Photo: Crested Butte Mountain Resort/Robb Pennie
Tour de France Winners and World Champions Set to Compete in America’s Toughest Cycling Race; Stage 2 (August 21) finishes Mt. Crested Butte, sprint in Crested Butte
Marking one of the best fields ever assembled on American soil for a professional cycling race, the provisional team rosters* for the 2012 USA Pro Challenge have been confirmed. Taking place August 20-26, the race will travel through 12 host cities, taking riders and fans on a scenic tour through the Colorado Rockies. Emphasizing the competitive level of the field, the race will include six of the top 13 finishers from this year’s Tour de France:
- Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) of Liquigas-Cannondale
- Tejay Van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing
- Cadel Evans (AUS) of BMC Racing Team
- Janez Brajkovic (SLO) from Astana Pro Team
- and RadioShack-Nissan-Trek riders Andreas Kloden (GER) and Chris Horner (USA)
Plus, last year’s winner Levi Leipheimer of Omega Pharma-QuickStep (BEL) returning to defend hos title albeit with a different team!
Fall is a great time to visit Crested Butte, colors are changing, there’s a lot on, and we have availability! Check out these events for all tastes:
West Elk Bicycle Classic, Sept. 2, Gunnison/Montrose/Delta Counties
Western State Colorado University’s cycling team is sponsoring a new bicycle gran fondo, the West Elk Bicycle Classic, on Sept. 2 with two length options: The 130-mile ride climbs nearly 10,000 feet and starts in Gunnison at 7 a.m., then to the Blue Mesa Dam, Crawford, Paonia and Kebler Pass before finishing in downtown Crested Butte with cheering, music, finish line and a meal at Donita’s Cantina. The 100-mile version starts three miles past the dam at 7:30 a.m. Visit www.western.edu/westelkbicycleclassic for details and registration, which costs $75 if submitted by Aug. 23, and $100 after that.
A nice gentle 8-mile ride (4 miles each way) from Crested Butte starting at the end of Butte Avenue. From Elk Ave going west, turn right on First Street, then left on Butte Avenue and keep going. It’s a hard-packed dirt road that passes Peanut Lake before ending and becoming a wide-track hiking and biking trail. There a few shallow climbs there and back but the ride is very achievable for non-cyclists and younger children. The trail ends at a bend in the Slate River where you can dip you toes – or even you whole body- in the water. From here you can ride on to the more challenging Upper Lower Loop, the Gunsight Pass climb, or even loop back to Crested Butte on Slate River Road.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has put together a list of epic, yet authentically “Crested Butte” activities at the resort and in the surrounding area to give guests the ultimate Rocky Mountain summer vacation.
Last summer, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) added a Zipline Tour to its on-mountain amenities. The guided tour includes five ziplines, and a series of suspension bridges. The Crested Butte Zipline Tour is available during the summer, fall and winter seasons. The Crested Butte Zipline Tour has been a resounding hit with resort guests, local residents and employees. Scream out loud, hoot like a monkey and do a “superman dive”, zipping through the tree tops on this 2 hour excursion.
Onthesnow.com discovers the chic Dogwood Cabin in Crested Butte: “Two terms not often found in the same sentence: Fancy and Crested Butte. The isolated Colorado resort is more known for its laid-back appeal and incredibly difficult terrain. Somehow the three-year-old Dogwood Cocktail Cabin successfully mixes the finer things in life with the rustic nature of the central Rockies resort. (more…)
A wet Pacific storm delivered widespread snow across the entire state of Colorado, with many ski areas reporting more than a foot of snow, including 17 inches at Crested Butte, 16 inches at Telluride and six to 10 inches at the resorts along the I-70 corridor.
Crested Butte’s Snow Betty report this morning: “Hit the fluffy white slopes this morning because we’ve gotten 4 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours! In the last two days, we’ve received 19 inches of snow and this entire weather event in the last week has dropped 37 inches of snow on the mountain. Our “deependable” base is 44″ at the top, 33″ at midway and is waiting for you to practice some powder turns! Our open terrain includes 78 trails on 553 acres, including 75 groomed trails and the Groomer’s Choice for Today, Upper Keystone- one of my favorite runs, by the way! New terrain opening up for the day includes Double Top Glades, Peonia, Silvanite and Topsy. Forecasters are calling for a 60% chance of snow tomorrow, and with our recent snow event, we’re feeling confident the pow will continue to rise.”