“Official race course for Beti Bike Bash, the largest women's MTB race in the U.S.”
— Katherine Fuller on Apr 29, 2014
May to Sept: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Mar, Apr, Oct: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Nov to Feb: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
OverviewThe race course is a 4-mile loop with ~300 feet of elevation gain per lap featuring rolling, non-technical terrain at Bear Creek Lake Park. It's mostly singletrack riding with four short, punchy climbs. You'll ride with views of Red Rocks and the surrounding park. The course starts and finishes at Coyote Crossing and runs clockwise. The race is usually the first weekend of June.
Need To KnowThe park entrance fee is $7. It's best to bring this in cash since the ranger station at the entrance isn't always manned, and you'll need to use a kiosk and self-serve. Otherwise, you can park outside the park and ride in on the paved bike path.
DescriptionThis fun, fast course starts at the Coyote Crossing picnic area. Park in the large lot directly across the paved road from the Coyote Crossing sign. From the parking lot, cross the paved road and ride past the sign up a short, steep dirt service road. You might notice a tempting piece of singletrack to your right. Avoid it if you want to ride this in the race direction; that singletrack is the end of the course. From the top, you'll see the covered pavilion where the race is staged.
Ride behind the pavilion and onto narrow singletrack heading west. Climb a short hill, cross a small bridge and continue to the left (west) on doubletrack. The course will turn back on itself at a small gate and parallel a paved road heading east for a while until you hit the second climb, slightly longer and steeper than the first.
Once you top out after that second climb, you're in for a fast descent on smooth, narrow singletrack with beautiful, wide-open views of the landscape. From there the course meanders on smooth trails before you arrive at the third, and hardest, singletrack climb (there will be a fork in the trail here. Don't go right; you need to climb).
Enjoy the winding descent following the third climb. Continue keeping to the right when you come to forks in the trail. The final right turn is easy to miss - it's 180 degrees on a tiny piece of trail that spits you out onto flat doubletrack headed west, straight toward the mountains.
You can sprint from there, but if you're prepping for the race, save something in the tank because you have to climb back up that dirt service road back to the covered pavilion. Even if you're not racing, this is the time for a fist pump!
Link this to the Mt Carbon Loop for an 11.5-mile ride.
History & BackgroundRace website: www.betibikebash.com/index.html
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3.7 from 3 votesAnother look at the final straightaway (West Pleasant View, CO)
3.0 from 3 votesFinal straightaway before the climb back up the service road (Lakewood, CO)
3.0 from 3 votesLooking down from the top of the second climb (West Pleasant View, CO)
3.0 from 3 votesThe third climb on course (West Pleasant View, CO)
3.0 from 3 votesRace course preview (West Pleasant View, CO)