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Race organization was top-notch

Dear Editor:

I would like to express my gratitude to members of Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol Incident Management Team, Colorado Division of Emergency Management, Snowmass Village Police Department, Snowmass Ambulance, Basalt Police Department, Aspen Pitkin County Communications Center, Pitkin County Jail, Aspen Ambulance District, Aspen Valley Hospital, Mountain Rescue Aspen, Aspen Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado National Guard, Flight for Life, St. Mary’s Care Flight, American Red Cross, the city of Aspen, Pitkin County, and the Aspen Police Department.

The hard work and months of preparation put into the USA Pro Cycling Challenge was widely apparent based on the success of yesterday’s event. Every individual involved played an integral role in ensuring the safety and security of the spectators, cyclists, and host of volunteers involved in the Pro Cycling Challenge. In addition to creating a safe and exciting atmosphere for the race, this event allowed emergency responders to refine our ability to successfully coordinate response efforts amongst a variety of local and state agencies.

A special thanks is extended to the Aspen Fire Protection District for allowing emergency responders to utilize their facilities throughout the day. Their hospitality was second to none. The city of Aspen’s streets and parking departments also went above and beyond to ensure that the route was secure for the race and rapidly returned to its present state following the conclusion of the event. Thank you to both the city of Aspen and Pitkin County for supporting the efforts of the emergency response team. The time and effort put forth by each individual is greatly appreciated. This event would not have been a success without the support and involvement of the community.

Gretchen Born

Incident commander, USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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