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Aspen rallies for bike race

Dear Editor:

It was a great joy being part of the local organizing committee of the UPCC bike race last Wednesday.

My title was technical director, but I want to make perfectly clear that I share that title with the co-chairs Nancy Lesley of the city of Aspen and Deric Gunshor of Aspen Skiing Co. They did a great deal of the technical direction and a fantastic job on all aspects of the race organization along with a lot of volunteers too numerous to mention.

Being a spokesperson for the race, people tend to think I was responsible for more than I deserve. All of our efforts were substantial and I am proud of the way our town stepped up in grand fashion to make a truly special first year event. A great deal of credit also goes to the race promoters, Medalist Sports, which brought the event to town with efficient perfection.

The City Council, who largely funded the race, the mayor, who stepped up from Day One, and the county commissioners were all supportive and get a lot of credit. The Aspen Police Department, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Aspen Fire and all of our government officials made the race safe and cooperated in every aspect.

The big surprise win for me was to see how the Aspen community was brought together, proud and smiling from ear to ear. You can be sure next year we will all be looking to improve every aspect and hopefully bring even more economic and promotional success to Aspen.

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Go Levi!

Mark Joseph

Aspen