USA Pro Challange - Crested Butte Events
Being one of the founding places for mountain biking, Crested Buttians use bicycles as their main mode of transportation. The town is also always ready for a parade, party or reason to dress in costume and if they get to ride their bike while doing it? Even better! This has led to numerous ancillary activities during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge that you won’t find at every host city.
Monday Night Sprint Line Block Party
Elk Avenue, between 2nd & 3rd Crested Butte, CO
New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat comes to CB for the Crested Butte Last Sprint Block Party in the historic downtown of Crested Butte. This block party is the kick off for the USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 race through Crested Butte and up to Mt. Crested Butte which takes place the following day on Tuesday, August 21. Elk Avenue, between 2nd and 3rd will be closed for the celebration at 6 p.m. on Monday evening, so bring your townie and costume to this fun-packed evening! New Belgium and Avery Breweries will be on hand for refreshments. Live music from Coral Creek Band and local DJs from KBUT Community Radio will be there for entertainment. Music, food and fun games for all ages.
Vendors, kids area, jumbotrons, and music. Musical talent will include a variety of local favorites, from musicians to aerial dancers. The finish festival stage will be used to host entertainment throughout the entire race day, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21 in Mt. Crested Butte.
“Townies” are the bikes used for your everyday transportation through town, also known as “cruiser bikes”. The organizing committee has set up a Townie Criterium in downtown Crested Butte that takes racers on a loop through town and includes a pass through in one of the local bars, “The Talk of the Town”. Dress in your favorite tutu, wig or crazy costume and join the fun. Registration at 9.00am, race at 11.00am.
Kids Strider Cup Race
The Kids Strider Cup Race gets the wee ones out there for some fun too. This race takes place in Mt. Crested Butte in the festival area on the dirt and will include small features for the kids to go through, up, over and around for some great entertainment. These pedal-less bikes are teaching the youngsters great balance for many years of biking, but come see some of the amazing talent these 2-4 year olds have.
The Gunnison County Public Works Department will be running shuttles up Cottonwood Pass for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. There will be 4 mini bus shuttles running beginning at 7:00am. Each mini bus holds 14 passengers and will load at the parking area near Taylor Park Trading Post (shuttle stop will be signed). There may be more shuttles added if demand dictates. Please contact Gunnison County Public Works at 970-641-0044, firstname.lastname@example.org or come to 195 Basin Park Drive to make reservations. The fee per seat is $10.00. These fees will be donated back to the Gunnison School District Athletics Program for coaching staff and travel costs. Reservations must be made prior to August 20, 2012. The shuttle drivers will not take payment or allow anyone on the shuttle that has not made a reservation and does not have a ticket.
Chase The Race
Crested Butte Mountain Guides are putting together a ride from Crested Butte to Aspen. It includes a shuttle service for personal gear to Aspen, the guide, and vehicle support to Cumberland Basin. The ride will depart downtown Crested Butte at 6am on August 22nd. It is a 38 mile one-way ride with a mix of pavement, dirt, and double track road.
Where to Watch
There are two main/great viewing areas for stage two:
The finish in Mt. Crested Butte is the big one. Last year the race was so close with a final break away sprint from Levi, who took the win and began is ride to winning the entire tour. There will be a finish area festival, filled with vendors booths, visitor information, music and entertainment, a beer garden, big screen to watch the tour, and VIP area. VIP tickets can be purchased here.
The second main viewing area is downtown to watch the sprint line (where racers can capture points toward the sprint jersey) which is located right out in front of the Brick Oven/Maxwells.
Race Day Parking
Parking at the Community School and taking the bus or walking to your viewing spot is highly recommended. Shuttle buses will be continually running on a loop between the towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte.