The inaugural Four Seasons of Horsetooth Mountain Bike Challenge stage race has a very unique format.  Each of the seasonal four stages can be completed anytime during their specified weekend. Timing is tracked and results are tabulated via Strava, Garmin Connect, etc… The first stage will be held on Sept 20th/21st.

Complete race information via The Hard Man of Cycling Blog:

Experience the wonders of Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park throughout the year with the Four Seasons of Horsetooth Mountain Bike Challenge. By being required to complete at least three seasonal stages, we also hope it encourages folks to come ride if schedules don’t permit on any given stage.   The course is designed to offer what we think are the best sections of trail in our backyard.  The course should take about 2-3 hours.  Had fun in the autumn, bring a friend for the winter stage!  Don’t own a fancy team kit or 20lb race bike? Neither do we! Come ride for the fun and challenge of completing all four events!
   I.      Inaugural Race.  The first stage of the Four Seasons of Horsetooth Mountain Bike Stage Race must be completed on either Saturday, September 20th, 2014 or Sunday, September 21, 2014.  Assuming we can find a second-hand jersey/bib and convert it to the Race Leader’s Jersey, said jersey/bib will be awarded after the autumn race and transferred as needed after each subsequent race.


II.     The Four Seasons.  Racers must race any three of the four races each year to have their time count towards the amazing grand prize which doesn’t actually exist yet…but could be a nice pair of socks. 


a.    All attempts will be made to race each seasonal stage on the season’s equinox or solstice weekend.  The Race Director (currently, Jordan “El Burro” Radin) will decide whether to shift the Season’s stage depending on weather (wet trail) and other events in the Park (that damn running race).


b.    Tentative Race Dates:


Autumn – September 20 or 21, 2014


Winter – December 20 or 21, 2014


Spring – March 21 or 22, 2015


Summer – June 20 or 21, 2015


III.   Timing.


a.    Racers must finish at least three of the Four Season race dates to enter a time.  Their finish time will represent the cumulative time of any three stages completed.


b.    Should a Racer complete all four Seasons, they can take 10 minutes from the aggregate of their top three times.


c.     Results will be posted within an administratively feasible time on that bastion of cycling pabulum


IV.   Don’t Be a Tool.  This is like, uh grass roots and stuff.


a.    All Racers will be required to use some sort of GPS tracking device such as Strava or Garmin Connect and share the link with the Race Director.  The Race Director will create a Four Seasons segment in Strava.


b.    This, err, “event” is free but you are riding in Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park, both of which require fees or a yearly pass to ride there.  Either pay or if you are cheap like me, ride with a friend with a yearly pass!  You can be cheap but not a tool.


c.     Don’t be a dick and run over hikers or spook horses just to get a better time.


d.    Don’t be mean to the Race Director or he may donkey-kick you….in the face.


e.    Don’t cheat and cut the course or use digital EPO services.


f.      Lance – this isn’t UCI yet so come on down.


V.    The Course.  The course is the same for each season.


a.    The Race Director has the final say on the course (see “Don’t Be a Tool” above.) 


b.    Any changes made to the course due to fire, butterfly migrations, etc. will be up to the Race Director and posted/emailed as soon as possible. 


VI.   Don’t Sue Us.


a.    This isn’t actually a race or any kind of organized event Officer, we’re all just out here coincidence like.


b.    Don’t make me use a waiver.




a.    This event is completely self-supported.  There are no aid stations or erubescent-cheeked volunteers shouting encouragement or offering bacon.  There is year-round water in a few locations along the way and we encourage you to locate them.


b.    You can use different bikes for different stages. 


c.     SSers can use different gears for different stages but you will most likely suffer from personal demons and feelings of inadequacy thereafter.


d.    We’re making all this shit up as we go so be nice