Cycling takes off with plethora of events in the Roaring Fork Valley |

Cycling takes off with plethora of events in the Roaring Fork Valley

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Cycling shifts into high gear this week in the Roaring Fork Valley.

A busy schedule of cycling events begins with the weekly Aspen Cycling Club race today.

This week’s race is the Colorado Rocky Mountain School short track mountain bike race in Carbondale with the post-race party at the Red Rock Diner.

The new event uses the trails of Tick Ridge on CRMS land.

The regular race schedule will be in effect with the party beginning about 7 p.m. at the Red Rock Diner.

The start/finish and registration for the race will be on Crystal River Road, just to the west of the CRMS campus.

All area riders are encouraged to come out and race. Advance registration is not required.

Racers can register and pay at the start between 5 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. today.

All riders, including A riders, must register by 5:50 p.m. Entry fees are $5 for Aspen Cycling Club members and $10 for nonmembers. Prepaid members must check in before the race start.

An additional waiver for use of the CRMS property must be signed by all racers and marshals.

Online registration for membership in the Aspen Cycling Club is still available and purchase of season-long race packages can be found at

On Saturday, the annual Ride for the Pass benefit returns on Independence Pass.

The ride follows the route from the winter game to the ghost town of Independence. It covers a vertical gain of 2,500 feet over a 10-mile course.

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On Sunday, the Aspen Cycling Festival will continue with the Aspen Cycling Criterium downtown.

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But there’s more cycling on the horizon.

Over Memorial Day weekend, there will be two classic road races in the midvalley area, sponsored by Acme and Sanitas Sports of Boulder.

On Sunday, May 26, there will be the Red Mountain Road Race in Missouri Heights, with a start in Carbondale. Distances will range from 32 to 56 miles, depending on the category.

On Monday, May, 27, there will be the Basalt Norrie Road Race, starting in downtown Basalt and ending at the end of the pavement near Ruedi Reservoir.

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