Return to “The Rock” one last time on June 5  in Castle Rock, Colorado.

For Immediate Release

Boulder, Colorado — February 1, 2022 — Outside Events Cycling Series, formerly Roll Massif, a part of Outside Inc., and a collection of Colorado-based cycling events, will host the final Elephant Rock ride in Castle Rock, Colorado on Saturday, June 5, 2022. 

“Due to rapid growth in the area and challenges with increased traffic and construction, we’ve decided to sunset the Front Range classic after this year and plan to announce a new ride later this summer to add to our series moving forward, “ said Scott Olmsted, Event Director. 

Elephant Rock has had a tremendous “ride” dating back 35 years and remaining one of Colorado’s longest-standing cycling traditions. When Scot Haris first began the ride, Castle Rock was a small country town of 10,000 residents. Today it’s a bustling community with 80,000+ residents and growing. From its humble beginnings in 1987 at Lewis Palmer High School with just 1200 riders to Douglas High School and the Douglas County Fairgrounds with upwards of 7,800 ridersElephant Rock has raised over one million dollars for local charities over its thirty-year history. 

“The Elephant Rock Ride has been a bedrock of the cycling community for more than three decades and has been a mainstay event in Douglas County and Castle Rock during that time. The ride is unique in that it has something for everyone — from elite athletes to kids just learning how to ride a bike. Of course, the time in the saddle is only part of the fun with vendors, music, beer, food, and other entertainment waiting for the riders at the end of their cycling adventure. This event has always been about the joy of cycling and while we will miss it, we know the ride has helped encourage people to get on their bikes and enjoy the scenery and beauty of our wonderful county and town. Thanks, Elephant Rock.” – KC Neal, Owner of Castle Rock Bike and Ski and President of the Castle Rock Downtown Merchants Association.

Elephant Rock has always prided itself in offering an excellent ride only to be matched by the post-ride celebration, including lunch, live music, expo area and beer garden. We are committed to the same experience as we bid farewell to an event where so many friendships have been forged and memories made. 

What to expect from Elephant Rock:

Cost to ride: $30 – $75
Includes Elephant Rock commemorative t-shirt, refreshments, support on the course and a post ride lunch

Where to register: Online through Monday, May 30, 2022.
Walk-up at the Douglas County Fairgrounds:
Saturday, June 4th, 1p.m. – 7 p.m. – Registration and packet pick-up
Sunday, June 5th, 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Walk on registration and packet pick-up

Event Date: June 5, 2022, 6:00AM – 5:30PM

Location:  Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock, CO

To celebrate the end of an era, participants who join us for this final swan song to the event can choose between four separate rides (100, 62, 45 miles) or a 12-mile family ride. There’s a route for everyone, beginner to expert. The scenic 100-mile route connects the country roads through the horse properties east of Franktown to the rolling hills of the Black Forest – it’s a perfect early season century. The 62-mile course traverses through the high plains between Denver and Colorado Springs. On a clear day, cyclists will enjoy views of the Front Range from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak. The 45-mile course tours famous Front Range horse country with a few gently rolling hills. If you’re making the weekend a family affair, sign the kids up for the free kid’s race, or challenge yourselves with the 12-mile family ride with a parade-style rollout that is fun for both kids and parents alike. Aid stations are available on every course to help keep participants hydrated and their energy up.

By participating as a team at Elephant Rock, riders will be able to support a charity or non-profit organization of their choice. Outside Events will donate 10% of the registration fees paid by team members back to the chosen organization. Additionally, the team with the most members will receive a $1,000 donation to the selected non-profit. To qualify, a team must have 50 or more members and must register by May 1, 2022, to participate. 

Online registration for Elephant Rock is open until Monday, May 30. And walk-on registrations are welcome at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 4 and day-of on Sunday, June 5.

Outside Events is a part of Outside Inc. the world’s leading creator of active lifestyle content offers an all-access membership program, Outside+. Outside+ members receive one free event entry to any event in the series and get 20% off additional ride registrations. As part of the $99 annual membership, subscribers receive over $500 in additional benefits from annual magazine subscriptions to events, courses, training plans and more. Learn more about Outside+.

The Outside Events Cycling Series is made possible by Outside, Primal, BikeReg, Finisher Pix, Town of Castle Rock Colorado, and Douglas County Colorado.  


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