Road event this week for Aspen Cycling Club |

Road event this week for Aspen Cycling Club

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Bikers head out at the start of the Aspen Cycling Club's Rim Trail Mountain Bike Race last week in Snowmass Village.
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Road riding is in the rotation for the Aspen Cycling Club this week.

The regular Wednesday club race, open to all who are interested, will be the annual Spring Gulch Hill Climb just outside Carbondale.

Racing starts at 6 p.m.

After the races, a season-kickoff party will be held at the Red Rock Diner in Carbondale.

The Spring Gulch Hill Climb will start near the entrance to Colorado Rocky Mountain School.

Parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.

The mass start event will begin with Senior Men A at 6 p.m. with Senior Men B departing two minutes later.

The start will be a neutral rollout with racing to start after crossing the bridge.

The course covers 6.6 miles from the Rocky Mountain School to just past the Spring Gulch parking area, with 1,700 vertical feet of gain.

The finish line will be located on Thompson Creek Road where FS Road 306 cuts to the left past the parking area for the cross-country ski area.

Registration is available online at or at the start from 5 to 5:50 p.m.

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

Because of the open-road racing, the event is not open to youth riders.

Last week, the Aspen Cycling Club staged the Rim Trail Mountain Bike Race at Snowmass, an annual favorite.

Local endurance standouts John Gaston and Max Taam led the charge in the Senior Men A race, finishing 1-2. The two often team up for ski-mountaineering competitions.

Taylor Williams finished third.

Jon Harman, on a single-speed, led the field in Senior Men B.

Mar Logan and Kevin Willson finished 1-2 in Vet Men A.

Annie Gonzales won the Senior Women A race, with Jessie Young second.

Soraya Khalie won among Vet Women.

Chris Brandt won the single-speed race.

John Phillips won the Grand Masters Men division, and Bill Boughton won the Masters Men.


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