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Airline Climbing Trail only steps away from fall completion at Sky Mountain Park

The Airline Climbing Trail project is edging toward completion this fall.

Two Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer projects are scheduled Aug. 13 and Aug. 27 to assist with finish work, rock armoring and seeding of disturbed areas, according Ted O’Brien, manager of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Resource and Trails. The events will be led in collaboration with Open Space and Trails and the Roaring Fork Mountain Biking Association.

On Aug. 13, volunteers will be refining the trails cut by Open Space and Trails. That process involves removing large roots and punji sticks (hazardous sticks poking up near the trail resulting from the cutting process), finishing the back slope, raking the trail, cutting sight-lines and completing any other finishing touches on the trail, according to RFOV program director Melissa Daniels.

After the first RFOV trail workday, the bottom third of the climbing trail will likely be opened to the public, according to O’Brien. The upper two-thirds will remain closed and unusable until the fall opening date.

At the second trail workday, on Aug. 27, volunteers will be focusing more on rock work for the trail.

“We always have a good little group of volunteers that really enjoy rock work, so we’re saving a lot of that work to do with volunteers,” O’Brien said.

Following the conclusion of the second workday, RFOV and OST will evaluate the progress and consider adding another day of trail work if necessary, according to Daniels.

RFOV will partner with RFMBA and Sacred Cycle, which works to provide “affordable counseling for survivors of sexual trauma through mountain biking,” according to the organization’s website. Members of the partner organizations will join the 40 volunteers who signed up through RFOV, according to Daniels.

“The thing that I really love about working here is that we really value partnerships with other organizations and we believe that we don’t get anything done independently; everything is done in partnership with other people,” Daniels said. “We wanted to spread the word about what they do and engage with their communities.”

The climbing trail is built parallel to the existing Airline Trail, which will be restricted to downhill traffic once the new trail opens. The new climbing trail will be for uphill bicycle traffic and bidirectional foot traffic.

The plans for the climbing trail were drawn up last year in response to urging by RFMBA, one of the major shareholders for Sky Mountain Park, according to O’Brien.

“It was a concern that RFMBA really pushed over the years and we got to finally address that push during the update to the Sky Mountain Park management plan,” O’Brien said.

During the process for creating an updated master plan for Sky Mountain Park, which occurs every five years, RFMBA voiced their concerns during the public comment period.

“Everything we do is based on public comment and the public process,” O’Brien said.

In the past, the existing Airline Trail has been used for both uphill and downhill traffic. The Sky Mountain Park saw its greatest usage in 2020 with 79,000 visitors, according to the management plan. The most common usage of the park is for mountain biking.

“With the amount of use the park gets, having one bidirectional trail invited the opportunity for conflict or collision to occur on that trail,” O’Brien said.

Although no collisions were ever officially reported, O’Brien said OST heard “through the grapevine” about some minor collisions occurring on the trail.

The major challenge for the project, according to O’Brien, was clearing out the thick vegetation that grew where the trail will be. OST’s trails and maintenance crew began that process in mid-July, finishing it last week. On Aug. 2, the outside contractor for the project, Gumption Trail Works, began machine work on the trail.

“We’re moving along, progressing … ahead of schedule so we’re happy about that,” O’Brien said.

The Roaring Fork community has been very supportive of the project, according to Daniels.

“I’m really excited that there’s so much community enthusiasm for this trail,” Daniels said. “I know it’s been a long time coming and people have spent a lot of time working on getting this open and so we’re really excited to be working on it. We hope to get it open for people as soon as possible.”

Anna Meyer is an editorial intern at The Aspen Times for part of the summer. She will be a sophomore at Vassar College this fall.

Gaston outduels Hamilton to win annual Snowmass 50 mountain bike race

In a titanic battle of 35-year-old local superstars, Aspen’s John Gaston outdueled Basalt’s Simi Hamilton on Saturday to win the fourth iteration of the Snowmass 50 mountain bike race. Formerly called the Power of Four, the Aspen Skiing Co.-produced event is a 50-mile trek involving two 25-mile laps around Snowmass Ski Area, beginning and finishing on Fanny Hill.

Gaston, one of the country’s premier ski mountaineering athletes who co-founded Strafe Outerwear alongside his brother, finished with a time of 4 hours, 36 minutes, 28 seconds. Hamilton, the Aspen-raised Olympic cross-country skier who retired after the 2020-21 World Cup season, finished second in 4:49:30.1.

Hamilton was hoping to defend his Snowmass 50 win from a year ago, when he finished in 4:17:19, with Gaston not competing.

This was hardly Gaston’s first local win. He also took home the Snowmass 50 crown the last time he competed, back in 2020, winning in 4:08:13. Denver’s Thomas Herman won in both 2018 and 2019.

Finishing third overall on Saturday was 20-year-old Aspen product George Beck, another rising star in both skimo and mountain biking, in 4:56:23. Denver’s Bucky Schafer, 40, finished just off the podium in 4:59:04.5.

In the women’s 50-mile race on Saturday, 41-year-old pro Crystal Anthony took the win in 5:45:36.1. Coming from Bentonville, Arkansas, Anthony has frequented local Aspen races in recent years, also winning the Snowmass 50 mountain bike race back in 2020.

Finishing second on Saturday was Snowmass local Caroline Tory, 32, in 5:49:05.5, while Utah’s Nicole Tittensor, 36, was third in 6:23:18.8. Tittensor won the women’s race last summer in 5:50:11. Just off the podium on Saturday was local rider Rachel Beck, mother of George Beck, in 6:43:08.9.

In the 25-mile race, where riders complete just a single lap, 14-year-old Quinn Carpenter of Carbondale won in 2:48:56.1. He held off Aspen’s Taylor Rutt, 31, who was second in 2:56:08.5, and third-place finisher Chris Lane, 55, of Basalt (2:56:42.7).

The women’s 25-mile race win went to Carbondale’s Laura Hutchinson, 25, in 3:36:29.6. Erin Glen was second in 3:52:20.2 and Aspen’s Dana Laughren was third in 4:08:36.3.

Winning the team race, where each rider completes one of the 25-mile loops, was the duo of Tristan Trantow and Will Karrow in 5:16:49.

Complete results can be found here.


Aspen Cycling Club results: Sky Mountain Park (Cozyline-Deadline) from Aug. 3

From Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Men’s A Long Course — Wave 1
1—0:54:03—SHANKS, Cooper—Basalt Bike & Ski
2—0:55:13—BECK, George—Strafe/STRAFE x MountainFLOW Eco-Wax
3—0:55:52—STROKES, Gregory—Resqwater
4—0:56:37—KOSTER, Ryan—Culver’s Glenwood Springs
5—1:00:15—TRANTOW, Tristan—RFC Pinnacle Junior MTB Team
6—1:02:50—KAROW, Will—RFC Pinnacle Junior MTB Team
7—1:05:30—SHAFER, Brendan
Women’s A Long Course — Wave 2
1—1:10:37—BERINO, Jenya
Men’s B Long Course — Wave 2
1—0:58:28—HEATH, Liam—RFC Pinnacle Junior MTB Team
2—0:59:37—KLUG, Chris
3—1:00:00—METCALF, Ian
4—1:00:13—SANTINI, Peter—Limelight Hotels
5—1:01:26—SMITH, Larry—Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork
6—1:01:40—VOORHEES, Peter
7—1:01:59—RISPOLI, Maxwell—The Meatballs
8—1:02:52—ELLIOT, Simon—Basalt Bike & Ski
9—1:04:30—WILLIAMS, Brian
10—1:04:31—ADAMS, Casey—Basalt Bike & Ski
11—1:05:19—FUNK, Adam—The Meatballs
12—1:06:38—MAPLE, Michael—Hub of Aspen
13—1:07:08—CIBULSKY, John
14—1:09:46—CHERNOSKY, David—Groove Subaru
15—1:14:10—BURKLEY, Rich—Limelight Hotels
Men’s C Short Course — Wave 3
1—0:43:46—BEERS, Seth
Men 50+ Short Course — Wave 3
1—0:49:30—TRANTOW, George—Valley Ortho
2—0:52:01—COOK, Miles
Men 60+ Short Course — Wave 3
1—0:45:27—GIBANS, Jon—Basalt Bike & Ski
2—0:47:26—ARMSTRONG, Mike—Basalt Bike & Ski
3—0:50:40—SLIVA, Glenn—Basalt Bike & Ski
Men 70+ Short Course — Wave 3
1—1:00:32—JONES, Larry
2—1:01:52—ADAMSON, John—Twisted Spokes Racing
High School Girls Short Course — Wave 3
1—0:44:25—HEATH, Megan—RFC Pinnacle Junior MTB Team
2—1:03:27—RICH, Marley

Race Marshals: Quinn Carpenter, Mark Murphy, Casper Shanks, Butch Peterson, Steve Denny, Corbin Carpenter

Results may also be viewed at www.aspencyclingclub.org. Questions about results should be directed to results@aspencyclingclub.org.

CMC Spring Valley to host 2022 high school mountain bike championships

The new mountain biking trails at Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley campus outside Glenwood Springs are officially slated to host the Colorado high school mountain bike championships in October.

The multi-day event inviting the top prep mountain bikers from across the state is set for Oct. 20-23, bringing more than 800 racers, plus coaches, families and spectators.

The total number of visitors to the Glenwood Springs area throughout the race weekend could reach 2,000, organizers said in a news release.

The release cites a 2021 Colorado High School Cycling League Economic Impact Study, which determined that each dollar spent to produce a race generates a $120 return to the community in the form of lodging, restaurant and shopping revenue.

The championships are produced by the Colorado High School Cycling League, as mountain biking is not an official Colorado High School Activities Association sport.

Since 2015, CMC has sponsored an interscholastic league, hosting races at the college’s Leadville campus.

“Mountain bike racing became an Olympic sport in 1996, and high school mountain bike racing has kept pace, with increasing numbers of high school racers participating in the years since,” the release states.

Spring Valley recently completed work on more than 3 miles of new trails that connect to an existing trail network that was hand built over several years by students and community members.

The new trail construction was funded in part by a grant from the Catena Foundation, which supports opportunities for youth to engage and recreate in the natural environment, the release states.

CMC staff has worked with the Colorado High School Cycling League to create a 5 ½-mile course that’s designed for high school-age athletes.

The Roaring Fork Valley is home to four prep mountain biking teams from Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork high schools, Colorado Rocky Mountain School and a combined Aspen/Basalt high school team.

“I think it will be a big advantage to be able to sleep in my own bed the night before our biggest competition,” Glenwood Springs junior team member Chloe Lutgring said in the release.

The league is also planning two regular-season races at CMC’s Leadville campus.

Aspen Cycling Club results: Emma Roubaix road race from July 27, 2022

From Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Men’s A — Wave 1
1—1:02:19—SHANKS, Cooper—Basalt Bike & Ski
2—1:03:26—PETERSON, Butch—RFMBA Trail Agents
3—1:03:29—STROKES, Gregory—Resqwater
4—1:03:35—JACOBI, Kevin—Limelight Hotels
5—1:03:58—SCHAFER, Bucky—Schafer Metals
6—1:07:17—DOREMUS, Tyler
7—1:10:43—KOSTER, Ryan—Culver’s Glenwood Springs
8—1:12:13—STARK, Milo—Freaks Racing
Women’s A — Wave 2
1—1:09:29—TORY, Caroline—Hub of Aspen
Men’s B — Wave 2
1—1:07:59—HEATH, Liam—RFC Pinnacle Junior MTB Team
2—1:08:26—DAVENPORT, Topher
3—1:08:28—SMITH, Larry—Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork
4—1:08:34—FUNK, Adam—The Meatballs
5—1:08:35—ECKART, Charlie
6—1:08:42—ADAMS, Casey—Basalt Bike & Ski
7—1:08:53—SANTINI, Peter—Limelight Hotels
8—1:09:14—MAPLE, Michael—Hub of Aspen
9—1:09:19—ELLIOT, Simon—Basalt Bike & Ski
10—1:09:38—RISPOLI, Maxwell—The Meatballs
11—1:10:03—WILLIAMS, Brian
12—1:10:52—PURKENAS, Algirdas
13—1:11:28—VOORHEES, Peter
14—1:15:43—BLAU, Seth
15—1:16:56—KLUG, Chris
16—1:16:58—SKARVAN, Erik
17—1:22:39—COLLENTINE, Sam
DNF—MISCHKE, Joel—Basalt Bike & Ski
Men’s C — Wave 3
1—1:17:06—BEERS, Seth
2—1:19:16—MERRILL, Nate
3—1:31:01—MURPHY, Mark—Basalt Bike & Ski
Men 50+ — Wave 3
1—1:19:09—TUCKER, Brad
2—1:30:32—CHILSON, Chip—Aspen Sports Performance/Litespeed
3—1:31:12—ROSEBERRY, Christopher
4—1:33:12—RYAN, Chris
Men 60+ — Wave 3
1—1:16:14—SIRIANNI, Phil—Basalt Bike & Ski
2—1:19:01—SMITH, Wade
3—1:23:01—GIBANS, Jon—Basalt Bike & Ski
4—1:24:00—ARMSTRONG, Mike—Basalt Bike & Ski
Men 70+ — Wave 3
1—1:15:37—KREUZ, Kevin
2—1:21:39—HANDWERK, Jeff
3—1:25:36—OLENICK, Bob
4—1:30:27—PHILLIPS, John—Limelight Hotels
5—1:42:37—ADAMSON, John—Twisted Spokes Racing
6—1:44:51—CROSS, Ed—Limelight Hotels

Race Marshals: Gardner Morrow, Jess Jacobi, George Trantow, Larry Jones

Results may also be viewed at www.aspencyclingclub.org. Questions about results should be directed to results@aspencyclingclub.org.

Aspen Cycling Club results: Snowmass Discovery Circuit MTB race from July 20

From Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Men’s A Long Course — Wave 1
1—1:11:38—SHANKS, Cooper—Basalt Bike & Ski
2—1:14:37—JACOBI, Kevin—Limelight Hotels
Men’s B Long Course — Wave 1
1—1:17:56—RISPOLI, Maxwell—The Meatballs
2—1:18:44—VOORHEES, Peter
3—1:22:30—SMITH, Larry—Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork
4—1:23:12—KLUG, Chris
5—1:23:16—ATWELL, Jonathon
6—1:25:10—WILLIAMS, Brian
7—1:26:23—MISCHKE, Joel—Basalt Bike & Ski
8—1:28:57—ADAMS, Casey—Basalt Bike & Ski
9—1:29:48—MAPLE, Michael—Hub of Aspen
10—1:31:20—CIBULSKY, John
11—1:36:05—CHERNOSKY, David—Groove Subaru
12—1:40:02—BURKLEY, Rich—Limelight Hotels
13—2:06:18—WILSON, Silas
14—2:06:37—WILSON, Brian
15—2:06:40—WILSON, Vaughn
Women 50+ Short Course — Wave 2
1—1:15:49—SHAW, Sara—Limelight Hotels
Men 50+ Short Course — Wave 2
1—1:05:01—TRANTOW, George—Valley Ortho
2—1:05:44—DUBE, Matt
3—1:06:00—COLE, Jeffrey—Hub of Aspen
Men 60+ Short Course — Wave 2
1—1:03:25—SIRIANNI, Phil—Basalt Bike & Ski
2—1:04:15—ARMSTRONG, Mike—Basalt Bike & Ski
3—1:14:26—SLIVA, Glenn—Basalt Bike & Ski
Men 70+ Short Course — Wave 2
1—1:19:04—JONES, Larry
High School Girls Short Course — Wave 2
1—1:08:13—LAZAR, Hazel—CRMS
2—1:16:00—BIER-MOEBIUS, Alexis—CRMS

Race Marshals: John Adamson, Peter Santini, Jon Gibans, Steve Denny, Adam Funk

Results may also be viewed at www.aspencyclingclub.org. Questions about results should be directed to results@aspencyclingclub.org.

Registration open for Audi Snowmass 50 mountain bike race, scheduled for Aug. 6

Registration is open for the Audi Snowmass 50 Mountain Bike Race scheduled Aug. 6.

The competition is part of the Audi Power of Four Race Series, with participants covering a 24.5-mile loop twice with an elevation gain of 4,951 feet per lap. The loop starts at Fanny Hill at the base of Snowmass Ski Area.

“The Audi Snowmass 50 Mountain Bike Race continues to evolve and bring together riders from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond for a fun event,” said Deric Gunshor, managing director of event development for Aspen Skiing Co. “We have carefully mapped this course to feature dynamic singletrack, challenging downhill trails and local favorites like the Rim Trail and Tom Blake. We owe many thanks to our partnership with Snowmass Tourism, the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, and all our sponsors for helping us to share this annual race with our growing mountain bike community. It is truly a tribute to how much this sport has enriched this valley and our summers.” 

Racers will compete in one of three divisions: the 50-mile solo race, the 25-mile sole race, and the 50-mile team of two race, where each team member completes a single lap in relay style. 

All participants will receive a Snowmass 50 Mountain Bike Race hat and will be set up with chip-based timing for results at the finish line. 

To register, visit https://www.aspensnowmass.com/visit/events/audi-power-of-four-mountain-bike. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association. Registration fees will increase Friday.

Film producer Lesley Paterson takes the women’s title at XTERRA Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK — Despite being three-and-a-half minutes out of first after the swim, three-time XTERRA World Champion (and four-time runner-up) Lesley Paterson cruised to a dominant win at Saturday’s XTERRA Beaver Creek, covering the course in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 43 seconds.

“It was great. The swim was horrible but then the bike was amazing and the run was amazing, so I really enjoyed it all,” the Scottish athlete said, her relaxed posture and easy voice offering no indication of her having conquered the course appropriately nicknamed “the beast.”

“I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun.”

Accustomed to pulling out of the swim near rival Suzie Snyder, Paterson exited Nottingham Lake well behind the American in a time of 24:13. Maeve Kennedy was first in 20:44, with Amanda Presgraves second in 20:49. Snyder and Nicole Valentine were close back in fourth and fifth.

On the bike, however, Paterson would destroy the field, torching the 16-mile course five minutes faster than the second fastest athlete (Snyder) and 9:43 quicker than the third-fastest (Kennedy). After passing Snyder at roughly the halfway point, Paterson was “feeling really good.”

“And then I never looked back,” she said.

The 42-year-old was equally dominant on the run, covering the 10-kilometer trail in 46:00. Presgraves, who would finish in third overall (2:58:24.0), was next in 50:08, while Snyder, who finished second overall (2:52:02.3), did the run in 52:33.

Paterson isn’t sure what the calendar looks like for her triathlon interests as she is more focused on her other career as a film producer.

She wrote the screenplay and produced “All Quiet on the Western Front,” a Netflix movie based on the Erich Maria Remarque World War I novel which is set to come out later this year.

“The book is amazing. So it’s a beautiful film,” she said, adding that the movie will be in German with English subtitles. Paterson studied film during undergraduate and graduate school, and has always done it alongside racing. “As I’ve started to move away from racing and get older, I’ve started to do more film, and now film is the emphasis now that I’m in my forties.”

Her training is “feast or famine,” and often completed to allow her to simultaneously absorb media content.

“You have to keep up with so much content now because whenever you’re going into a meeting and you’re pitching ideas, you’re working with different writers and you need to know everything that’s out there,” she said. “I figured I might as well train while I’m doing that.”

Instead of group speed sessions, her sessions involve “a lot of climbing so I can be creative.”

“To be honest, this course suits that and I have so many years of experience,” she said of the training transfer to the Avon course.

Jill Sorensen of Dillon and Jennifer Razee of Edwards had a bit of a battle in the 45-49 age-group on Saturday. Razee trailed after the bike and couldn’t make up the gap despite completing the run in 55:56, the fastest in her division. Sorenson (3:10:54.0) took the win with Razee (3:17:01.3) in second.

Lisa Isom finished second (3:26:03.5) in the 50-54 age division as did Tracy Tutag in the 55-59 age division.


Sullivan Middaugh beats father to win XTERRA USA title in Beaver Creek

BEAVER CREEK — The torch has been passed.

Sullivan Middaugh took the lead early on the mountain bike, handled a flat tire descending the course’s technical final 3 miles, and torched the run to win his first XTERRA USA championship Saturday in Beaver Creek.

Racing as a pro for the first time, the 18-year-old Battle Mountain High School graduate completed the 1.5-kilometer swim, 16-mile bike and 10-kilometer run in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 28.2 seconds. His dad, 15-time U.S. champion Josiah Middaugh, finished second in 2:22:11.2.

“I feel awesome. Everything went perfect for me,” Sullivan said over the public address moments after finishing.

“I wish I would have been up there with Sullivan to make him work a little bit, but he did not need me at all,” Josiah chimed in. “He was out of sight and just having his own race and that’s how it should be. I wanted him to race his own race, not worry about me and I shouldn’t worry about him — he was off on his own.”

Sullivan was tied with Nelson Hegg for fourth after the swim, 29 seconds behind leader Branden Rakita. Kieran McPherson, who wound up third overall, was seven seconds in front and Tim Winslow was in second, just 10 seconds behind Hegg. Josiah came out of the water with some work to do, roughly 2:10 seconds off the lead.

“I had an absolutely terrible swim, which was unfortunate,” he said. “I just wanted to get up into the race.”

Sullivan moved into first after just a few switchbacks.

“I heard at the top of the Ute Trail that Sullivan had the lead, and at that point I was just kind of part of the race and hoping for the best for him,” Josiah said. “I wanted to claw my way up to the podium.”

It’s Sullivan’s first race since his focus has shifted full-time to triathlon. His primary aim is sprint-legal road triathlons as a member of USA Triathlon’s Project Podium. In two weeks, he’ll compete for the road triathlon junior national title.

“I knew I was stronger than I’ve ever been before. I knew I had a lot better chance to do well,” he said of his expectation going into the Beaver Creek event.

His bike-to-run transition has been one noticeable improvement.

“And my swim has improved by minutes, which gave me a really good start to the race,” he added.

When he heads to Arizona State University, where Project Podium is based, he’ll work with Glen Mills to continue improving his swimming.

“The whole team there will be really awesome,” he stated.

With the trademark Middaugh humility — a trait dad passed down along with a world-class VO2 max, Sullivan never admitted to thinking he had the race in the bag.

“I just knew I still had to push because my dad is a super strong rider and I knew a lot of good riders behind me,” he said.

Sullivan Middaugh scrambles ahead of dad, Josiah, during the last transition from bike to run at the XTERRA USA Championship Saturday in Beaver Creek. Middaugh edged out his dad, Josiah, who took second.
Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily

With approximately 4 miles remaining, he hit the bridge at the end of the Village-to-Village Trail with force.

“I heard (my tire) whizzing, so I just stopped right away and tried to fill it,” he said of the catastrophe. He plugged one hole, but another emerged.

“I definitely panicked a little bit and kept looking behind me,” he said, expecting riders to be “right there.”

On course, Josiah, who hammered the fastest bike leg to move all the way into second place, heard someone tell him he was 2:30 back from his son. Just a moment later, that gap was down to 30 seconds.

“So, I knew something had happened,” Josiah said. “I think he stayed focused on the task at hand. That’s what we hope for — that a kid is resilient. That’s Sullivan. Nothing shakes him, nothing rattles him.”

He estimates his tire was at 5 PSI up the final climb.

“And I just rode rim the whole way down corkscrew, which was a bummer,” he stated, his monotone voice belying the extreme nature of the technical downhill.

Once he was running, it was game over for the 2022 Battle Mountain graduate, who ran a 9:15 3200-meter at 5,000 feet to end his illustrious prep career.

“Not a surprise at all,” Josiah said of the outcome.

“He’s faster than me at all three disciplines, I just didn’t know how he was going to put it all together,” Josiah said. “It was pretty cool to watch.”

Little brother Porter, 17, won the 15-19 age group in 2:35:07.1. While Josiah wasn’t shocked, Porter’s eyes grew wide when he was informed of his older brother’s heroics.

“I’m impressed,” he said. “I knew he had it in him but I didn’t think he was going to do it.”

Sullivan plans on continuing to pursue his elite road license this fall, and will race in St. George the week before XTERRA Worlds in October.

“I think this definitely gives me a lot of confidence going into that race, but there’s a ton of really strong Europeans,” he said.

“He has just amazing potential; he gets better every week,” said Josiah, who is excited for his son to gain more experience with an international pro field.

“I do think he could compete with the Euros — every single one of them,” he continued. “He can climb as well as anyone I’ve seen in XTERRA and he can run as fast as the fastest runner in XTERRA, so I think it will be really interesting. It will be very interesting to see what his swim does in the next couple months.”

Josiah said he was “at peace” with where his career is at and didn’t get too emotional in the final miles, knowing his son was about to experience a thrill he’s felt himself 15 times, for the first time.

“I’m ready to pass that torch. Just really excited for him and where he’s at,” Josiah said.


Aspen Cycling Club results: Woody Creek Criterium road race from July 13, 2022

From Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Congratulations to Jacques Houot (age 87) on 30+ years racing with ACC. Jacques has announced he is retiring from racing and this was his last race. Way to go Frenchy!!

Men’s A 17 Laps — Wave 3
1—0:40:59—BECK, George—Strafe/STRAFE x MountainFLOW Eco-Wax
2—0:40:59—STEPCHUK, Justin
3—0:40:59—SHANKS, Cooper—Basalt Bike & Ski
4—0:41:01—STROKES, Gregory—Resqwater
5—0:42:46—JACOBI, Kevin—Limelight Hotels
Men’s B 15 Laps — Wave 2
1—0:38:51—SMITH, Larry—Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork
2—0:38:52—CHERNOSKY, David—Groove Subaru
3—0:38:54—DAVENPORT, Topher
4—0:38:54—ADAMS, Casey—Basalt Bike & Ski
5—0:38:55—MISCHKE, Joel—Basalt Bike & Ski
6—0:38:56—RISPOLI, Maxwell—The Meatballs
7—0:38:58—FUNK, Adam—The Meatballs
8—0:38:59—FRACKLETON, Riley
9—0:38:59—MAPLE, Michael—Hub of Aspen
10—0:39:05—PURKENAS, Algirdas
11—0:39:10—CIBULSKY, John
12—0:40:07—WILLIAMS, Brian
13—0:40:07—VOORHEES, Peter
14—0:40:00 (-1 Lap)—BURRUS, Charles
15—0:40:22 (-1 Lap)—BURKLEY, Rich—Limelight Hotels
DNF—ELLIOT, Simon—Basalt Bike & Ski
DNF—KIERNAN, Ryan—Culver’s Glenwood Springs
Women’s C 11 Laps — Wave 1
1—0:32:45 (-1 Lap)—KANAYAN, Heidi
2—0:32:14 (-2 Laps)—TRAINOR, Megan
Men’s C 11 Laps — Wave 1
1—0:31:20—MERRILL, Nate
2—0:31:24—CAVANAUGH, Mike
3—0:33:31—MURPHY, Mark—Basalt Bike & Ski
Men 50+ 11 Laps — Wave 1
1—0:31:49—ROSEBERRY, Christopher
2—0:33:29—CHILSON, Chip—Aspen Sports Performance/Litespeed
Women 60+ 11 Laps — Wave 1
1—0:33:28—CALLAHAN, Kathleen—Limelight Hotels
Men 60+ 11 Laps — Wave 1
1—0:31:19—SIRIANNI, Phil—Basalt Bike & Ski
2—0:31:24—GIBANS, Jon—Basalt Bike & Ski
3—0:31:24—PAUSSA, Jim—Hub of Aspen
4—0:31:25—SMITH, Wade
5—0:31:25—ARMSTRONG, Mike—Basalt Bike & Ski
6—0:32:04—SLIVA, Glenn—Basalt Bike & Ski
7—0:32:09—LEHMAN, Henry
8—0:32:02 (-2 Laps)—BURRUS, Gene
Men 70+ 11 Laps — Wave 1
1—0:31:26—HANDWERK, Jeff
2—0:33:31—OLENICK, Bob
3—0:33:46—PHILLIPS, John—Limelight Hotels
4—0:33:20 (-1 Lap)—CROSS, Ed—Limelight Hotels
5—0:34:04 (-1 Lap)—IRELAND, Mick
6—0:34:30 (-1 Lap)—JONES, Larry
7—0:31:47 (-2 Laps)—ADAMSON, John—Twisted Spokes Racing
DNF—OVEREYNDER, Phil—Limelight Hotels
Men 80+ 11 Laps — Wave 1
1—0:32:49 (-3 Laps)—HOUOT, Jacques Frenchy
High School Girls 11 Laps — Wave 1
1—0:31:29—HEATH, Megan—RFC Pinnacle Junior MTB Team

Results may also be viewed at www.aspencyclingclub.org. Questions about results should be directed to results@aspencyclingclub.org.

Racers take part in the Woody Creek Criterium on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at the Aspen Motorsports Park in Woody Creek. The race was the latest in the summer-long Aspen Cycling Club series, which has weekly races through August for both road and mountain bikers.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times