Aspen cycling event registration under way |

Aspen cycling event registration under way

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Aspen Times fileBicyclists hit the downtown streets during last year's Aspen Criterium. Registration is under way for the May 23 event.

ASPEN – It’s time to spend some time in the saddle – the Aspen Cycling Festival is a few short weeks away.

Centered around a pair of popular events – the Ride for the Pass on May 22 and Aspen Criterium on May 23 – the weekend will also include non-competitive group rides, vendors, parties and more. Visit for details.

Registration is now under way for both the Ride for the Pass and the Criterium. The latter is newly sanctioned by USA Cycling, the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States.

The 16th annual Ride for the Pass offers both recreational and race divisions. Bicyclists ride about 10 miles up the pass before it reopens to vehicular traffic, gaining 2,500 feet in elevation before they hit the finish line at the ghost town of Independence, located at 11,100 feet. The racers start at 9 a.m., followed by recreational riders at 9:15 a.m.

The pre-race day registration fee is $40. Sign up online at or pre-register at the Ute Mountaineer and Aspen Velo in Aspen on May 19-21.

The ride is a fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation. Go to for more on the organization’s mission.

The Aspen Criterium begins and finishes in the heart of downtown Aspen, at the corner of Hyman Avenue and Monarch Street. The 0.9-mile loop takes riders on closed downtown streets and around multiple corners.

Competition categories include: Citizen Junior 17 and under; Citizen Men; Citizen Women; USAC Women Open; USAC 4 and 5; USAC 3; USAC 1, 2, Pro; and USAC 35 and older, and 45 and older.

Criterium registration is under way at until May 21. The fee is $20 (plus $10 for non-license holders racing in USAC categories).

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