The Aspen Cycling Club’s season recently drew to a close with a commemorative banquet at Bumps at Buttermilk. A nonprofit organization “dedicated to encouraging participation in bicycling at all levels,” the club breeds camaraderie among mountain and road riders, as well as its fair share of fast cyclists.Sponsoring weekly races and rides, both on- and off-road, the ACC consists of 14 divisions, ranging from juniors to veterans and everything in between. There is even a tandem division and a single-speed class may soon follow. Scott Harris of Ajax Bike & Sport in Carbondale raced this season on his single-speed. Though he may not have been the fastest on the flats, he was “first on the downhills.””It’s a competitive group, but we’re all friends, too,” said Molly Jones, who has been a member of the club for two years. Jones met her goal this season in winning first place in her division for mountain, road and overall. “So I guess this means I’ll have to move up to Women’s A class next year.”Iron lung Charlie Eckart echoed Jones’ sentiments. “This club embodies everything fun about cycling at a competitive level,” he stated. Eckart took home two medals at the closing banquet – one for Senior Men’s A overall champion and the other for Senior Men’s A mountain bike champion.Other notable finishes outside of the club belong to Mike Scanlon and Jane Finsterwald, who competed in the World Masters Mountain Bike Championships last month in Bromont, Canada. Finsterwald took second in her division and Scanlon took fifth in his. Both credited the ACC for their impressive results.”The weekly races around here provided a great training ground for the Worlds,” said Scanlon.The ACC is supported by local sponsors including the Cantina, the Hub of Aspen, Mitchell and Company, Honey Stinger, Parallax Photography, Ski.com, the Aspen Skiing Company and others.On a related topic, the ninth annual 24 Hours of Moab mountain bike race is returning to the desert. Starting Sat., Oct. 18, at noon, the popular endurance event should have its fair share of ACC members as usual.Considering their summer season of training, we can expect nothing short of multiple podium finishes.For more information on the ACC, click on http://www.aspencyclingclub.org.To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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