Cycling club turns to criterium racing today
The Aspen Times
The summer centerpiece of the Aspen Cycling Club — the Woody Creek Criterium — will take off today.
The lone criterium on the season-long racing schedule will feature an earlier-than-usual start at 5:30 p.m.
“The classic Aspen Cycling Club race will be held at the Woody Creek Raceway, courtesy of the Aspen Racing and Sports Car Club,” said Mike Maple, Aspen Cycling Club president.
Parking is limited.
Cyclists in today’s criterium are encouraged to ride to the raceway or car pool.
Maple reminded participants that there will be no access to the track prior to 5 p.m. today.
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.
Cyclists can register for today’s race or for the summer series at aspencyclingclub.org.
Today’s race will occur in heats.
The first group will include Senior Women A, Citizens, Masters and Juniors for a 30-minute race, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Vet Men A will race at about 6:15 p.m. for 45 minutes.
Additional heat details will be available at the start or at the Aspen Cycling Club hotline at 970-922-2000.
Because of the nature of the race, course marshals are needed to assist. To volunteer, email Mouse at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 between 5 and 5:50 p.m.”
He reminded prepaid racers to check in before the start of the race today.
Last week, the Aspen Cycling Club staged its annual Smuggler-Hunter Creek Cross Country Race. John Gaston, a top ski mountaineer in the winter, won the annual test of will.
Colin Osborn was second in the Senior Men A category.
Kevin Willson won the Vet Men A race. Pam Seidler won among Senior Women A. Amy Butowicz was tops among Vet Women.
First in the Master Men division went to Jon Gibans.
Ed Cross won the Grand Masters.
Jacques Houot won the Super Grand Masters.
Cyclists will return to their mountain bikes for the July 10 Aspen Cycling Club race. The epic Government Trail race from Snowmass to Aspen will be held.
One week later, another epic road ride is on the Aspen Cycling Club calendar. That’s the Highlands-Maroon-Bells-Ashcroft-Castle Creek double climb road race on July 17.
Two Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteer projects are scheduled to assist with finish work, rock armoring and seeding of disturbed areas, according Ted O’Brien, manager of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Resource and Trails. The events will be led in collaboration with Open Space and Trails and the Roaring Fork Mountain Biking Association.
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