Time to get ready for Ride for the Pass
Time to get in cycling shape in between rain showers to prepare for the annual Ride for the Pass on May 21.
The 22nd annual fundraiser for the Independence Pass Foundation is always held on the Saturday before Highway 82 is opened to vehicular traffic. The ride will start at 10 a.m.
Ride for the Pass follows a route that is slightly farther than 10 miles. It starts at the winter closure gate at mile marker 47 east of Aspen and finishes at the Independence town site at mile marker 57.
Competitive riders cover the course in 40 to 45 minutes. Recreational riders take up to a couple of hours. New this year will be a 2-mile, non-timed, family fun ride to Weller.
The registration fee is $45 for individuals and $75 for families. Online registration is now available at http://www.active.com through midnight on Thursday, May 19. In-person registration takes place at the Limelight Hotel on Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with increased fees. Last minute registration will be available at the start of the ride from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with no exceptions past that time.
There will be an after-party at the St. Regis from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. featuring raffle giveaways and free beer tickets.
Independence Pass Foundation has undertaken numerous projects for more than two decades to improve the environment of Independence Pass. It’s stabilized road cuts through vegetation plantings, removed old snow fence from the Continental Divide and teamed with the U.S. Forest Service to place interpretative signs at the summit.
Detailed information is available on the Independence Pass Foundation website, http://www.independencepass.org. For more information, contact Ride for the Pass Event Coordinator Dina Belmonte at DinaB@sopris.net or 970-379-1222.
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