Aspen was great venue for world-class cycling |

Aspen was great venue for world-class cycling

Dear Editor:

The 2011 Aspen Criterium, part of the Aspen Cycling Festival, proved once again that Aspen can host cycling races at the highest level. This past weekend, nearly 200 racers came out to participate again solidifying this event as one of the best kick-off celebrations of the summer cycling season.

The street-party atmosphere at the finish line included music, various cycling booths that helped provide knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, incredible announcing by Mike Trecker and Erik Skarvan, food by the Limelight Lodge, and of course lots of cycling! The race was complete with some help from Mother Nature holding back the rain and allowing pristine blue skies for both spectators and racers.

The city of Aspen Special Events Team would like to thank our fabulous volunteers (all of whom are city employees) who donate their time to make this event possible. We’d also like to thank our partners: Limelight Lodge, Independence Pass Foundation, Aspen Velo – our bike mechanic – and all the downtown property managers, owners and residents that the Aspen Criterium affects. And a huge thanks to the Aspen Criterium committee for helping to make the event a success!

It is our sincere hope that these events help spotlight the incredible cycling network here in the valley and to provide yet another example of why Aspen has become a world-class destination for all sports.

Sandra Doebler, Nancy Lesley and Kristin Drake

City of Aspen Special Events

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