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Volunteers needed for Power of 4 Mountain Bike Race

The Power of 4 Mountain Bike Race is in need of additional volunteers to staff aid stations for Saturday’s event.

Volunteers will receive a Helly Hansen race T-shirt and lunch.

The Power of 4 Mountain Bike Race will start in Snowmass and will include sections of all four ski areas in the Aspen/Snowmass area.

The Power of 4 50K trail run will be held on Sunday. Both events are sponsored by the Aspen Skiing Co.

Anyone interested can contact Maria Hidalgo at 970-300-7035 or mhidalgo@aspensnowmass.com.

USA Pro Challenge recruiting volunteers for bike race

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is in need of additional marshals in remote locations of the Stage 1 Aspen/Snowmass circuit course.

Marshals specifically are needed at Owl Creek, on Medicine Bow Road, Juniper Hill, Smith Hill Way and McClain Flats.

Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge will be Monday, Aug. 19, the Aspen/Snowmass Circuit Race.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of positions including pre-event setup, security and the Green Team.

Numerous volunteers are needed in the days before the race start, from Aug. 14 thourgh Aug. 18.

Most of these volunteer positions are in Snowmass.

For more information, visit http://www.aspenupcc.com.

Cycling governing body to change rules midway through election process

GENEVA — With embattled UCI president Pat McQuaid in an intense contest for his job against British challenger Brian Cookson, the cycling body’s election rules are set to be changed.

The International Cycling Union said late Monday it is preparing an amendment to its statutes, which could safeguard McQuaid’s nomination for the September election.

On Tuesday, Cookson denounced the tactic as “a clear sign of desperation” by McQuaid, who must also give up his International Olympic Committee membership if the presidency is lost.

McQuaid is trying to secure a valid candidacy after his home Irish federation withdrew its support and a nomination from Switzerland, where he lives, is being legally challenged next month.

Malaysian officials now propose changing rules which would allow any two UCI members worldwide, not just home federations, to nominate a candidate — despite the original deadline passing in June.

“The Malaysian Federation and (Asian confederation) state that their aims are to reinforce the independence of future UCI Presidents by ensuring they are able to carry out the role based on serving the global interests of cycling, independently from those of any single nominating national federation,” the UCI said in a statement.

McQuaid’s bid for a third four-year term is being waged against widespread attacks on the UCI and its credibility. Those intensified in fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping affair and continued revelations of an endemic culture of doping while the UCI was led by McQuaid’s predecessor and mentor, Hein Verbruggen.

The UCI has pledged to create an independent panel to investigate claims it colluded in protecting Armstrong from scrutiny during his career.

Tony Stewart OK after scary sprint car crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart was not injured in a scary accident in Canada in which his sprint car rolled five times.

A day after Monday’s wreck, Stewart was scheduled for the World of Outlaws race at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario. He’s the defending race winner.

But the three-time NASCAR champion will sit out a pair of races this weekend as his team takes its cars to Indiana for repairs.


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