This is the first race of the Winter Park mountain bike series. Its a 2000' climb from the base of Winter Park up to the Iron Horse Lift.
The climb starts at the base of the mountain road, just past the Sorensen Park sign on the north end of the base area. Follow the Main Doubletrack Access Road
up and past Tunnel Hill
. Right after Tunnel Hill
the climb gets a little steeper. Turn right at the intersection about 100 yards after Tunnel Hill
Eventually you'll pass four switchbacks, with the last one being out on a ski trail. About 100 yards after the fourth switchback, turn left at the intersection. This section eases up and the Main Doubletrack Access Road
is fast all the way to 5 Points. You'll come out at the base of the High Lonesome chairlift. Turn left, staying on the main road.
After a bit you'll ride under a chairlift (Olympia). About 200 yards later turn right at the base of a rope tow lift. You'll see the Sunspot ski lodge off to the left. Do not go up to the lodge. At this point you hit one of the steepest sections. It is short, so if you can power through this part of the course you know you are strong. You're over 10,500 feet now.
You'll pass the top of the Olympia chairlift. A short, flat stretch allows you to catch your breath before another tough climb. After this the course flattens out for a bit of a breather - if you can find the oxygen up here. As you near the top, youll reach the last Y intersection. Turn left here, this is different from past years Hill Climb that finished at Lunch Rock. We have eliminated the last grueling climb to Lunch Rock. The finish is at the top of the Iron Horse Lift at a building known as Bull frog.