For the next few days, Aspen is all about biking as the USA Pro Challenge kicks off at 1pm today with a circuit race. Teams from all over the world, including this year's Tour de France-winning Sky Cycling, will do two circuits through downtown Aspen before taking off for Snowmass. Grueling climbs on Power Plant Rd. and Owl Creek on the way to Snowmass will highlight the course. Then, tomorrow the road race begins in earnest with a start on Main Street as the teams take off over Independence Pass for Breckenridge. Live television coverage will be broadcast all week.
This summer to honor some of the remarkable women in Aspen history, the Aspen HIstorical Society is presenting character presentations of iconic women from different eras. Today Jeannie Walla performs as Joan Metcalf, the queen of the Crystal Palace. The presentation takes place at 5:30 pm at the Holden/Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum on the Marolt Open Space. For details about this series, visit www.aspenhistory.org.
Make a difference in the community by participating in Wetland Planting Day, Saturday August 3. A joint effort by Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and the Aspen Parks & Recreation department, the planting day will take place in Rio Grande Park from 8:30am - 5pm. Volunteers will plant wetland plants, riparian trees and shrubs and complete native seeding of the area. Tools, instruction and leadership will provided along with dinner. To sign up to help, visit www.rfov.org.