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Riding for the pass

May Eynon
Adam Rothberg, Dave Starensier and Stan Cheo.

The cycling season got off to a luminous start Saturday, May 21, with the annual Ride for the Pass. A record number of riders turned out for the community hill climb from the gate on Highway 82 to the ghost town of Independence.The annual ride is the main fund-raiser for the Independence Pass Foundation, a local nonprofit organization. Governed by a board of trustees and staffed by an executive director, a development director and part-time field assistants, the foundation raises money for restoration work alongside the road.Mark Fuller, the director of the Independence Pass Foundation, declared this year’s ride “the best one yet.” He cited the significant number of riders who participated, the camaraderie among the cyclists and the fabulous door prizes at the after-party as the more distinct features at this year’s event.

Aside from a timing snafu due to a new system that resulted in incomplete and inaccurate results, the ride was a success, netting approximately $15,000. Fuller pledged to set the timing structure in place for next year’s ride.For more information on the Independence Pass Foundation, visit http://www.independencepass.org. For information on the Aspen Cycling Club and the summer schedule, click on http://www.aspencyclingclub.org.