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Ski racer’s bike fetches $1,500

The bicycle swiped by Austrian ski racers Hermann “The Herminator”Maier and Andreas Schifferer to catch a flight out of Aspen lastyear was put to better use Saturday night.The bike fetched $1,500 at a benefit auction for the Aspen ValleySki/Snowboard Club at the Hotel Jerome.The fund-raiser was part of the weekend Lexus Tomba Tour activities,featuring ski race events with Italian racing legend Alberto Tomba.Whip Jones, former owner of Aspen Highlands, donated “The HerminatorPackage” – the World War II-vintage, one-speed “Hercules” bikeand a rare bottle of wine – to the auction.According to club president Andrew Doremus, after Maier and Schifferer”borrowed” the bike from outside Jones’ home, they returned italong with an apology note, an invitation to dine with them thenext time they’re in town and the bottle of wine. The wine wasproduced at an Austrian vineyard exclusively for the AustrianSki Team, Doremus said. Only 200 bottles of that vintage wereproduced, he said.Maier and Schifferer made international headlines after they werearrested Nov. 29 by Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies while ridingJones’ “borrowed” bike down Maroon Creek Road. Maier was pedalingand Schifferer was riding the handlebars when they saw the deputies,ditched the bike and made a run for it. Maier took a spill on the icy Aspen school campus parking lot and the two werearrested without further incident.Maier and Schifferer had been partying at a Glen Eagles addressand took the bike in the morning to try to catch their flightout of town with the rest of the Austrian Ski Team, which wasin Aspen for World Cup racing. Authorities also allege that Maier,Schifferer and a third, unidentified ski team member damaged avehicle in a “joy ride” that night.No charges were brought against any of the ski racers in connectionwith their activities.


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