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Independence Pass Magic

RIDING INDEPENDENCE PASS WITH CHRISTIAN VANDE VELDE, GEORGE HINCAPIE AND CRAIG LEWIS WAS JUST THE START OF THE 5 STAR, 5 DIAMOND EVENT, CLIP IN WITH CHRISTIAN. THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ROADS AROUND ASPEN HAVE A LOT TO OFFER ADVENTUROUS ROAD CYCLISTS.
Sunny blue skies and the Rocky Mountains make a glorious backdrop for this ride to Ashcroft.
IMAGES BY STEVE GOFF

Clip In with Christian

RECENTLY WE WERE invited to attend a cycling event with a difference. Firstly it was convened in Aspen Colorado. An intimate group of just 24 riders gathered at the charming Little Nell hotel in the heart of Aspen had the opportunity to ride with Christian Vande Velde, George Hincapie and Craig Lewis around the iconic ski resort village. The Clip in with Christian event was timed to coincide with the Stage 3 finish and Stage 4 start of the USA Pro Challenge, the Pro Continental tier race renowned for its tough climbing at high altitude through the Rocky Mountains.

Cruising to the farewell dinner at Emma's Farm.

Our host Simon Chen, an Australian ex-pat, is the Managing Director of the Little Nell hotel, which is gaining a reputation for developing innovative, high end experiences for its clientele who are looking for unique ways to spend their down time. Many destinations offer package tours, fly fishing the lakes and streams in the area, or other routine outdoor adventuring trips. But these are off the shelf offerings that anyone can take. Customised experiences to suit Little Nell clients for example have included a training session operating the massive snow cat ski-run grooming machine. It was truly unique, and for the skiing obsessed guest, an amazing money can(usually)not buy experience.

Shooting the breeze with George.
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