Aspen’s annual rite of spring (or should we call it “Ride” of spring?), the Independence Pass Foundation’s Ride for the Pass, is scheduled for Saturday, May 18. After two consecutive years of weather-related cancellations, the Foundation is optimistic that this year will see a return of the good biking weather that was characteristic of previous Rides. The Ride is held the weekend prior to the opening of the Pass to auto traffic, so riders will have the road to themselves for the annual IPF fundraiser. The Ride for the Pass is a 10+ mile bike ride up Independence Pass on Highway 82, starting at the Winter Gate (mile marker 47) east of Aspen and finishing at the Independence Ghost Town (mile marker 57) a few miles below the summit of the Pass. The Ride will start at 10 AM – an hour later than previous years – and most riders should complete the course by noon or shortly thereafter. Winning times for competitive riders are 40-45 minutes but recreational riders generally take twice that time to cover the course. Registration fees are $40 for individuals and $70 for families, but that amount will go up by $10 after on-line registration closes on May 15. On-line registration is now available at http://www.active.com/cycling/aspen-co/ride-for-the-pass-2013. More information is available on the Independence Pass Foundation website, www.independencepass.org, or on the Independence Pass Foundation Facebook Page. For more information, contact Dina Belmonte (DinaB@sopris.net) or Mark Fuller (firstname.lastname@example.org, 970 963 4959).
19th Annual Ride for the Pass
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