Snow, cold halts Iron Horse bike race |

Snow, cold halts Iron Horse bike race

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DURANGO, Colo. ” Up to a foot of overnight snow in the mountains and a forecast of cold temperatures prompted the Colorado State Patrol and Iron Horse Bicycle Classic officials to cancel the event’s road race and tour Saturday.

Other events that are part of the bicycle classic, including a concert, were going on as scheduled, but a 47-mile race and a 50-mile tour from Durango to Silverton over two 10,000-foot mountain passes were scrapped.

Race director Gaige Sippy said five inches of snow fell at Durango Mountain Resort overnight, and Silverton received a foot of snow. The event website said afternoon temperatures were forecast to be 39 degrees but would feel like 19 degrees.

“We cannot have 2,500 cyclists and their friends in Silverton with those weather conditions. Hypothermia in these conditions is a high risk,” Sippy said.

He said the race and tour could not be rescheduled because the event only had a permit with the State Patrol to close the road used for the race from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Registration fees, up to $70, will not be refunded because organizers already paid for permits and items to throw the events before the decision was made early Saturday to cancel the race and tour, the event’s website said.

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