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Pedal Up for LIFT-UP adds new wrinkle for 2002 ride

The annual Pedal Up for LIFT-UP Century Road Ride, now in its fifth, year, is maturing and getting older.

And it’s added a wrinkle.

The annual event, slated for Aug. 10, has been a “ride” for its first four years, but this year it offers something for those who would rather “race” than just ride.

“In this valley there’s so much to do,” said LIFT-UP assistant director Janelle Weidler. “So we just needed to take this to the next level.”

Pedal Up still has its cycling courses of 100, 80, 60 and 30 miles, but it’s added a competitive race from Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs to the top of McClure Pass.

The “race” course measures 38.4 miles and finishes with a grueling 3-mile climb to the 8,755-foot summit of McClure. Riders gain 3,400 feet in elevation from Glenwood to the finish line, and a of cycling accessories will be awarded to top finishers. Being a one-way race, cyclist are responsible for their own transportation back to Two Rivers Park.

For those still wishing to participate at their own speed in the ride portion of Pedal Up, routes range from a nice morning pedal to the century ride that includes the summit of McClure Pass.

All the rides begin and end at Two Rivers Park, with the 100-mile cyclists starting at 7:15 a.m. with a 20-mile loop down Glenwood Canyon before heading to Carbondale with the other participants. The 30-mile riders turn back to Glenwood at Mesa National Bank in Carbondale, while the 60-mile course turns around at Redstone.

The course for the riders completing 100 and 80 miles summits McClure Pass, then heads back to Glenwood along the same route. The bonus in participating in the 100- or 80-mile ride, as opposed to the race, is obviously the descent down McClure.

“People love it because it’s for a good cause and it’s very challenging,” Weidler said, “not only physically challenging, but mentally.”

Participants can either pay an entry fee or raise pledges for the entry fee. Securing pledges of $200 covers the race fee and also includes at raft trip for two. The more pledge dollars the bigger the prizes, which range from gift certificates and ski passes to free rounds of golf and guided fishing trips.

The pledges are tax deductible and benefit the LIFT-UP, a local nonprofit organization that supplies short-term emergency assistance to area residents.

For those who would simply like to pay the registration fee, today is the final day for preregistration prices. The race to McClure and the 100- and 80-mile rides are $40, the 25- and 60-mile rides are $35. There is also a Glenwood Canyon ride for $25. The fee for children under 16 is $12. After today there is a $10 late entry charge.

The fee or pledge entry includes lunch at Two Rivers Park and musical entertainment by Twirp Anderson and John Sommers with Tom Paxton after the race. Free chiropractic and massage will also be offered and the post-race festivities include a bike and gear swap.

For information, entry forms or pledge forms, call LIFT-UP at 945-2005 or visit the web site at http://www.liftup.org. Raceday registration is also offered.


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