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Aspen Cycling Tips

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Check out these great video with some helpful cycling tips from your favorite Aspen Ranger, Brian Long.

Aspen Cycling Tips with Brian Long

A Spinning Good Time…

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Weather forecast for May 22 & 23 is Sunny and mid-60s, which means that since the sun has finally decided to show you don’t have to leave town to have fun. Especially with the Aspen Cycling Festival happening next weekend!

The Aspen Cycling Festival is not just for the cycling enthusiasts. If you like to kick back and watch the action as you sip on your Sunday morning beer we have that! If you like to enjoy some great food from AJAX Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain with some rocking good music from DJ Dylan – we have that too! Maybe a good movie at the historic Wheeler Opera House sounds like a great Friday night – it’s here! And that’s just the non-cycling events.

For the cyclists we start with the Ride for the Pass on Saturday morning. This 10 mile race takes you from the Winter Gate to the ghost town of Independence starting at 9am. You gain about 2,500 feet of elevation during this route! The reward is an awesome after-party at the Sky Hotel – one Aspen’s hottest hotels.

At 4pm on Saturday head over to meet other cyclists in front of the Hub of Aspen for a non-competitive group ride to the funky Woody Creek Tavern. This is a ride that shouldn’t be missed!  Oh yeah…did we mention it’s FREE!  You too can learn and be a part of that history as you peruse the walls of their restaurant, which are papered with newspaper and magazine articles, photographs and souvenirs depicting events that have occurred over the last three decades.

And then on Sunday is the best criterium race in the Rocky Mountains. This criterium is not your typical 4 corner race, try 10! With so many curves these cyclists must stay focused and alert. If you aren’t racing you’re going to want to head down to the corner of Mill and Hyman where the best action is.   Wild Fig will be hosting a beer tent (ahh….), AJAX Tavern will be dishing up burgers, DJ Dylan will be busting out the tunes, and vendors will be lining Mill Street for you stroll and take a gander at.

Don’t miss out on this awesome weekend!

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Cycling Registration

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Read about the Aspen Cycling Festival in the April 23 issue of the Aspen Times | Aspen Cycling event registration underway

Registration Open for 3 Great Events!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Registration is now open for 3 great events!! The Aspen Criterium, Zoot Aspen Triathlon, and the Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon. All online registration can be found at

Aspen Cycling Festival featuring the Aspen Criterium, May 23 – The Criterium is the single most exciting biking event in Aspen each summer. This .9 mile loop on the closed city streets of Aspen is not your typical 4 corner race. Try 10! USAC sanctioned. for more info.

Zoot Aspen Triathlon, August 7  – This multi-sport event consists of an 800-yard indoor pool swim, 17-mile bike to the spectacular Maroon Bells, and a 4-mile run around the Aspen Golf Club in the scenic Maroon Creek Valley. Duathlon (Run/Bike/Run) and Aquabike (Swim/Bike). for more info.

Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon, September 25 – Voted by Colorado Runner as 2008’s “Best Half Marathon” this race is one of the most beautiful foot races in the Rockies. In the height of the picturesque fall colors this course guides runners on trails from Snowmass to Aspen with breathtaking heights and fabulous views.

Sign up early – race fills up! for more info.

Aspen Cycling Festival

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

The Aspen Cycling Festival featuring the Aspen Criterium and Ride for the Pass is scheduled for the weekend of May 22-23 in Aspen, Colorado. Online registration is now open for both events at

The Aspen Criterium is pleased to announce the race is now sanctioned by USA Cycling. USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the U.S. – road,track, mountain bike, BMX, and cyclo-cross. With more than 66,000 members, USA Cyclnig sanctions more than 2600 events each year. The organization also ensures a bright future for American cycling by identifying talent and developing young athletes into Olympic and world championship medalists.

The Aspen Criterium begins and finishes in the heart of downtown aspen at the corner of Hyman Avenue and Monarch Street. This .9 mile loop takes riders on the closed city streets of downtown Aspen and is not your typical 4 corner crit, try 10!

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Spring Bike Maintenance Series

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Aspen Recreation Center and D&B Bike Adventures Present the Spring Bike Maintenance Series

Become a master of bicycle repairs and start saving time and money. D&B Bike Adventure professionals will teach you the intricacies of bicycle mechanics and train participants to tackle all repairs efficiently on their one. Taught in a 5-part series, pick the course you need, or enroll in all 5 at a discounted price.

April 1 – Bike Anatomy – Cleaning and identifying your bike
April 8 – Flat Repair – Fixing a flat and selection of tires for your terrain
April 15 – Drive-Train – Make your bike shift like butter
April 22 – Wheels – Keep ‘em spinning straight
April 29 – Brakes – Adjusting your brakes and how to stop

All sessions are held at the Aspen Recreation Center on Thursday from 6-7:30pm. Cost is $20 per session or $80 for entire series if pre-registered by March 25.

To register or for more information contact D&B Bike Adventures at 970-319-0538 or the Aspen Recreation Center at 970-544-4100.

Ride the Rockies Rolls through Aspen

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists on a 6-7 day ride on paved roads through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains each June, assisted by more than 100 volunteers.

Ride The Rockies route is different each year, but always climbs a few challenging mountain passes and showcases Colorado’s spectacular scenery. Daily rides can be as short as 35 miles or as long as 100 miles, but generally average 60-65 miles.

While the tour route changes each year, the benefits and responsibilities of the host communities remain the same. Benefits include publicity, positive economic impact, fund-raising opportunities and a grant provided to an eligible non-profit agency in each host town by Post-News Community. Cyclists in 2007 spent an average of $225,000 in a 24-hour period in each town and many cyclists return as tourists at a later date. Host communities provide alternative lodging, inexpensive community meals, and entertainment.

Over 4,000 applications are expected for the 2,000 spots. Riders on past Ride The Rockies have represented all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Ride The Rockies is a non-competitive event open to cyclists of all ages and riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace.

Proceeds from Ride the Rockies benefit Post-News Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. All funds raised are matched at 50 cents on the dollar and are returned directly to the community.