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Aspen VIP seating for bike race will come at a hefty price

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – If you want to catch the end of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage that ends in Aspen on Aug. 22, with a nice view and more elbow room than most people, it will cost a pretty penny.

Tickets for a spot in the VIP finish line tent are on sale for $500, organizers announced Friday.

“Guests of the Patron Hospitality Tent will enjoy a more intimate viewing experience shielded from the crowds and the summer sun,” a press release said.

The amenities at the VIP finish line tent include: an open bar, extensive hors d’oeuvres, in-town parking, reserved bathrooms, a live TV feed and unobstructed views of the finish line and awards ceremony.

The Silver Queen stage that day starts in Gunnison, crosses Cottonwood and Independence passes and ends in Aspen.

Race organizers also are selling tickets in the VIP tent for the start of the stage on Aug. 23. The price is $150. After staying overnight Wednesday in Aspen, the racers will climb the west side of Independence Pass to start Thursday’s stage.

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The start line tent will feature “exclusive access to the riders as they sign in before the race,” according to the press release. Other amenities are: a catered breakfast, a coffee bar, breakfast cocktails, access to in-town parking, a live TV feed, reserved bathrooms and unobstructed views of the start.

A portion of the proceeds from VIP ticket sales will go to the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. VIP tickets are available by contacting Barbara Frank at bfrank@teamavsc.com or by calling 970-205-5102.