Aspen Cycling Club kicks off new season |

Aspen Cycling Club kicks off new season

The Aspen Cycling Club will kick off the new season this week.

The road cycling Difficult Time Trial will launch the 2016 summer race schedule at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The traditional time-trial opener will be staged on Highway 82 just past Difficult Campground, 3.5 miles east of Aspen,.

Racers will depart every 30 seconds, starting at 6 p.m.

The course runs from the base of Independence Pass at Difficult Campground west on Highway 82 toward Aspen.

Racers turn around at the cone near the North Star Preserve bridge and return to the start/finish.

The 5-mile course is described as “rolling and curvy” in prerace materials.

There also are times already posted on Strava (Difficult TT Segment).

Per usual, cyclists must be at the start venue promptly.

Registration is available online at

Cyclists can register for the season or on a race-by-race basic.

Online entry is required at 8 p.m. the night before the race.

Race-day sign in and/or paper registration takes place from 5 to 5:45 p.m. on the left-hand pullout past Difficult Campground.

Race-day entry fees are $5 for Aspen Cycling Club members and $10 for nonmembers.

Officials advise that there is very limited parking available. Cyclists are encouraged to ride to the start as a warmup.

Course marshals also are needed for the first event of the season. Information is available at the website.

“We have a great race schedule planned with nine road and nine mountain-bike races,” said new Aspen Cycling Club President Tyler Newton. “The … schedule features ‘classic’ Aspen Cycling club races, new variations of some of the classics as well as a revival of the Hospital-Ashcroft-South Hayden race.”

He said the biggest change for the club this season is a revision of race categories and start waves.

The revised categories should better match the cyclists, he said. There are divisions for all abilities and ages.

Aspen Cycling Club races are held each Wednesday evening.

Next, another road race is scheduled — Woody Creek-Old Snowmass-Lenado.

The first mountain bike event of the season will be held May 11 — the Smuggler Hill Climb Time Trial.

The Snowmass Circuit Road Race will return May 18, and the popular Ride for the Pass benefit ride on Independence Pass will be held May 21.

May concludes with the Sky Mountain Park mountain bike race.

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