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Classic double set Wednesday for Aspen Cycling Club

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen Cycling Club gets back to the classics this week.

The club will host the annual Maroon Bells/Ashcroft Road Race on Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.

The classic Aspen double is the Aspen Cycling Club’s second-longest road race of the season.

Start for the event is at the base of Aspen Highlands.

For Men A, Men B and Vet Men A, the course is 36 miles in length with 3,400 feet of climbing.

According to the Aspen Cycling Club preview profile of the race, the riders will start at the base of Highlands and start up Maroon Creek Road to Maroon Bells.

There is a turnaroud at the exit to the main parking lot with a descent back down past Highlands.

“In order to bypass the roundabout on Highway 82, riders will be routed to Castle Creek via the bike path at the roadway entrance to the Aspen middle and elementary schools,” the race preview said.

The bike path is a neutral zone — no racing and no passing.

Cyclists will go up the hill above the Aspen Chapel to Meadowood Drive where they will head over to Castle Creek Road for the start of the Ashcroft climb.

“Once on Castle Creek Road, the neutral section is over and it’s game on with an ascent up King Hill to Little Annie Road and on to Ashcroft,” the preview said.

Senior Men A and Vet Men A racers will continue all the way to the end of the pavement on Castle Creek Road at the Pearl Pass turnoff before turning around and descending to the finish at Little Annie Road.

Women’s categories plus sport and masters will ride a 25-mile course with 2,600 feet of climbing.

These groups will finish at Ashcroft instead of making the extra trip up to the Pearl Pass turnaround.

Registration will take place at Aspen Highlands from 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Cost is $5 for club members and $10 for nonmembers.

This race is not a youth event.

Due to the open roads, middle school and prep racers are not allowed.

Registration also is available online.

Volunteer course marshals also are needed for today’s Aspen Cycling Club race.

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