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Aspen Cycling Club hosts criterium Wednesday

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen Cycling Club will turn to the criterium today.

The annual Woody Creek Criterium, the lone crit race on the Aspen Cycling Club summer scheduled, will take off with an early start time today at the Woody Creek Raceway.

The race is open to cycling club members or anyone wishing to race.



Racing will begin at 5:30 p.m.

“The Woody Creek Criterium is part of our never-ever race series,” said Aspen Cycling Club president Mike Maple. He said the crit today is a chance for first-time racers to try out road cycling under controlled conditions.




“These races are a fun and safe way to try a cycling club race for the first time,” Maple said.

“The classic Aspen Cycling Club race will be held at the Woody Creek Raceway, courtesy of the Aspen Racing and Sports Car Club,” Maple said.

Parking is limited — cyclists in today’s criterium are encouraged to ride to the raceway or car pool.

The track is about 1.1 miles per lap with gently rolling terrain. There are seven corners on each lap.

“This will be your only opportunity to ride on the raceway this season,” Maple said, adding that the criterium at the Woody Creek Raceway is a unique opportunity for local and visiting cyclists.

A criterium on a closed course at a race track is a special race, he said.

Today’s race will occur in heats.

Additional details will be available at the start or at the Aspen Cycling Club hotline at 970-922-2000.

Course marshals are needed to assist. To volunteer, email Mouse at mouse-mv@hotmails.com or call 970-618-4626.

“All area riders are encouraged to come out and race,” Maple

said. “Advance registration is not required. Racers can register and pay at the start.”

dstrode@aspentimes.com

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