Aspen Cycling Club season off to fast start
The Aspen Times
The Aspen Cycling Club is off to a fast and record-setting season.
This week, the club’s mountain bike race drew more than 80 cyclists from ages 14 to 79 for a new race on a new course at Sky Mountain Park.
“I think part of the turnout was the new course,” said Mike Maple, Aspen Cycling Club president and longtime cycling enthusiast, adding that Sky Mountain Park has been a very popular addition to the local mountain biking scene.
Maple said two other factors have pushed entries at the early Aspen Cycling Club races, like the mountain bike event Wednesday at Sky Mountain Park.
He said the field this week included 10 high school boys, including several from Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. Two weeks ago, the Aspen Cycling Club had scheduled a mountain bike race at CRMS. But weather scrapped that race.
Maple said a number of cyclists who were set to race at CRMS opted to come up to the Aspen area for the Sky Mountain event.
“We’re super-excited to have the high school (cyclists),” Maple said, adding that the cycling club offers free race entry for riders 18 an under.
“The other thing is that we had the largest turnout of women that I can ever recall,” Maple said.
He said the additional women mountain bikers are partly a product of weekly Tuesday rides in Aspen organized by Anne Gonzales.
Veteran endurance athlete John Gaston as the overall top finisher in this week’s Sky Mountain Park race. He led the Senior Men A division with Henry Nadell second. Taylor Williams was third.
Jessie Young led the Senior Women A class.
JP Hutchens led the Vet Men A racers this week.
Cathy Porter was tops in Vet Women.
Complete results of the Sky Mountain race appear on Page A17 in Friday’s print edition of The Aspen Times.
Next week, the Aspen Cycling Club will turn to the road for the annual Snowmass Circuit Race. It is set for May 27 with a 6 p.m. start.
Here are the remaining races in the summer schedule:
June 3 — Rim Trail Mountain Bike Race
June 10 — Spring Gulch Hill Climb (road)
June 17 — Butterhack CX Circuit Race (mountain)
June 24 — Fryingpan Road Race
July 1 — Xterra / Basalt Mountain Bike Race
July 8 — Woody Creek Criterium (road)
July 22 — Highlands-Maroon Bells-Ashcroft Road Race
July 29 — ACC trails day
Aug. 1 — Power of Four Mountain Bike Race
Aug. 12 — Maroon Bell Time Trial (road)
Aug. 26 — Blast the Mass (mountain)
Sept. 2 — Emma Roubaix Road Race
Sept. 9 — Aspen Mountain Circuit Race (mountain)
Sept. 16 — Season Finale Banquet
For registration information, visit aspencyclingclub.org.