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Maroon Bells Time Trial on today’agenda

The Aspen Cycling Club will shift into time-trial mode today.

The club will host the annual Maroon Bells Time Trial for the weekly Wednesday night race.

“The course is approximately 7 miles in length with an elevation gain of 1,400 feet,” said Mike Maple, president of the Aspen Cycling Club. “The course finishes at the highest section of paved roadway, the bus stop loop next to the visitor center building.”

Maple said the uphill time trial is another classic on the Aspen summer schedule.

“It’s a chance to see how you measure up on this Aspen ride,” Maple said.

The racing will begin at 6 p.m. with the first rider on course.

He said cyclists will ride against the clock in 30-second intervals or at time intervals assigned by the race director.

“Start times will be assigned at registration,” Maple said.

The Aspen Cycling Club invites all interested cyclists to race.

Advance registration is not required. Racers can register and pay at the start at Aspen Highlands between 5 and 5:50 p.m.

Entry fee is $10 for Aspen Cycling Cub members; $10 for nonmembers.

Prepaid racers must check in before the start.

Maple said the Aspen Cycling Club will use its standard time-trial start procedure.

Competitors must arrive in the start queue no later than 30 seconds before their start. If a cyclist misses the start time, the rider will go to the end of the start list.

All time-trial racers are required to start from a full stop.

Five course marshals are need to assist with tonight’s race.

To volunteer, please email Mouse at or call her at 970-618-4626.

For more information, call the Aspen Cycling Club hotline at 970-922-2000.

Last week, the Aspen Cycling Club staged the annual Snowmass Cross Country Race.

Mountain endurance standouts John Gaston and Max Taam, ski mountaineering teammates, finished first and second, respectively, in the Senior Men A category.

Katie Van Deventer won the Senior Women’s race.

Taylor Williams led the Vet Men A. Mike Armstrong and Jon Gibans finished 1-2 in the Master Men’s division.

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