USA Pro-Cycling Challenge 2012 Back Again for Another Exciting Showing in Summit County!

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

683 Miles in 7 Days!

The USA Pro-Cycling Challenge is coming back to Colorado again this year in August for another exciting cycling event that races throughout Colorado and some of the most challenging mountain passes in the country! This Summer the USA Pro Challenge is back! August 20-26th cyclists will take on 683 miles of the Rocky Mountains,  revisiting some familiar cities from last year’s race and also travel to new towns.

Stage 1: Durango to Telluride
Stage 2: Montrose to Crested Butte
Stage 3: Gunnison to Aspen
Stage 4: Aspen to Beaver Creek
Stage 5 : Breckenridge to Colorado Springs
Stage 6: Golden to Boulder
Stage 7: Denver

Stage 5 will be the closest race to Keystone, starting in Breckenridge, heading up over Hoosier Pass and onto Colorado Springs.   A daunting 10 mile climb up Hoosier Pass to 11,500 feet makes for a rude awakening, but if the sprinters and breakaway specialists can make it over that, they have a good chance to go for a stage win.  After the single summit of the day and a fast descent into Fairplay, the high mountains are left behind.  Descending into Woodland Park, the racers may hit their fastest speeds of the week at the downhill Sprint Line, then continue downhill to Colorado Springs through the shadow of Pikes Peak. A technical uphill run through Garden of the Gods Park lets the cyclists revisit the roads of last year’s prologue before finishing with high-speed circuits through downtown Colorado Springs.

August 24, 2012

  • Start your weekend and watch the start of Stage 5 in Breckenridge, one of 2011’s most fun finish cities.
  • Watch the climb up Hoosier Pass and look for early breakaways as well as King of the Mountain jersey contenders at the summit.

If you are looking for an exciting weekend in the mountains, you may want to consider coming up to Summit County for this event. It is very exciting to watch the race and experience the awesome energy firsthand and cheer the racers on! Feeling inspired by all of the cycling? All SummitCove guests receive a free bike rental from Mountain View Sports. We recommend their ‘Ride Vail Pass‘ trips, one of the most beautiful rides around and it’s all downhill! Book a property at Mountain House or Lakeside Village and hop on the paved bike path right outside your door!

Weekend Wrapup: Triple Bypass Race, Wine and Jazz Festival, and the Breckenridge Beer Festival!

Triple-bypass bike race in Keystone CO

We are wrapping up another big weekend here in Summit County! In case you missed the festivities here are some of the details! The Double Triple Bypass Bike Race has been riding in front of our office for the last 2 days. Hundreds of cyclists took part in this year’s event which as always has seen the ride start in Evergreen, go up and over Squaw pass, down to Idaho Springs, up the frontage road through Georgetown to Bakerville, over Loveland pass, right in front of our office and continue up over Vail pass to finish the ride in Eagle County. This year for the second time, some participants went both ways conquering the Double Triple Bypass in which on Saturday they went up the original route, and Sunday they rode it backwards from Vail to finish in Evergreen.

Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival 2012

The Keystone Wine and Jazz festival wrapped up this weekend as well. Dozens of Jazz musicians participated in the festival, and hundreds of brands and styles of wine were tasted, critiqued, and enjoyed in River Run Village. The rain came hard on Saturday, but it did not dissuade anyone from having a bad time! The festival is still going on today until 5pm, so if you are in Keystone, be sure to stop by the village for a glass of wine and catch a free jazz concert! This weekend also featured the Breckenridge Beer Festival on Saturday the 14th as Musketeer Gripweed performed to a huge crowd of event goers to experience one of the biggest beer festivals in the state.

Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in another great beer festival this summer, as the Bluegrass and Beer Festival returns to Keystone’s River Run August 4th and 5th with great bands, fun and of course Beer! This is the most popular Keystone Festival and it’s sure to sell out. The weekend features music from some great bands including Head for the Hills, Oakhurst, and The Farewell Drifters, just to name a few, along with over 30 breweries from Colorado and beyond.

If you aren’t into the whole beer and music thing, and cycling is more your style, there is still time to register for the Copper Triangle, another Great Alpine classic ride. Ride from Copper mountain over Fremont Pass into Leadville, over Tennessee Pass to Minturn, and back over Vail pass to end the race at Copper Mountain. This is also your opportunity to ride with SummitCove.com staff member Wren Arbuthnot, as he will be participating in the race this year!

If you weren’t able to make it to Summit County this weekend, or just can’t wait to come back for more, there are still some great festivals scheduled this summer in Keystone, including the Bluegrass and Beer Festival, A Taste of Keystone, and multiple free River Run Rocks! concerts.   Keystone is the perfect weekend escape to beat the hot summer heat in Denver!