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Aspen cycling camp pedals back to Moab

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Fall bike trip to Moab?

A cycling journey to southwest Utah's canyon country is a rite of the season for cyclists from all over, especially those in Western Colorado.

Aspen's Chip Chilson has been making the bike trip to Moab for a decade. And he's taking his cycling friends, colleagues and clients with him.

"I try to bring in, not just quality, but high level people for the camp," Chilson said of his Aspen Sports Performance fall cycling camp in Moab with Bob Roll.

The cycling camp for road bikers and mountain bikers recently wrapped up its annual four-day run in the Moab area.

Chilson's staged the Moab camp for 10 years.

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"This is my sixth year with Bob Roll," Chilson said of the internationally known cycling figure and broadcast personality. Roll also is a former pro cyclist with the famed 7-Eleven team — the first U.S. team to ride in the Tour de France.

"I try to bring in people … compatible with my focus. We try to keep it fun, but we've got great pros who know their stuff," he said, citing Roll's outgoing personality and expertise.

Also helping as a pro at the camp this year was Aspen native Alex Hagman, a pro road biker with the Jelly Belly team.

"Alex has raced in China and Japan. He brings that experience with him," Chilson said of the pro cyclist who won a national collegiate mountain bike title while at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

"Alex is right there just below the Grand Tour riders. He's raced the Tour of Utah, the USA Pro Challenge (in Colorado)," Chilson said, adding that Hagman's enthusiastic personality is a driving force for the participants in the annual Aspen Sports Performance fall camp in Moab.

"I also try to bring a strong element of education to the camp," Chilson said. Seminars are held each night of the three-night stay in Moab.

The bike camp includes four days of riding.

This year, Chilson said the speakers included Dr. Donald Corenman, of the Steadman Clinic. He addressed spine, back, core and other issues for the cyclists.

"He gave a great presentation," Chilson said, adding that Bill Fabrocini, of the Aspen Club, added to the educational aspects of the Moab bike camp.

"Plus, we went into the physical components ….. the current state of the pro peloton," Chilson said. "We talked about how they are training … how are they recovering."

Chilson's lineup of experts in cycling and fitness this year included pro cyclist and two-time Olympic cyclist Jame Carney, a part-time Aspen resident. He's also a top coach, working now with a women's pro road team.

Pro criterium racer Erica Allar, who trained in the Aspen area last summer, also assisted along with noted endurance athlete Mike Kloser, of Vail. Kloser is a former World Cup mountain bike champion.

Dave Ochs, of Crested Butte, returned to Chilson's Utah camp this fall.

A hall of famer in mountain biking, Ochs is an architect in Crested Butte.

"Whenever I do a camp, I bring Dave in," Chilson said. "He's the man. His ability to communicate with people is exceptional. He's like Bob Roll."

Chilson's Aspen Sports Performance fall bike camp in Moab was featured previously in VeloNews.

Chilson, who formerly coached with Chris Carmichael and his cycling training program, also takes a group of cyclists to New Mexico in the spring for the annual Tour of the Gila stage race.

Chilson added that the Moab fall camp is not a camp just for racers.

"This is for people just starting, too," he said.

This year's camp included a dozen pro cyclists as well as 15 cyclists from the bicycling industry. And, Chilson said, there were beginners.

"Really, the whole idea of the camp is to launch you into your 2014 season with a plan," Chilson said. "We want them to understand training, develop training blocks … and give them effective recovery techniques."

With another Moab camp in the books, Chilson said Aspen Sports Performance is planning the 2014 edition now (aspensportsperformance.com).

"The educational component is always key," Chilson said. "It's the right time, the right place, the right venue in Moab. It's a great opportunity to learn."

dstrode@aspentimes.com