Aspen Ride for the Pass returns for 15th run |

Aspen Ride for the Pass returns for 15th run

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Published: Ryan Shorney Special to The Aspen Times

ASPEN ” The Ride for the Pass, an Aspen road biking tradition, marks its 15th anniversary this year, but if you’re thinking about taking part and you haven’t been out on a bike yet, take note: The event’s just two weeks away.

This year’s race/recreational ride will take place Saturday, May 16 ” a relatively early date ” because Memorial Day falls on May 25 this year. The Ride for the Pass takes place before Highway 82 over the pass reopens to motorized traffic for the holiday weekend (this year, the pass is scheduled to open on the afternoon of Thursday, May 21).

As always, bikers will ride from the winter gate, about 4 miles east of Aspen, to the ghost town of Independence, about 10 miles up the pass. The route climbs from about 8,500 feet to 10,700 feet.

Because the pass won’t yet be open, riders will have the scenic route to themselves.

This year’s post-ride party, including free beer and prize drawings, will take place at the Sky Hotel on East Durant Avenue in downtown Aspen.

Riders can race or participate in the recreational division. Race time is 9 a.m., followed by the recreational start at 9:15 p.m. Winning race times are typically about 40 minutes; most riders in both categories finish in less than two hours. Aid stations are placed along the route.

Pre-registration takes place at the Ute Mountaineer and Aspen Velo in Aspen and at the Community Bank in Basalt on May 13-15. Racers can also register on race day, but advance registration is encouraged. Go to for more.

The registration fee is $40 in advance and $50 on the day of the ride.

Ride proceeds go to the Independence Pass Foundation, a nonprofit that continues its work on stabilizing eroding slopes on the pass each year.

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