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Businesses currently selling medical marijuana will be allowed to sell recreational pot on January 1st, if they’re willing to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a license. Dispensary owners say the added business would be a boon.

The story of Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace continues to unfold. In a new book, two Wall Street Journal reporters explore the financial underpinnings of how and why the cyclist cheated.

A coal mine over the mountains near Paonia recently laid off many of its employees. The layoffs and that could hurt local communities.

And, we’ll examine at coal mining across the country and look into the challenges the industry’s currently facing.

Finally, we introduce you to a young female snowboarder looking to make the Olympic team in a new event - snowboard slopestyle.

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A veritable avalanche of information has come out about cyclist Lance Armstrong doping during his career. The iconic athlete even confessed to it in an Oprah interview early this year. But the details keep coming, now in a book by two Wall Street Journal reporters. Vanessa O’Connell and Reed Albergotti explore the financial underpinnings of how and why Armstrong cheated, in the book “Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever.” Armstrong is a part-time Aspen resident. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher recently spoke with O’Connell and Albergotti.

Elise Thatcher

Early in the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, Aspen Public Radio spent some time with the official drug tester for the International Cycling Union.  You can hear that story here. New testing procedures are in effect in an effort to show the sport is trying to clean up after years of doping scandals.  In the second report, we take a look at the competing agencies tasked with making sure the athletes are clean. [Note: see above for photos of drug testing chaperones during the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.]

Elise Thatcher

The USA Pro Challenge finished up in Denver on Sunday. After a week crossing Colorado, competitors in the international bike race made several laps in the heart of Denver. In the end though, it was a far different finish than a year ago.

It was a moment three years in the making. After two near misses, pro cyclist Tejay van Garderen finally clinched the yellow winner’s jersey.

Announcer Brad Sohner: “These folks love seeing Tejay van Garderen win, you gotta feel the love in Colorado!”

Tejay van Garderen: “Yeah, let me feel that love one more time!”

Elise Thatcher

All week, the USA Pro Challenge has flashed across TV, computer, and mobile screens… thanks to a film crew on motorcycles. Now we bring you what it’s like to be, literally, in the middle of the peloton. On Stage 2 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher rode in a team car with the Champion System pro cycling team.

  

Every day, before a race begins, the Champion System team meets in their RV. A handful of cyclists sit quietly, suited up in racing jerseys, looking pensive. General Manager Ed Beamon lays out the strategy.

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.

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.

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”>>

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.

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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