Elise Thatcher

Arts
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Christo Hasn’t Given Up on Colorado Project

Steve Coffin, Jonita Davenport, Christo, and Vince Davenport.
Elise Thatcher

World renowned artist Christo still hopes to do an ambitious art installation in Central Colorado. Well known for The Gates, a New York City Central Park installation in 2005, he’s now proposing a project called Over the River. In it, fabric panels would be suspended over sections six miles of the Arkansas River. Christo’s work is often controversial, so it’s no surprise the proposal has met stiff opposition here.

Note: Want to hear Christo's entire talk at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center? Scroll the bottom of this post for full unedited audio.

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USA Pro Challenge
10:45 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Officials: We’ll Make Sure Cycling’s Clean This Time

A UCI chaperone follows pro cyclists selected for anti-doping testing, after the 2013 USA Pro Challenge. Overall champion, stage winners, and random riders are usually tested.
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.]

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USA Pro Challenge
1:41 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Aspen Cyclist Wins Pro Challenge

2013 Pro Challenge winner and Aspen resident Tejay van Garderen whizzes by spectators after crossing the finish line, Stage 7.
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!”

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USA Pro Challenge
12:29 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Inside the Peloton: The USA Pro Challenge from a Team Car

General Manager Ed Beamon at morning meeting for Champion System Pro Cycling team. August 20th, 2013.
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.

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USA Pro Challenge
12:45 am
Thu August 22, 2013

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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