On the Road: Summer has come to pass | AspenTimes.com

On the Road: Summer has come to pass

This is the 12th year that the Ride for the Pass has unofficially kicked off summer. Might as well make it official.Summer arrived in Aspen on Saturday when Max Clauson crossed the finish line after 39 minutes and 19 seconds. Summer kicked off for females when Tammy Jacques cruised across the finish after 44 minutes and 26 seconds of superfast pedaling.Summer continued arriving for most of the other 450 riders who made the 10-mile ascent of Highway 82 from the winter gate east of Aspen up to the Independence ghost town. Spring, however, brought a not-so-gentle reminder that it still holds sway (even though summer really has begun) by tossing a windy, wet storm at riders on their way down. By noon, summer was back in charge. So the crowd at the Cantina after-party safely and warmly spilled outdoors. Locals have roughly two to three weeks to enjoy the summer while they still have the run of the town. So, 450 people will attest that it might be painful, but it sure is fun to ride Independence Pass while there aren’t any cars. The same goes for a cycle up to the Bells. Might as well enjoy the quiet while it’s still here. Then, as the craziness hits for summer all over again. Just to give a taste, June holds such goodies as the following in store: Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest, June 9-11. Food and Wine Magazine Classic, June 16-18. Aspen’s weekly Saturday market begins June 17. Aspen Music Festival begins June 21. Snowmass Rodeo begins June 21. Jazz Aspen/Snowmass, June 22-25. Theatre Aspen begins June 27. Free Snowmass outdoor Thursday night music series begins June 29.

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