2018 WEDU Aspen 50 Video Recap

Have you wondered what it’s like to race the Aspen Fifty? Check out this video to see what it’s all about.

Local racers dominated the 2018 WEDU Aspen FIFTY race held Saturday, September 15th.

Aspen’s John Gaston, also known for holding the most Highland Bowl ski laps in a day – 11, won the race in 3 hours, 20 minutes. Dean Hill scored second place in 3:34. Greg Strokes third in 3:36. Mark Johnson, riding a single-speed rigid fork mountain bike, took fourth at 3:42 and RFMBA Trail Agent Race Team member Butch Peterson rounded out the top five by nipping Steamboat’s Zack Dolzani in a sprint finish.

Aspen local Elsa Lapeze won the women’s division in 5:04 ahead of second place Roxanne Hall at 5:21. Tess Strokes was third 5:46; Carroline Torry fourth at 5:46.

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BLM taking Sutey Ranch Comments at Open House October 25

Mountain biking on Sutey Ranch in the future is not guaranteed. The riding community needs you and all your riding buddies to tell the BLM that you want bike trails on Sutey Ranch.  You can tell them at the open house or via email.


“Public involvement will again be critical as we develop a final proposed alternative,” said Acting BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Gloria Tibbetts. “The more specific the comments to the information in the alternatives, the more helpful and effective they will be.”

The preliminary envioronmental assessment analyzes three possible management alternatives for Sutey Ranch:

  • Wildlife and hunting or
  • Equestrian access or
  • Mountain Biking and Hiking 

The final proposed alternative may be a blend of more than one alternative.

The BLM will be hosting a public open house in Carbondale to help answer questions and take written comments.

  • When: Thursday Oct. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m
  • Where: Carbondale at the Third Street Center, 520 Third St.

More information about the parcels and the planning process is available at https://go.usa.gov/xnvM5.

Comments may be e-mailed to blm_co_sutey_haines_rmpa@blm.govor mailed to BLM, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652, Attn: Sutey Ranch Management Plan.

This is what RFMBA is advocating for:

RFMBA has been envisioning (and discussing with Red Hill Council members) two trails open to bikes from the new Sutey trailhead to allow for a loop experience vs. an out-and-back.

Current trail concepts would allow for connection from the existing Sutey Trailhead to Red Hill’s Big Top trail and the Northside Loop.

We are not advocating for access to the existing ranch roads which mostly coincide with the open meadows/fields favored by wildlife.

Comments will be most helpful if received by Nov. 5, 2018.


Basalt Mountain Update – it’s nasty up there.

“During a recent trail evaluation, crews encountered over 60 downed trees across a one-mile section of the Mill Creek Trail and hundreds of downed trees across a three-mile section of the Cattle Creek Trail,” Kevin Warner, acting Aspen-Sopris District Ranger, said in a statement

Bottom line: the trails (Mill Creek, Cattle Creek, Upper Basalt Mt Trail) have too many trees down right now for biking. The hazard level is high for anyone working on clearing fallen trees given threat of standing dead trees falling during windy conditions.

RFMBA is working with WRNF on plans to get the trails open spring 2019.

Read the full story in the Glenwood Post Independent

Did you Know? A vote for 7A supports regional trails!

Did you know 7A includes support for regional trails that RFMBA has advocated for over recent years?

Support for maintaining the Rio Grande Trail means less time in your car pedaling to your favorite local singletrack.

Funding towards the future LoVa Trail means a bike path will one day connect Glenwood Springs to the new South Canyon Trail System, and the great singletrack now available in New Castle.

As an organization that works to improve trails and your access to trails, RFMBA believes that voting in support of Issue 7A on this November’s ballot will help in our mission to create and sustain the best possible trail system in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond.