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A plethora of activities on tap this weekend

For the athlete or the spectator, there should be no shortage of activities in the area this weekend. Everyone from rodeo fans to skateboarders to mountain bikers will have an outlet for any pent up energy.River Valley Ranch Tennis Classic The 6th Annual River Valley Ranch Tennis Classic is scheduled for today through Sunday at River Valley Ranch, Aspen Glen and The Aspen Equestrian Estates courts in and around Carbondale.In its inaugural year the event drew around 50 players, according to organizer Susan Schloesser. Six years later, Schloesser expects 150-200 players to participate this weekend.”I’m almost getting to the point where I might have to limit people to one event,” Schloesser said. “We’re up about 40 players from last year, so it is growing.”Last year’s 5.0 men’s champion Scott Dorais, a pro at the Maroon Creek Club in Aspen, will be back to defend his title. A number of other area pros and amateurs will also compete. Schloesser estimates the tournament consists of about 80 percent area players and 10 percent each from the Grand Junction and Front Range areas.The event features men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles divisions for NTRP players rated 3.0-5.0. The tournament begins today at noon at River Valley Ranch and Aspen Glen. On Saturday, matches will also be held at the Aspen Equestrian Estates. The finals in each division will start Sunday morning at River Valley Ranch.Bikes to Mics mountain bike race Sunlight Mountain Resort will be the site of the first Bikes to Mics mountain bike competition Saturday.There are beginner, sport and expert levels for the cross country and downhill races. The event begins at 9 a.m. and racers will need to be present an hour prior to the event.Preregistration is being accepted at the Glenwood Springs Community Center and the cost is $25 for one race and $35 for both. For more information, or to get an application, contact Kathleen at 384-6312.Other area sports activities:-Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series at Gus Darien Arena, 7 p.m. on Friday.-Burning mountain Skate Competition, Hogback State Park in New Castle, 5 p.m. on Friday.-Carbondale Recreation Department four-person coed volleyball tournament, Saturday-Sunday. Call 704-4115 for information.


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