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Just days into May, it’s time to get out the bikes in preparation for Aspen’s unofficial kickoff to the cycling season – the Aspen Cycling Festival.

Held May 20-22, the Aspen Cycling Festival features two classic cycling races – the Ride for the Pass and Aspen Criterium and a LIVESTRONG Friday night kickoff party and concert.

LIVESTRONG opens the weekend on Friday, May 20, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a concert at Belly-Up and a chance to win exclusive Lance Armstrong-signed items. Tickets are available for purchase online.



Ride for the Pass follows on May 21. This charity bike race/recreational ride allow racers to experience the scenic route up Independence Pass free of motorized vehicles before it opens on Memorial Day.

Benefiting the Independence Pass Foundation, the race follows the traditional route from the Winter Gate, four miles east of Aspen, to the Independence Ghost Town approximately 10 miles east up Highway 82 on Independence Pass. The route gains approximately 2,500 feet of elevation.



The Aspen Criterium, taking place on May 22, begins and finishes in the heart of downtown Aspen with racers competing for over $8,000 in prize money. This nine-tenths of a mile loop takes riders on the closed city streets of downtown Aspen. Typical criteriums feature a four-corner race, but the Aspen Criterium boasts 10 corners.

For anyone wanting to try a criterium race, Sun Dog Athletics will host a criterium clinic race morning (May 22) from 7:15-7:45 a.m. for $10. Participants will learn new skills to enhance performance and enjoyment.

Register for Ride for the Pass at http://www.active.com and the Aspen Criterium at http://www.prerace.com. For more information about the Aspen Cycling Festival, visit http://www.aspencyclingfestival.com.

Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale is hosting its second annual Diva Night on Thursday, May 12.

The first hour (5:30-6:30 p.m.) will feature a happy hour with massage, a bra fitting station, a breast cancer awareness station and dietitians on hand to answer questions.

At 6:30 p.m., a pair of speakers will address event attendees. Famed local athlete and running coach Carrie Vickers and Anita Ortiz, an ultrarunning champ, teacher and mother of four, will share their stories.

The first 50 people to show will receive goody bags.

Call Independence Run and Hike at 704-0909 for more information.

Coal Ridge High School is hosting a kids volleyball camp June 27-29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day at Coal Ridge High School.

The camp is for boys and girls 7 to 12 years old (at the time of the camp). The cost is $20 per day or $50 for all three days if registered before June 21. After June 21, the cost is $25 per day or $60 for all three days.

All participants will receive a camp T-shirt and lunch (sponsored by Subway in Glenwood Springs).

For more information or to register, contact Scott Black at 309-0359 or shblack@sopris.net.

Bringing the sport of adventure racing to the mountain town of Glenwood Springs, the Merrell Oyster Racing Series is returning the Oyster Off Road Adventure Race on May 21.

The race, which will benefit the Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs, challenges teams of two to four participants to push their physical limits in some of nature’s most pristine playgrounds.

The Oyster Off Road offers adventure aficionados of all skill levels a race that features the classic disciplines of mountain biking, trail running, orienteering and a water element, as well as a number of surprise challenges such as trivia, brain teasers and stunts.

The secret course is revealed to racers just moments prior to the event. The team that can combine the right amount of athleticism, endurance and cerebral teamwork wins. The race covers 10 to 20 miles in two to four hours.

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


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