Hey, Spike! finds local ties to USA Pro Cycling Challenge
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is bringing a most welcome European Tour de France flavor to Colorado along with fond memories of the long-gone Coors Classic bike races.
Making this international event happen are the father and son team of Rich and Rick Schaden of Quiznos franchise fame, who have ties here.
Part of the major event squad includes marketing ace Lucy Kay of Hamilton Creek, the former head of Breckenridge Ski Area who honed her talents early on at Copper Mountain Resort.
Lucy is a road biker – bicycle and dual-sport BMW motorcycle.
The Summit hosts the fifth stage Saturday, with cyclists peddling 109 miles from Steamboat Springs, through Kremmling, Silverthorne, Dillon and near Keystone, before finishing in the Kingdom of Breckenridge.
The finale – Stage 6 – will be capped with Sunday’s ride that starts in Golden, climbs Lookout Mountain, then ends up in downtown Denver.
Back up in Jackson, Wyo., again, Hey, Spike! visited with three personalities who have links to Summit County:
Steph Fellows, whose parents, Polly and Bruce Douglass, have a home in Water Dance on Wooden Canoe.
Steph, formerly of Boulder, is the membership and volunteer coordinator for the Jackson Art Association.
Another: George Casaletta, that extreme skier who is always trying to huck himself off the planet, enjoyed the 700 inches of snow Jackson Hole got this season.
He’s now a ski and bike tech at Sports Authority, working for Jay Herman, who has a place in Dillon.
George’s mom, Deborah, sells timeshares for the Grand Timber Lodge here.
The third: None other than tall, blonde Lori Miller, a long-time Summiteer, who now runs the Headwall Recycle Sports Shop in Jackson.
That recent full moon, accompanied by perfect winds, coupled with glimpses of meteor showers, provided a great backdrop to the first Mount Royal 24-Hour Invitational Classic for sailors calling Frisco Bay Marina’s C Dock homebase.
“Muy Guapa,” with Capt. Mark “Smitty” Schmid at the helm and assisted by crew Doug Foote, T-Bird and Wynnette Hampton, covered the most distance, sailing 58 nautical miles, reports Dawn Sonnett of cruiser “Swell Life.”
“Okole,” crewed by Capt. Rob Malcolm, assisted by Dave Hynds and Gary Sonnett, sailed 52 nautical miles.
Other vessels and crews included:
“Happy Hours,” Capt. Gary Uhlenbrock, crew Eva and Andy Henson, Jenna Kane, Alex Albers, Jim from Iowa, Tanner, Nancy Sanders and Karin Dejamaer;
“Backside,” Capts. Bill Harris and Geary Ritchey; “Seaward 24,” Capts. Fiona and Nim Halron; “Schmunda,” Capt. Thom Emrick; “About Ready,” Capt. Peter Newton, crew Ken Carignan, Shaun Oryall, Tyler Hoegger, Lidia Newton, Ken and April; “Celebration,” Capt. Greg Nelson; “Liquid Happiness,” Capt. Diane Monaghen with Peter Beaupre; “Ericson 25,” Capt. Ryan Brenenstuhl and crew Megan McGee, Ellie Allan, Todd Merz and Adam Tressalt; and the best-ever named sailboat: “Sailbad The Sinner,” Capt. Jon Drabik with Seth Bartley and Nick Pollard.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org
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