Omnium races return to Glenwood area |

Omnium races return to Glenwood area

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Post Independent fileBicyclists race in the 2008 Western Slope Omnium's criterium. The Omnium, a three-day event that features a time trial, a road race and a criterium, returns to the Glenwood Springs area this weekend.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A beefed-up Western Slope Omnium is returning to the greater Glenwood Springs area this weekend for a second annual go-round.

Bill Sommers and fellow organizers received enough positive feedback from last year’s inaugural, weekend-long cycling event that they’re adding a third phase to the 2009 version. New to a slate that featured a road race and criterium in its first installment: a scenic time trial.

“The things we’d hear are what great courses we had, and what a great community and place to have a race,” said Sommers, who’s teaming up with Mitch Hyra to direct the Omnium’s organizing efforts. “They talked about the friendliness of the community and the beauty of the course. You can’t beat racing in the mountains.”

The action begins Friday night with the Omnium’s newest feature – the time trial. Starting off near Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, riders will tackle 16 kilometers of course on the rolling hills surrounding the Roaring Fork River.

On Saturday, riders will shift east for the road race. Beginning near Dotsero, riders will contend with up to 85 miles (mileage varies by age group) of challenging terrain.

The streets of downtown Glenwood Springs will serve as the site for a Sunday criterium, in which cyclists will zoom around a seven-tenths-of-a-mile course set up between Eighth and 10th streets.

This year’s Omnium will be part of the Tour of Colorado, a points-based summer race series. Also new this year, the junior version of the road race will serve as a state championship event.

“We’re the Colorado junior state road race championship this year,” Sommers said. “We agreed to do that. It’s kind of a big deal for us.”

Registration is still open for each of the Omnium’s three races at Race information and maps can be found at

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