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24 Hours passing torch to cure ride

Aspen Times Staff Report

Former 24 Hours of Aspen champions like Chris Davenport and Katie McBride-Puckett will be passing a figurative fund-raising torch to Chris Evert and Andy Mill, co-chairs of the first Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure, at a registration event on Thursday night at the Hotel Jerome.

The Ride for the Cure is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 11, with 20-, 40-, 60- and 100-mile divisions. Registration costs $75 and riders are responsible for raising $500 in pledges. The ride is limited to 300 cyclists.

Organizers of the Ride for the Cure, with the Aspen Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, are hoping to carry on the legacy of the 24 Hours of Aspen as a beloved community event and fund-raising giant.

Davenport and McBride-Puckett will be joined by former teammates Tyler Williams and Anda Rojs, respectively, in “passing the torch” to Evert and Mill, longtime Aspen residents and philanthropists, according to an event statement.

Thursday’s registration runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Chris Carmichael, Lance Armstrong’s famous coach and founder of CTS Performance Centers, is serving as an honorary co-chair for the race. A former Tour de France racer himself, Carmichael is expected at the Sept. 11 ride.

“We are so honored to be recognized by the founders of this historic Aspen fund-raising event, and to be trusted to carry on the community fund-raising tradition with the first annual Ride for the Cure,” said co-chair Elaine Grossman. “Like the 24 Hours of Aspen event, the funds raised at the Aspen Ride for the Cure will support a local nonprofit. The Komen Aspen Affiliate’s mission is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.”

Local snowboarders Chris Klug and Gretchen Bleiler are also expected to participate in the ride. And Dr. Carolyn Kaelin, a breast cancer surgeon and survivor, Harvard professor and author of “The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Guide to Fitness,” is serving as an honorary co-chair like Carmichael.

“We’re hoping it’s a big community thing and we can build some momentum behind it,” said Bill Fabrocini, a trainer and physical therapist at the Aspen Club and Spa and the president of the CTS Performance Center at the Aspen Club.

Fabrocini is also the trainer who worked with 24 Hours racers like Davenport and McBride-Puckett to prepare the athletes for what was billed as the most taxing downhill endurance ski race anywhere.

The event was last staged in December of 2002. Owing to a lack of sponsors, it was canceled in 2003.

“Komen came to me to help get Chris Carmichael behind it, and Queen Noor behind it, and that can be huge to help boost the visibility and promote this wonderful cause,” said Fabrocini, who is also on the steering committee for the Ride for the Cure. “We’re hoping to make this a big deal, this year and in the years to come.”

Check out http://www.aspenrideforcure100.com


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