cycling

12:45am

Thu August 22, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

How ARE Cyclists Tested for Doping, Anyway?

UCI Doping Control Officer David Miller points to one of the bottles that would hold an athlete's urine.
Elise Thatcher

Cycling is trying to prove it’s clean. The sport has had a public relations disaster as one after another rider has admitted to doping in years past... including icon and superstar Lance Armstrong. But organizers and younger athletes maintain the sport is far cleaner now, partly because of the kinds of tests used to catching athletes cheating. Aspen Public Radio took a look at what that actually involves.

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8:00am

Mon August 19, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

Support abounds for Pro Challenge cyclists, on and off the bike

Carson Miller and Ben Jacques-Maynes relax in the lobby of their Snowmass Village hotel. The pair is racing with the Jamais-Hagens Berman team in the USA Pro Challenge.
Credit Rebecca Kruth

With the USA Pro Cycling Challenge upon us, spectators and athletes are both focused on the excitement during the race. Before the race starts today (Mon., 8-19-13), we take a look at what it's like to be in the middle of the peloton, and what it takes to be a pro rider. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth has more.  

The USA Pro Challenge. If you’re not familiar with the finer points of bike racing, the whole thing can look like a big mess.

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9:31pm

Sun August 18, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

Cyclists Throw Down the Gauntlet for Pro Challenge

Pro cyclists at USA Pro Challenge 2013 first press conference. August 18th, 2013.
Elise Thatcher

The USA Pro Challenge kicks off in Aspen and Snowmass Village today. More than a hundred and fifty top cyclists will compete in the third edition of the race. Many explored the Roaring Fork Valley on two wheels this weekend... and all of them were within arm’s reach during Saturday’s opening ceremonies.

<<Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”>>

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9:54pm

Mon July 22, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

Snowmass Gets Ready for Bike Race

Sherry Flack, owner of Local Color and Local Rebels, two stores in Snowmass Village.
Elise Thatcher

In a month, more than a thousand pro cyclists, staff, and journalists will descend on Snowmass Village. That’s for the kickoff of the USA Pro Challenge, an international bike race. It’s the first time Snowmass has hosted part of the event. In past years, retailers across the state have said they don’t make much money from spectators. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a look at what Snowmass merchants are expecting.

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12:10pm

Fri July 12, 2013
Bike and Build

Cross-Country Cyclists Build Homes for the Needy in Colorado

Cindy Freimark and Rachel Scheinman are part of the group Bike and Build. On Friday, they're helping construct a home in Silt.
Credit Marci Krivonen

A group of cross-country cyclists is making a stop in Silt Friday to help build a house. The group will work with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to construct a home for a family in need.

The cycling group, called Bike and Build, sends groups of young people on long tours through different parts of the country, where they hammer nails for affordable housing projects.

24-year-old Cindy Freimark is with the group building homes in Colorado this summer. She says she’s been touched by the stories she hears.

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