Wristband (see below)
  • Opportunity to participate in friendly time segments (if applicable)

*Event Lunch and Ride T-Shirt are available for an additional charge.

Before you Register, please consider:

  • Tandems are allowed on all courses, but each rider on the tandem bicycle must register separately.
  • All riders will receive a bike number and wristband. You must wear your event wristband at all times. Your wristband will give you access to the courses and refreshments at each aid station, act as your ticket to the post-ride lunch and validate winning tickets that are drawn for prizes, courtesy of our great partners.
  • Your bike number should be attached to the top tube of your bicycle. Colorado State Patrol has the authority to remove anyone from the course without a bike number. Failure to adhere to this policy could result in both organization ramifications and legal charges.
  • You must wear your helmet at all times while riding. Protect your rock!

2019 PRICING

ALL registrations include a donation to Bikes for Backpacks and youth under the age of 18 ride FREE (for a limited time) on all courses.

Packets will ONLY be available on Saturday 6/1 or the morning of the ride Sunday, June 2 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Individual Fee for the 100/62 Mile Road Courses – $90

Price Increases:
March 19th – $100
June 1 & 2 – $115

Individual Fee for the 56 Mile Gravel Course – $90

Price Increases:
March 19th – $100
June 1 & 2 – $115

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

There is a lot going on the weekend of the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival. Here is the low down as to dates and times to ensure you make the most of your time in Castle Rock.

Saturday June 1 (REGISTRATION & EXPO)

  • 7:00 a.m. – Sunrise to Sunset Elephant Rock Mountain Bike Race
  • 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Registration & Packet Pick-Up
  • 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Camping / RV Check-In
  • 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Colorado Bike Expo @ EROCK
    • 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Food Trucks & Beer Garden
    • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Learn to Ride Clinics
    • 1:00 p.m. – BMX Demonstration: StuntMasters
    • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Live Music
    • 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Bike Rodeo (Free to Participate)
    • 3:00 p.m. – Fashion Show
    • 4:00 p.m. – BMX Demonstration: StuntMasters
    • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Live Music
    • 6:30 p.m. – Bike Rodeo Awards
  • 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Town Trolley Shuttle (servicing Downtown, MAC, Fairgrounds)

*Afternoon to include several prize drawings.

Sunday June 2 (RIDE DAY & EXPO)

  • 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Registration & Packet Pick-Up
  • 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – 100 Mile Start
  • 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – 62 Mile Start
  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – 56, 40 & 27 Mile Start
  • 9:00 a.m. – 8 Mile Family Ride Start (Mass Start)
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Colorado Bike Expo @ EROCK / Party at the Rock
    • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Lunch / Food Trucks & Beer Garden
    • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Live Music
    • 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – BMX Demonstration: StuntMasters
    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Live Music
    • 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – BMX Demonstration: StuntMasters
  • 4:00 p.m. – All Courses Close

*Late morning / afternoon to include several prize drawings.

8-MILE FAMILY FUN RIDE

The family course is perfect for beginners and families with little cycling experience. The family course heads out on the East Plum Creek Bike Path and includes interesting terrain and awesome vistas of the Rockies. It’s perfect for those looking to spin their legs for a bit before returning to the festival and expo for a fun-filled day.

Please line up at 8:45 a.m. sharp. We will have the Castle Rock Police escort for us for the first mile (so we can avoid a construction area on the bike path). Having the parade-style roll-out is fun for kids and parents alike.

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Miles: 8
Elevation Gain: 
400′
Aid Station: 4 miles



27-MILE GRAVEL

Curious about what this whole gravel cycling thing is? The 27-mile mixed-surface route is a great way to find out! It starts and finishes on pavement, with a beautiful stretch of gravel through Castlewood Canyon State Park.

Sure a gravel bike is ideal for this route, but you’ll be perfectly fine on a mountain bike or a cyclocross bike. Just stay loose and have fun!

Start Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Miles: 27
Elevation Gain: 1,700ft
Aid Station: 
16 Mile


56-MILE GRAVEL

Ready to get off the pavement and roll mile after mile of quiet gravel roads with a great group? This ride is for you.

This route heads south along with the road options for a few miles, then ducks off on its own adventure. Held mostly on wide, gravel roads, this sportive features a KOM/QOM segment where you can really push yourself. As for the pace on the rest of it – that is up to you! Roll Massif sportives are not out-and-out races, so don’t feel like you have to keep the hammer down the whole time. In fact, we encourage you to enjoy the day. Regroup when it makes sense. Stop and take photos. Make friends. Life is short!

What bike should you ride for this? The one you have, of course! Seriously though, a gravel or cyclocross bike is ideal, but experienced roadies could make it on a road bike, and a mountain bike is certainly a great option too. Just stay loose and have fun.

Start Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Miles: 56
Elevation Gain: 3,600ft
Aid Stations: 
21 and 45 miles


40-MILE ROAD

This course tours through famous Front Range horse country with a few gentle rolling hills. It’s the perfect route for riders who have not logged many training miles or just want a nice early season ride.

Start Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Miles:
40
Elevation Gain: 2,500ft
Aid Stations: 15 and 28 miles

Sag wagons will rove the course with additional water and supplies, while providing roadside assistance to those experiencing mechanical problems or those who become too fatigued to finish. Please be prepared however to handle your own flats and minor repairs.  Road Marshals, Colorado State Patrol and Rapid Response will be on hand to help make your ride safe and enjoyable.


62-MILE ROAD

This course traverses the high plains between Denver and Colorado Springs. On clear days, cyclists enjoy views of the Front Range from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak.

If the 60-plus miles and 3,700ft of elevation gain aren’t enough of a challenge, we’ll also have a timed KOM/QOM segment on Tomah Road to test you and your buddies.

Don’t worry about stuffing your jersey pockets with food or drinks; we’ve got you taken care of with three feed stops out on course.

Tagalong bike trailers and Burley-style trailers are not permitted on this course.

Start Time: 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Miles:
60.5
Elevation Gain: 3,700ft
Aid Stations: 
17, 38 and 49 miles



100-MILE ROAD

This scenic and quiet route connects the country roads through the horse properties east of Franktown to the rolling hills of the Black Forest. It’s a perfect early season century, with beautiful and engaging miles that have some rollers but no mountain passes.

If the 100 miles and 6,000ft of elevation gain aren’t enough of a challenge, we’ll also have a timed KOM/QOM segment on Tomah Road to challenge you and your buddies.

Don’t worry about stuffing your jersey pockets with food or drinks; we’ve got you taken care of with seven (yes, seven!) feed stops out on course.

Tagalong bike trailers and Burley-style trailers are not permitted on the 100-mile course.

Start Time: 5:30 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Miles:
101
Elevation Gain:  5,800ft
Aid Stations: 15, 26, 39, 51, 64, 78 and 89 miles

Sag wagons will rove the course with additional water and supplies, while providing roadside assistance to those experiencing mechanical problems or those who become too fatigued to finish. Please be prepared however to handle your own flats and minor repairs.  Road Marshals, Colorado State Patrol and Rapid Response will be on hand to help make your ride safe and enjoyable.

DIRECTIONS / PARKING

PARKING IS TRICKY WITH SO MANY OF US CONGREGATING IN A SMALL TOWN. HOWEVER, HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO MAKE YOUR PARKING FAST AND RELATIVELY PAIN-FREE. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO COME TO TOWN ON SATURDAY FOR THE FIRST DAY OF THE BIKE EXPO OR CARPOOL ON SUNDAY!

From Denver: Exit 181 (Plum Creek Parkway) accesses the largest number of parking spots around the Fair Grounds. Parking attendants and Law Enforcement will be waiting for you at the bottom of this exit to direct you to the closest available parking. Exit #182 (Wilcox St.) is also a great option to find parking downtown. There is a wide variety of hastle-free parking options scattered throughout the town to spread out the steady stream of cars. Please be considerate of the local merchants that are open and only park in designated areas. You may have to ride your bike up to a mile to get to the start/registration area. Please see the map below for directions to the designated areas.

From Colorado Springs: Your best option when coming form the south is to exit northbound I25 on exit #174 (Tomah Road) and continue north on the I25 Frontage road on the east side of the Highway. Just before entering Castle Rock, you will see a large parking area just north of Medved Ford (lot E).

Downtown Castle Rock Parking: Exit #182 is a good option to find parking downtown. PLEASE be considerate of the local merchants that are open and ONLY park in designated areas.


TRAVEL & LODGING

Picturesque Castle Rock, located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, is ideally positioned along the front range of the magnificent rocky mountains and is home to the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival and Bike Expo.

With a reputation for small-town hospitality, this charming community has received recognition by numerous national publications as one of the best towns to live, work and play. Experience everything from designer boutiques and one-of-a-kind restaurants in the historic downtown to a destination outlet mall with over 300 shops, restaurants and banquet rooms. Whether you are shopping, dining, recreating or indulging in one of the popular day spas, you are sure to have a memorable experience.

 

FOOD – LOCAL FAVORITES

There are many good spots to grab a bite to eat while in Castle Rock. If you are planning to arrive early and eat a pre-ride dinner in town, here are some of our favorites. Click here for a full list

 

CAMPING AT THE ROCK

Overnight accommodations are available at the Douglas County Fair Grounds on Saturday night for both tent camping and RV campers. Check-in is between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Indoor showers will be available in the Events Center from 7 p.m. on Saturday night until 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The cost is $30 per RV spot, $15 per tent spot and $5 per indoor spot. It’s first come first serve but there are plenty of spots.  All indoor spots will be located at Kirk Hall.  You may sign up online when registering or simply purchase a pass when you register or on our gear page.  

 

LODGING & HOTELS

 

Hotel NameAddressPhone Number
Best Western Plus Castle Rock595 Genoa Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109(303) 814-8800
Hampton Inn Castle Rock4830 Castleton Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109(303) 660-9800
Days Inn & Suites Castle Rock4691 Castleton Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109(303) 814-5825
Super 8 Castle Rock Colorado1020 Park St, Castle Rock, CO 80109(720) 773-6130
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver South – Castle Rock610 Genoa Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109(303) 688-0888
La Quinta Inn & Suites Castle Rock884 Park St, Castle Rock, CO 80109303) 660-2230
Comfort Suites4755 Castleton Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109(303) 814-9999
The Castle Pines Motel807-A Wilcox St, Castle Rock, CO 80104(303) 688-8053
Castle Inn200 E Wolfensberger Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80109(303) 663-4111
Castle Rock Motel125 S Wilcox St, Castle Rock, CO 80104(303) 688-9728



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