Crested Butte August Trails Report and The USA Pro Cycling Challenge

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Crested Butte August Trails Report and The USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is just around the corner. If you haven’t made plans yet now is the time. Visit USAPCCinfo.com to get all the details on Mt. Crested Butte’s mountaintop finish at the end of Stage 2, or Gunnison’s stage 3 (the Queen stage) as riders pedal over the 12,126-foot summit of Cottonwood Pass. What can we say? Two stages and one great location!

Gunnison-Crested Butte is adding a new event to this year’s September Splendor lineup: the West Elk Bicycle Classic, a gran fondo. What is a gran fondo? With origins in Italy, it literally means a “big ride.” This timed tour starts at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison and will take riders west to Blue Mesa, along the Black Canyon, through Paonia, over Kebler Pass and into Crested Butte. Visit www.western.edu/westelkbicycleclassic for all the details.

Road riding not your thing? Visit Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Evolution Bike Park. New trails and features have been added in 2012, bumping up the count to more than 25 miles and 16 trails from beginner to expert levels. The bike park is perfect for families wanting to ride together, intermediate riders wanting to improve skills in a lesson or expert downhill mountain bikers looking for fast speeds and big air.

Summer isn’t over in the high-country and Gunnison-Crested Butte still has fantastic events lined up from the 10th annual 24-Hours in the Sage at Gunnison’s Hartman Rocks Recreation Area to the 36th annual Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour from Crested Butte to Aspen. Also, check out all the non-biking events for September Splendor in the Rockies.

Biking is a way of life here, whether it’s on skinny tires, fat tires or a bike with one gear. Since the 1970s, when locals started retrofitting old Schwinn paperboy bikes with multiple gears, Crested Butte has helped write the history of mountain biking and is now home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. View a complete calendar of biking events here.

2012 Biking Events
Aug. 18 – 19 10th Annual 24 Hours in the Sage (Bike Race), Hartman Rocks, Gunnison
Aug. 21 Stage 2 Finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Montrose to Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte
Aug. 22 Stage 3 Start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Gunnison to Aspen
Sept. 2 West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison/Montrose/Delta Counties
Sept. 8 – 9 36th Annual Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour, Crested Butte to Aspen
Sept. 15 Alpine Odyssey 100 (Leadville 100 Qualifier for 2013), Crested Butte
Sept. 29 Big Saturday – Pummeler’s Butt Trail Runs & Growler Series Mountain Bike Finals, Hartman Rocks, Gunnison
   VALUE VACATIONS
Summer Scenic Ride SpecialStay at any CBMR Property and receive a free scenic lift ride for each person on the reservation. Ride the chairlift and have a picnic lunch with an amazing view.

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WestWall Lodge Summer Specials…save up to 15%!The WestWall Lodge is one of Gunnison-Crested Butte’s finest accommodation and now you can save up to 15% and still enjoy all of the amenities too numerous to list!

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge Lodging Deal: 1 FREE NightStay at Three Rivers Resort in Almont and have a premium spectator spot as you watch the world’s best cyclists fly right by the resort during Stages 2 and 3 of this high-profile world class race!

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Car Free, Carbon Free, and Carefree at The RubyArrive at The Ruby of Crested Butte, put your car to rest and spend your days living Crested Butte style, where everything from The Ruby is a short walk or even shorter bike ride away.

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USA Pro Cycling: 1-2 night DiscountsWatch the USA Pro Challenge and stay with us for 1-2 nights in a standard or deluxe mountain chalet (off river) and receive a 15-20% discount on lodging, starting at $100 for up to 4 people.

More information…Pedal & Pamper PackageThis package is designed for our guests who love to bicycle. Stay at The Ruby and enjoy a gourmet breakfast, your adventure on our town bikes and come back to a massage, wine, fruits and cheeses.

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   EVENTS    GETTING HERE
Visit our event calendar to learn about upcoming events. Featuring the USA Pro Challenge.

Gunnison-Crested Butte is located in the heart of Southwestern Colorado, a scenic 4 hour drive Denver. Year-round, nonstop jet service is available from Denver on United Airlines and in winter nonstop from Houston on United and from Dallas/Ft. Worth on American. Convenient door-to-door shuttle service is available as well as several major rental car agencies located in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC).

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