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Circle the Summit registration open

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

For years, Summit County local Bob Guthrie was heavily involved in preserving and enhancing the quality and conditions for one of his passions: cycling.

Along with a number of other local road warriors, including friend Bob Faucett, Guthrie helped lead a fundraising effort to connect the Frisco and Dillon bike paths over Swan Mountain Road. In the winter of 2008, the idea for an annual ride to raise money for the cause started picking up steam.

Unfortunately, only a few months later, Guthrie died in a skiing accident at Arapahoe Basin.

“After that happened,” Faucett explained, “we decided to change the event to a memorial ride, keeping the goal of fundraising.”

Thus the Bob Guthrie Memorial Ride began in the summer of 2008 with more than 450 cyclists taking part.

Although it will take place under a different name – Circle the Summit – the event is back for a third year Aug. 14, taking off from Main Street Frisco.

Registration is already open, which takes participants on a scenic tour of the county.

Four different courses offer cyclists the choice of how intense they want to make their ride. Faucett said the 100- and 60-mile options are for the more “hard-core” riders, but the 45- and 21-mile rides are more family friendly.

“It’s an event that should attract all levels,” Faucett added.

The longer two courses take participants up the Hoosier and Ute passes, as well as up to A-Basin and over Swan Mountain Road, covering the paths the ride helped raise money to build.

Through the first two years of the ride, Summit Biking Group – which organizes the fundraising effort – has already helped the county to install the middle section of the Swan Mountain Recpath, and the upper and lower sections (in Summit Cove and up to Sapphire Point) should be finished this summer, Faucett said.

“It was really a labor of love to complete what Bob Guthrie started,” Faucett said, adding that it wouldn’t have been made possible without the help of the many people involved with the Summit Biking Group.

This year, Faucett said the hope is for 750 cyclists to take part in the ride.

“For the people that are from down in the Front Range, this is really a chance to tour the path up here and see what we have to offer,” Faucett said. “It’s also a great opportunity to help finish the path and enhance it.”

For more information on the race, including course maps, visit circlethesummit.com.

Registration is available at active.com, as well as the ride’s website.

The early registration price of $55 is available for adults until July 1, and the fee will be $65 until Aug. 11. Registering from Aug. 12 up until the ride costs $75.

Children, 12 and under, are $10 with a paying adult.


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