Aspen Cycling Club to stage mountain bike race Wednesday |

Aspen Cycling Club to stage mountain bike race Wednesday

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
A cyclist competes in the Power of Four Mountain Bike Race, which will return Aug. 1.
Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Skiing Co. |

The Aspen Cycling Club will switch gears again this week.

The local cycling organization will move to mountain bikes for the regular Wednesday evening race. Last week, the Aspen Cycling Club staged a road race — the annual Snowmass Circuit Race.

This week, mountain bikes will be the focus for the annual Rim Trail Mountain Bike Race, also at Snowmass Village.

Billed as fast and fun singletrack racing, the Aspen Cycling Club race next Wednesday is set for a 6 p.m. start.

The race is a point-to-point race with parking at the Rodeo Lot near the finish and around Base Village, location of the start and the after party.

Registration and the start line will be located at the end of the Snowmass Village Mall on Fannny Hill. Riders can register at the start or online at Additional race information for the new course also is available at the club’s website.

The following week, action will move to the road as the Aspen Cycling Club hosts the Spring Gulch Hill Climb outside Carbondale on June 10. The road climb starts near Colorado Rocky Mountain School and climbs 6.6 miles up to the site of the Spring Gulch Cross Country Ski Area.

On June 17, the Aspen Cycling Club will host the Butterhack XC Circuit Race, a mountain bike event. The Frying Pan Road Race will make its annual return on June 24.

More mountain biking is set for July 1 with the Xterra/Basalt Mountain Bike Race.

The season’s only criterium for road bikes will be held July 8 — the Woody Creek Criterium.

More popular road events also are on the Aspen Cycling Club summer schedule, including the Maroon Bells-Ashcroft Road Race on July 22 and the Maroon Bells Time Trial on Aug. 12.

The annual Power of Four Mountain Bike Race, sponsored by the Aspen Skiing Co., is scheduled for Aug 1.

In results last week from the Snowmass Village Circuit Race, Kevin Callahan of Aspen High School won the Senior Men A race, which featured five laps on the course.

Callahan, a member of the AHS mountain bike team, won the circuit race at Snowmass after a strong weekend at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic in Durango, finishing second to El Jebel pro cyclist Keegan Swirbul in the Iron Horse criterium. Swirbul also won the road race from Durango to Silverton.

Kevin Callahan also had a strong showing earlier this spring in the Tour of the Gila stage race in New Mexico.

Jamey Carney was second to Callahan. Carney is an internationally known cycling coach who works in Aspen during the summers. His Care4Cycling is based in Tucson, Arizona.

Hailey Swirbul, a top junior U.S. cross country ski racer and Keegan’s sister, won the Senior Women A race. Maria Wimmer finished second.

Tony Nitti was the top finisher in the Vet men A race.

Lauren Bullard and Cathy Porter went 1-2 in Vet Women.

Wade Smith won the Masters Men race with Chip Chilson second.

Mike Newsome led the Grand Masters Men, and Chris McKelvey won the Grand Masters Women. Bill Hodges won the Super Grand Masters Men race.

And Jacques Houot won the Super Grand Masters Men 75-plus.