ZG was informed by an astute observer that Barry Bonds was in town this week for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, seen shaking hands with cyclists before Thursday’s race. The former San Francisco Giants baseball player reportedly rode in a pace car along the route towards Telluride, as well as in a car during stage 2 from Montrose to Crested Butte.
The Denver Post sports blog reports that Bonds, a frequent visitor to Aspen, was here earlier this summer cycling up on the pass. For those who have forgotten, Bonds was a key figure in the steroids scandal that rocked the MLB. The other major sport in recent memory to experience doping is cycling, with major developments unfolding this week in the Lance Armstrong case.
The annual AREDAY Summit wrapped last weekend, and ZG is curious if the attendees practice what they preach. The opening event was co-sponsored by the Aspen Business Luncheon and was held at the District Theatre with speakers Thomas Friedman and Armory Lovins. As the packed house munched on their lunch goodies, ZG couldn’t help but notice that all of the trash was tossed into big plastic bags, at least the stuff that didn’t end up on the floor inside the theater (where no food is allowed). It did not appear that there was any recycling or composting going on — just like the good old throw-away days of the 1980s when everything got tossed.