Letter (Aug. 29): Rude cyclists spoil race
Rude cyclists spoil race
You printed part of my Open City Hall statement on the front page of The Aspen Times, Aug. 27. So here’s the rest of it.
“Mayor Skadron mentioned phone complaints to City Departments so vulgar that they could not be repeated. In my experience, the profanity came from one of the race teams. On Monday morning, August 19th, I was taking my wife to a scheduled appointment at Aspen Valley Hospital. We were traveling Eastbound on McClain Flats Road, when we came up behind a pack of cyclists at Trentaz Drive. They were riding two abreast, all wearing light blue shirts, with a USA Pro Challenge chase car following. The chase car politely pulled off the road and allowed us to pass. Then as we passed the cyclists, my wife called out the window ‘Share the road,’ and their response was a loud ‘F— You!’” (Colorado law states that persons riding bicycles two abreast shall not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, and on a laned roadway shall ride in a single lane). I could see about ten cars behind us.
This shows an arrogant lack of civility and contempt for local residents. Until someone assures me that they can teach these rude team cyclists some manners and respect, I would prefer that they would take this event elsewhere.”
We are not opposed to this race, just to the bad attitude of some of the racers. This week’s Aspen Times online poll shows that 52 percent of the respondents do not want the race to return next year and only 32 percent do. We watched two laps of the race on TV, and and they missed coverage of Brush Creek Village and Smith Way hill, some of the best parts of the race. Nowhere was it published that NBC Sports is on channel 29.
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Editor’s note: This letter was directed to Aspen City Council and Mayor Torre.