PENNSYLVANIA GULCH GRIND July 14, 2021

GENERAL INFORMATION

Welcome to what many feel is the best course in the series!  The Pennsylvania Gulch Grind has it all!  Great singletrack, rewarding descents, and climbs that will test your fitness!

New for 2021 is that Juniors 10 & Under, 11-12 will be racing an Individual Time Trial starting at the top of Aspen Alley and finishing at the Ice Rink. See Course Descriptions for more detail on that!

CATEGORIES

MEN CATEGORIES-Adult Racing age is Your Age by September 12, 2021

  • Beginner Men
  • Sport Men 19-34
  • Sport Men 35-49
  • Sport Men 50+
  • Expert Men 19-39
  • Expert Men 40-49
  • Expert Men 50+
  • Pro Open Men
  • Singlespeed Open Men
  • Clydesdale Men (200lbs)
  • Big Bike Open-designed for those on Trail Bikes with minimum 5″ of travel and that weigh at least 30lbs
  • Open Men 60+…an open category with no “Ability” distinction…

WOMEN CATEGORIES-Adult Racing age is Your Age by September 12, 2021

  • Beginner Women
  • Sport Women
  • Expert + Singlespeed Women(One Category)
  • Pro Open Women
  • Open Women 45+…an open category with no “Ability” distinction…

JUNIOR CATEGORIES-Junior Racing Age is your Age by August 25, 2021

Junior Boys 10 & Under (15-45 minute course depending on venue)
Junior Boys 11-12 (15-45 minute course depending on venue)

  • Junior Boys 13-15 (30-60 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Boys 16-18 (60-75 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Girls 10 & Under (15-45 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Girls 11-12 (15-45 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Girls 13-15 (30-60 minute course depending on venue)
  • Junior Girls 16-18 (30-60 minute course depending on venue)
REGISTRATION/NUMBER PICK UP

Number Pickup is at the Ice Rink NOT THE START
The Start is 3 miles from the Ice Rink and there is no parking at the Start. So please plan accordingly!
To get to the Start from the Ice Rink:
Ride east on Boreas Pass Road
Turn right onto Illinois Gulch Road
At top of Illinois Gulch Road turn left onto Bunker Hill Lode
Take immediate right onto Boreas Pass Road
Ride approx. 1 mile to end of pavement at the Boreas Pass Trailead.

PICKUP BEGINS AT 4:00PM 

NUMBER PLATES-yours for the season whether you signed up for the season or not BUT PLEASE READ ON!

  • To Season Pass and MTB Junior Leaguers: Replacement plates will be $5 so please take care of them. I recommend taking them off your bike between races. There is no need to check-in at subsequent races.
  • To Single Race entrants: You may re-use the plate you received at previous races this season. 
    • If you sign up on Bikereg.com you will be asked if you have a plate from THIS SEASON. Enter that number, make payment and you’re all set. There is no need to check-in at subsequent races.
    • If you are signing up using Day-of Registration Google Form, please bring your number with you to registration when you are making payment. 

 

ENTRY FEES
$30 Adults Pre-Registered/$35 Day-of
$20 Juniors 18 & Under (Even if “Racing Up” into an adult category)

There are 2 Ways to Register!!
1.  ONLINE REGISTRATION-CLICK THE BIKEREG LOGO

2.  DAY-OF REGISTRATION OPTION
Register on Race Day using this Google Form
We accept Cash, Checks and Credit Cards

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

The start for this race is at the Bakers Tank Trailhead. There is NO PARKING at the Trailhead.
Please plan on riding the 3 miles from the Ice Rink to the Start (DIrections below)

To get to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena
189 Boreas Pass Road Breckenridge
From Frisco take Highway 9 south toward Breckenridge
After 7-11 stay on Highway 9/S. Park Ave
Take Highway 9 around downtown and make right onto Main St at Main St. Station, continuing on Highway 9 South
Take left at light onto Boreas Pass Road
The Skating Rink is 1/4 mile on your right
Park in the east end of the lot.

DIRECTIONS TO THE START FROM THE ICE RINK
Ride east on Boreas Pass Road approx 1 mile and turn right onto Illinois Gulch Road
Take Illinois Gulch Road all the way to the top and turn left onto Bunker Hill Lode (very short)
Turn right onto Boreas Pass Road and ride approx 1 mile to the Trailhead and start area

START TIMES & DISTANCE

NEW KIDS’ COURSE FOR 2021
All Juniors 10 & Under, 11-12 will race an Individual Time Trial starting at top of  Aspen Alley
Aspen Alley TT Start List

10.5 MILES (PENN GULCH SMALL COURSE)
5:35 Sport Women, Open Women 45+, Junior Sport Girls 16-18
5:36 Beginner Men, Junior Boys 13-15, Open Men 60+, Junior Sport Boys 16-18
5:37 Beginner Women, Junior Girls 13-15

14.5 MILES (PENN GULCH BIG COURSE)
5:55 Pro-Open Men, Expert Men 19-39, 40-49
5:56 Expert Men 50+, Singlespeed Men
5:57 Pro-Open Women, Expert + Singlespeed Women (One Category), Junior Expert Girls 16-18
5:59 Sport Men 19-34, Junior Expert Boys 16-18
6:00 Sport Men 35-49
6:01 Sport Men 50+, Clydesdale

COURSE MAP & DESCRIPTIONS

KIDS’ Course Description
Individual Time Trial
Start at Boreas Pass Trailhead
Right and down Aspen Alley
At bottom of Aspen Alley get on the Blue River Trail
Turn hard Right onto Little Mountain Trail
Stay straight/right at intersection with Southside Trail. You are now on Illinois Gulch Trail.
Take Illinois Gulch Trail to wooden bridge in southeast corner of parking area.
Take right after bridge and Finish.

Penn Gulch Grind Big Course Description
Start at Boreas Pass Trailhead
Ride 1.5 Miles up Boreas Pass Rd. to Buck and Rail fence, Turn left onto Valdoro Trail
Take first right onto Bakers Tank Trail
Climb Bakers Tank Trail
At top of climb stay right, ignoring Mt Pride Mine Trail, and continue toward Bakers Tank
At Bakers Tank, Turn left onto Boreas Pass Rd.
Ride 1.8 miles and turn right/downhill onto Forest Service Rd #593/Indiana Creek Rd.
Descend all the way to bottom of Indiana Creek Rd. to “Y” intersection.
Turn left at “Y” and cross creek.
Bear right onto the Grind climb
At top, at a “T”, turn right
Ride approx. 100 yds. to next “T” and TURN LEFT to descend Penn Gulch Rd.
Ride Penn Gulch Rd all the way to Trailhead at the top of Coronet Drive.
Stay on Coronet Drive through subdivision, turn right at Sand Barrel, and descend.
Turn sharp right onto Blue River Trail.
Ride Blue River Trail to Indiana Creek Rd., paved portion.
Cross pavement and continue on Blue River Trail to trail behind Little Mt.
Stay straight/right at intersection with Southside Trail. You are now on Illinois Gulch Trail.
Take Illinois Gulch Trail to wooden bridge in southeast corner of parking area.
Take right after bridge and Finish.

Click the thumbnails for the Penn Gulch Grind Big Course and Elevation Profiles.

Penn Gulch Grind Small Course Description
Start at Boreas Pass Trailhead
Ride 1.5 Miles up Boreas Pass Rd. to Buck and Rail fence, Turn left onto Valdoro Trail
Take first right onto Bakers Tank Trail
Climb Bakers Tank Trail
At top of climb stay right, ignoring Mt Pride Mine Trail, and continue toward Bakers Tank
At Bakers Tank, Turn left onto Boreas Pass Rd.
Ride 1.5 miles and turn right onto Indiana Creek Rd.
Descend all the way to bottom of Indiana Creek Rd. to “Y” intersection.
Turn right at “Y” and continue descending.
Continue descending ride past Shooting Range
Stay on Indiana Creek Road…you will hit pavement.
Turn Right onto Blue River Trail and bear left onto trail behind Little Mt.
Stay straight/right at intersection with Southside Trail. You are now on Illinois Gulch Trail.
Take Illinois Gulch Trail to wooden bridge in southeast corner of parking area.
Take right after bridge and Finish.

Click the thumbnails for the Penn Gulch Small Course Map and Elevation Profiles.

POST RACE PARTY & AWARDS

All Awards will be presented on-site
The top 3 in each category will be recognized!