Briefs: Lucas Lee Fund opens at Alpine Bank; Ride for the Pass pushed to Sunday |

Briefs: Lucas Lee Fund opens at Alpine Bank; Ride for the Pass pushed to Sunday

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Lucas Lee Fund established

A fundraiser is underway for graduating Aspen High School senior student/athlete Lucas Lee, who has lost both of his parents.

The Lucas Lee Fund was established at Alpine Bank to help fund his college expenses and future. Lee plans to attend the University of Colorado this fall on a partial scholarship. A member of the state champion Aspen High School Skiers boys basketball team and the school’s baseball and golf teams, Lee hopes to play club baseball at CU.

Checks made out to the Lucas Lee Fund can be dropped off or mailed to Alpine Bank, 600 E. Hopkins Ave. Ste. 101, Aspen, CO, 81611.

Zelle online transfers can be made through AHS basketball coach Cory Parker will manage the funds.

Ride for the Pass moved to Sunday

Citing inclement weather forecast for Saturday, organizers of the upcoming Ride for the Pass have moved the event to Sunday.

“We made the difficult decision that we thought it better to change the Ride date rather than (most likely) cancel the event,” announced the Independence Pass Foundation in a blast email.

A winter weather advisory took effect in the Aspen area at midnight and expires at 6 a.m. Saturday. As much as 5 to 10 inches could fall above 8,500 feet on Saturday, according to the advisory. High winds are also forecast.

Registration for the event will remain open until 5 p.m. Saturday. The race start time will remain at 10 a.m., with a barbecue and raffle to follow.

This year’s edition of Ride for the Pass will include the traditional 10-mile ride from the winter gates on Highway 82 to the ghost town of Independence. A family-friendly ride will have the same starting line with the finish 2 miles up the road, a climb of 500 feet, to the Weller Lake Campground. E-bikes are also allowed, but only the pedal-assisted versions.

The event is held as a fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation and allows cyclists to enjoy the road vehicle-free. Weather permitting, this year’s scheduled opening of Independence Pass to motorists is May 26, the Thursday before Memorial Day.

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