No citations for Aspen bike-race crowds |

No citations for Aspen bike-race crowds

Staff report

Despite large crowds in Aspen and Snowmass on Monday and Tuesday for the USA Pro Challenge cycling event, there were no incidents that resulted in citations or arrests, according to Aspen Police Department spokeswoman Blair Weyer.

Weyer served as the public information officer for the incident-management team composed of area law enforcement agencies and emergency responders.

“There were no citations issued directly related to this (event),” Weyer said in an email Tuesday.

On Monday afternoon, during the first of seven stages of the race involving a circuit route between Aspen and Snowmass, a backpack someone left on Castle Creek Bridge was investigated as a “suspicious package.” It turned out to be no cause for alarm, Weyer said.

On Tuesday morning, during the second stage of the event, in which the 127 riders left Aspen for Independence Pass on their route to Breckenridge, a fan was injured after losing control of his bicycle west of the Weller Campground area as he was headed back to Aspen, Weyer said.

“The individual lost consciousness for a short period of time and was transported to (Aspen Valley Hospital) via ambulance,” she said.

The Aspen Police Department and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office coordinated closely this year with the Colorado State Patrol and other agencies to ensure the safety of riders and spectators, she said. Also, the National Guard 8th Civil Support Team at the top of Independence Pass provided communications-related assistance.

Six deputies from the Sheriff’s Office worked the event on the pass Tuesday, while eight Aspen police officers handled bike-race responsibilities in town, Weyer added.

This year’s race marked the third consecutive year that Aspen has been selected as a host city for the USA Pro Challenge.