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Speed events cued up for The ‘Milk, Highlands

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Rocky Mountain Masters race series returns to Aspen Friday through Sunday, Feb. 13-15, with the Molecule super G and downhill on Racer’s Edge at Buttermilk.

Serving as qualifiers for the Masters Nationals ” slated for Buttermilk and Highlands, March 21-27 ” this weekend’s speed races are open to anyone over the age of 21. However, most Masters racers are between the ages of 30 and 45.

Prior racing experience is not required, though advanced skiing skills and long skis are recommended. The United States Ski Association requires that all racers must wear helmets in super G and downhill events, as speeds sometimes exceed 50 and 60 mph.

Registration will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday at Bumps Restaurant at the base of The ‘Milk, and again Saturday morning. Racing will commence at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Because of the speeds involved, downhill racers practice on the course before the race. Super G, which features more turns and lower speeds than downhill, is also a single-run race but competitors are not permitted training runs on the course in advance.

Speed racing will continue into the next week with the John Meyer Memorial Town Downhill, an extension of The Aspen Times Town Race Series. Race organizers are planning a downhill racing clinic on Thursday, Feb. 19.

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Training runs for the Town Downhill will be held Feb. 20 and 21, with the race on Sunday, Feb. 22. John Meyer, the namesake of the Town Downhill, was an Aspen resident who competed in the event for many years. He died of cancer in 1995.

For more information about the upcoming speed events, call the Highlands Race Department at 544-3005 or the Racer Hot Line at 544-3029.

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