Pain in the Aspen (PIA)

Hosted by Thomas Ray & Ryan Sterling!

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No more than 74 people allowed for this event!

This is intended to be NON-COMMERCIAL, Recreational-Use Activities that are held on parts of USFS lands in compliance with USFS Special Use Rules and Regulations.

Please make sure to read all rules for this.  This is fully unsupported and you will need to be self-sufficient in order to complete this.  The rules are located HERE.

When: Saturday, July 26, 2014 – 6:30-AM

What: Singletrack, high elevation, back country self supported endurance epic in and around Aspen, CO.

Maps Needed:  Latitude 40 Maps

Crested Butte – Aspen – Gunnison Trails”, 1st Edition

GPS Route:  @ Garmin Connect 

Start:  6:30 AM at The Hotel Jerome

Finish:   Whenever you arrive back in town at The Hotel Jerome’s – J Bar.

Route:  Shown Below;

PIA-course - elevation PIA-course

5 responses to “Pain in the Aspen (PIA)

  • Thomas Ray

    Hi All,
    The first PIA is in the books and was a pretty good time for those who showed up. With a 6:30 A.M. start, it seemed so early, but Mother Nature showed her gracious side and greeted us with mild temps, an incredible sunrise and a full moon to boot!

    So with eight brave souls and a neutral roll out, we headed out. Once we hit Smuggler Mountain Road things took shape pretty quickly. Andrew Carney, Chad Kittles and Single Speeder Mark Zitelli made an early break and that would be the last time the rest of us would see them.

    After 55 miles Andrew Carney pulled into Justice Snow’s with a smoking time of 6hr 45min. Nipping on his heels was Mark Zitelli 3 minutes back at 6hr 48min. Great job! This wasn’t an easy course, and with almost 10k’ of climbing it tested your MTB skills in every way.

    On the women’s side Bec Bale and Sarah Uhl put in a phenomenal day. Sarah Uhl came in at 8hr 55min and Bec Bale came in at 9hr 20min. Bec and Sarah made some of the most difficult parts of this course look easy. Trust me, I followed them down Sunnyside Trail, and they hauled A$$!

    Thank you to everyone who came out and put in a great day on the bike. Next year looks to be even better and with some great ideas from all who raced, we hope you can make it. Hint: Flaming Sugar Cubes will be in order!

    A big THANK YOU to Marcos for opening up Justice Snow’s at 5:30 A.M. with coffee for everyone. It feels good to have a place to relax before a grueling day on the bike. The beer and food at the After Party – - Thank You, Marcos! We couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks,Buddy!

    The results from today’s event are below. If something doesn’t read right, please send me an e-mail, so it can be fixed. Thank you, again, to all who kicked this thing in the A$$ today! It was a great 1st Inaugural Ride!

    Results- 1st-Andrew Carney- 6:45:00
    2nd-Mark Zitelli(SingleSpeed)-6:48:00
    3rd-Thomas Ray-8:35:00
    4th-Sarah Uhl-8:55:00
    5th-Bec Bale-9:20:00
    6th-Mike Sharkey-9:20:00
    7th-Tony Pike-9:20:00
    8th-Chad Kittles-DNC(Did Not Complete). Chad shoot me an e-mail
    and let me know what happened. You looked strong
    out there today.

  • Eben

    We were doing this loop or a variation thereof as an annual party when I was an Aspen local. It was more of a big day out followed by a cookout though, and not a sufferfest. We called it Rib Ride, and we all brought it at the party afterwards with various rib recipes. That was the most competitive part. Most of that group are still there and would probably love to ride with your group. But, you guys are all going to have to show at the party afterwards. . .

  • Jonathan

    Is it possible to post or email the gpx file? I have a GPS but it isnt a Garmin and the Garmin Connect site only works for Garmin products.

  • Thomas Ray

    Well,the second annual PIA was frustrating and interesting to say the least.Mother Nature the night prior to race start was not looking good,but by race time the weather was as good as it gets.We had two start times with two groups of riders.The early start(6:30A.M.)was off and running with the front range duo of Jonathan Cuppet and Peter Gotseff.They both put in a great ride and times(see below).The 8:A.M. start was a last minute throw together of locals and friends who couldn’t do the 50 mile ride,but opted for the 26 mile ride,which consisted of 5100ft of climbing.Hats off to all who came out and rode some awesome trails.
    Something to ponder Colorado Endurance Series riders.The folks who host these rides take a lot of time to set these rides up.When you sign up and then know show it really can have an impact on ride preperation and after ride hospitality.Take the time and let the HOST of the ride know if you will be riding or not riding,its that simple!

    The Brave Two!(50 miles)

    1ST-Jonathan Cuppet-7hr 25min-Awesome Job!
    2ND-Peter Gotseff-7hr 55min-Awesome Job as well!
    (Thanks for showing up on time and putting in a great effort.It was great to meet you guys,and hope to see you next year)

    1) Jason Michalak
    2) Andy Wenberg
    3) Rachel Friedman
    4) Liz Heagstedt
    5) Foot Feathers
    6) Scott Andrews
    7) Craig Nelson
    8) Peter Monson
    9) Casey Homuth

    Thanks John Hennings for the heads up that you would not be riding MUCH APPRECIATED!


    1) Thomas Ray-2hr 43min
    2) Peter Banks-2hr 46min
    3) John Calley-3hr 05min
    4) Riley Smith-3hr 12min (Single Speed)
    5)Willy Arndorffer-3hr 38min
    6)Meg Jennings-3hr 51min(The Brave Female)
    7)Stan Peters-4hr 12min

    Have a great fall everyone and a safe Winter!Hopefully we will see you next year!

    Be safe!

  • Chad Kittles

    T Ray can you post the GPX file for the PIA or send it to me? I am having problems getting on Garmin Connect.

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