Sports Briefs

Want to ref youth soccer? Here’s your chance

The Durango Youth Soccer Association will host a Grade 9 soccer referee clinic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Eolus Room at the Durango Community Recreation Center.

Prospective referees should bring paper for note taking and something to drink. To register, visit www.coreferees.org and click on the Clinic/Event tab and find the corresponding event on the August calendar.

For more information, contact Barb Bell at 247-1177 or dysa@durangosoccer.com.

You, too, can pedal like a USA Cycling Challenge pro

Before the pros pedal like the pros at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Durangoans can ride like the pros, too: the Pro Challenge Experience.

Making use of the Pro Challenge’s Stage 1 route from Durango to Telluride on Monday, competitive and recreational cyclists alike can challenge themselves with the same terrain the pros will tackle a day earlier, riding either 45 or 72 miles of the Grand Depart on Sunday.

Both routes will start at 7 a.m. downtown with a loop of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s official start. Riders will head through Wildcat Canyon and return to downtown before climbing to Durango Mountain Resort on County Road 250 and Shalona Hill.

Those participating in the 45-mile route can stop and celebrate at a festival hosted by DMR, while the 72-mile riders will return to Durango on U.S. Highway 550 to cross into the official finish festival at Fort Lewis College.

Registration costs $65 and will include a commemorative shirt. Spots are limited and can be reserved at www.prochallenge.com/register. Registered participants also will have the option to raise funds for America’s Road Home – a nonprofit organization focused on ending family homelessness – or Trails 2000, a local nonprofit trail support organization.

For more information, call Nicole Okoneski at 310-854-8189.

Can you roll at 44-mph? Try the Embassy’s roller races

If riders aren’t quite up to pedaling like the pros, they can jump on a roller and ride a more stationary race Friday at the Irish Embassy Pub when the roller races return.

Racing begins at 8 p.m., and proceeds from each rider’s $5 entry fee will benefit the Fort Lewis College cycling team. A $100 Irish Embassy gift card goes to the winner, with $50 for second and $25 for third.

Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda will sign autographs at 7 p.m. The team includes FLC alumnus Tom Danielson, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic men’s road race champion Lachlan Morton, Americans Tyler Farrar, Alex Howes, Peter Stetina, Christian Vendevelde and David Zabriskie and Australian rider Nathan Haas.

Mountain Bike Specialists will host a pro cyclist signing party from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at their Main Ave. shop in downtown Durango.

Rollers are round pieces of metal that riders must balance their bikes on in order to race in a stationary position, and Durango’s history of roller races stretches back to 1990, the year Durango hosted the Mountain Bike World Championships. The current record is nearly 44 mph.

To register, contact Cindy Coleman at 946-7660 or contact@theirishembassypub.com.

Farmington needs bodies for Tri City Flag Football

Tri City Flag Football needs bodies for its eight-on-eight league. There are men’s and women’s teams, and each roster has 20 people.

There is a $500 entry fee.

Games will be played from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington. The league will start Sept. 16.

For more information, contact Jesse Hankins at 505-330-9698 or tcffleague@hotmail.com.

Durango Herald

Four western ski resorts offer The Mountain Collective Pass

DENVER – Four of the top ski destinations in the West are offering a single pass for the upcoming season.

The resorts include Alta in Utah, Aspen/Snowmass in Colorado, Jackson Hole in Wyoming and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in California.

The Mountain Collective Pass will cost $349 and includes two free days at each of the four destinations, plus a 50-percent discount on unlimited lift tickets at each one.

Aspen Skiing Co. vice president Christian Knapp said Tuesday the collective pass is a new concept that will give winter sports enthusiasts a wide range of choices.

Associated Press