Column: Cycling club’s new season just around the corner
The Aspen Times
Picking up the pieces:
Somewhere in the melting ice of the hockey season, a pair of Aspen High School players earned all-conference honorable-mention honors for the Skiers this year. Burke Daily and Victor Dunn were selected by the coaches in the Foothills League.
Lost in the dust as the high school basketball season ended is a streak of historic proportions by tiny Sanford High School. The boys basketball team has won three consecutive Class 2A state championships while building the state’s current longest winning streak — 73 games.
Peter Sagan, the cycling superman from Slovakia who won the 2013 Aspen/Snowmass Circuit Race in the USA Pro Challenge, won the Tour of Flanders last weekend. The reigning road-racing world champion pulled into a small breakaway on the final few climbs of the 100th annual Tour of Flanders, riding solo up the Paaterberg climb to the victory.
He held off Fabian Cancellara in a late chase. The race was the last Tour of Flanders for Cancellera, who has won three previous times.
Sagan, now 26 and riding for Tinkoff, dominated the 2013 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado, winning four stages, including the opener in Aspen.
A week earlier, Sagan won the Rhonde van Vlaanderen.
Speaking of cycling, the Aspen Cycling Club’s new season will kick off April 27 with the annual Difficult Time Trial for road riders.
Another road race will follow on May 4 — the Woody Creek/Old Snowmass/Lenado Road Race.
Mountain-bike racing with the Aspen Cycling Club will start May 11 with the Smuggler Hill Climb.
There are nine road races and nine mountain bike races on the 2016 Aspen Cycling Club schedule.
There will be a revision in race categories and start waves for this season, with the number of start waves increasing from three to four.
Tyler Newton is the new president of the Aspen Cycling Club this year.
Registration and schedule information is available at http://www.aspencyclingclub.org.
Aspen High School boys basketball coach Rolf Schildman tendered his resignation last week after two years at the helm of the Skiers. Schildman took over the AHS boys after a season heading the Aspen girls team. He previously coached the Basalt boys basketball team.
Aspen will be looking for its second new head coach in three years. Former head coach Steve Ketchum, now at Ponderosa High School, led the Aspen boys for 16 seasons.
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