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Cycling
10:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Armstrong, Mercier On Cycling & Doping: What Happened, What Now

Lance Armstrong demonstrates how to fix a flat tire, for Outside Magazine, in one of his first media appearances after confirming doping accusations.
Credit Outside Magazine

   As the cycling world gears up for the Tour de France start this coming Saturday, July 5th, the sport is still dusting itself off. A generation of riders were found guilty of cheating in the late nineties through mid-two thousands. One of the most well-known riders was part-time Aspen resident Lance Armstrong who is now stripped of his many wins and banned from the sport. Organizers and riders alike say the sport is far cleaner now. Armstrong and two other former pro cyclists took some time to look back on the choices they made, and what comes next.  

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USA Pro Challenge
10:34 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Basalt, Carbondale Get First Taste of Pro Challenge

Riders tackle Independence Pass during the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.
Credit Elise Thatcher

The USA Pro Challenge will return to the area this August, only this time it’ll cover more ground in the Roaring Fork Valley. The race will spend the first day in Aspen and Snowmass Village. The second day, riders head down valley through Basalt and Carbondale, then cycle over an unpaved pass to Crested Butte. Like in previous years, the route has prompted debate among local officials about which roads are best. So far at least one official is in favor of the proposed itinerary. 

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Road to Sochi
5:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Aspen Nordic Skier Noah Hoffman Competes as Olympics Wrap Up

Noah Hoffman, right, chases Alexander Legkov of Russia, in an impressive performance Sunday at the 50k cross country race. Legkov went on to win the race; Hoffman finished 26th.
Credit Getty Images-AFP-Pierre-Philippe Marcou

Aspen athlete and Nordic skier Noah Hoffman competed yesterday in the last day of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The US Ski Team praised Hoffman’s performance in the taxing 50 kilometer race. Afterwards, Hoffman told NBC News he felt good about how the event went.  As the crowd cheered in the background, Hoffman explained he’s focused on the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea: “This is definitely a step in the right direction for me, and looking forward to progress in the World Cup Circuit and coming back in four years and winning a medal here.”

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Skiing & Snowboarding
3:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Court: Avalanches In Ski Areas OK

Christopher Norris, left, and his wife Salynda Fleury. Norris died after being caught in an avalanche inbounds at Winter Park Resort in 2012.
CBS

There’s a lot of concern over avalanche danger in Colorado’s backcountry right now. That includes the Aspen area. But skiers and boarders also have to keep this in mind: avalanches can occur inside ski areas… and if they do, the resort isn’t necessarily at fault. That’s a new ruling by the Colorado Appeals Court. 

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Lance Armstrong
11:35 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Aspenites React to New Lance Armstrong Film

Lance Armstrong, during filming for Alex Gibney's "The Armstrong Lie."
Credit Sony Pictures Classics/Photoshot

Tarnished cyclist Lance Armstrong is at the center of an ongoing controversy about doping in the sport. He’s also now in the spotlight in Hollywood. The first of several anticipated movies about the iconic athlete recently showed in Aspen. In The Armstrong Lie, award winning director Alex Gibney examines the underbelly of the the cyclist’s career. Reporter Elise Thatcher caught up with viewers after a showing at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.

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