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!
One of the benefits of enjoying your vacation in Keystone is the number of day trip options that are available to you. To help you in your vacation planning, we wanted to give you just a few more ideas that will help you to make the most of your Keystone vacation. You’ll be glad you saw the sights and covered more territory with one of these mini-trips!
Explore the Great Outdoors
Everywhere you look in Summit County, you will see beautiful scenery, which makes hiking a popular choice for outdoor adventure. This is the perfect way to spend a whole day soaking up sunshine and enjoying all that nature has to offer. If you prefer, there are options for biking, which is another excellent way for the family to do some sightseeing.
Try Your Luck at Black Jack
Casino night is an option for a guys or girls night out, or for couples who want to try their luck at the tables. Black Hawk and Central City are just a short, scenic drive away and offer all of your favorites from slots to blackjack and poker. You can also enjoy the Central City opera if you are craving a cultural activity.
Visit the Mile High City
The city of Denver is only an hour and a half away if you wanted to mix in some city activities with your mountain adventure. The Denver Zoo, Museum of Nature and Science and professional sports are good options at any time of year. You may want to check out the restaurants, museums and tours, parks or concerts.
With so many places to explore in and around Keystone, there’s no reason not to visit! Come on up and see what this incredible area of Colorado has to offer.
Mountain View Sports re-opens for the summer on May 27th, and they are ready to show you how to experience Summit County on a bike. Vail Pass Bike Trips are available for anyone from beginners to advanced cyclists. You can choose your own trip based on your ability and fitness level. Reservations are required, and trips will depart at 9am, 11am, and 1pm. Call 970-468-0396 or 800-530-3836 to reserve or get more information, plus rates for bike rentals!
This trip is perfect for families and folks that just want spectacular views and not much peddling. Most participates in this trip will stop at Copper Mountain and take a scenic chairlift ride, play miniature golf, scale the rock climbing wall, ride go-carts, visit shops in the village, have a picnic, or have lunch at a local café. When finished at Copper the rider travels down to Frisco through the incredible Ten Mile Canyon on paved trail. Along this stretch of the trail the rider can stop and sit by one of the many beautiful mountain lakes, lounge by the stream, or visit an old mine. Once in Frisco you can also shop and dine. It is up to you.
12 miles mostly coasting.
Ride time 1 hour 10 minutes on average. Most riders plan on 4 to 6 hours to do other activities along the way.
Shuttle Cost is $29 adults, $16 kids 12 or under. Children 3 or under are eligible for transportation at no charge with a trailer rental. This option includes transportation from Mountain View Sports in Keystone to the top of Vail Pass and return transportation from Frisco to Mountain View Sports in Keystone.
This trip includes all portions from the above bike trip, plus an extra 7 miles of easy/moderate peddling through the Town of Frisco to the Town of Dillon. This trip enables the rider to explore the Historic Town of Frisco and its many shops and eateries. Plus the rider enjoys the beautiful portions of the bike path that meander along the shores of beautiful Lake Dillon.If you bike occasionally this is a great trip.
12 miles mostly coasting plus 7 miles of peddling
Ride time 2 hours 15 minutes on average. Most riders plan on 4 hours to do other activities along the way. More ride time less playtime.
Shuttle Cost – $25 adults,$12 kids 12 or under.
Moderate to Advanced Trip
This trip includes all portions of each of the above trips, plus an extra 6 miles of low grade paved trail climbing from the Town of Dillon along the east shores of lake Dillon, ending with a wooded accent by the Snake River into the Keystone Village and beyond to Mountain View Sports in Keystone. This trip is geared for riders that want a bit of a work out and longer time on the bike. The section of paved trail from Dillon to Keystone is gorgeous. Once riders enter the woods along the Snake River most think the climbs are well worth it.
12 miles mostly coasting plus 13 miles of peddling
Ride time 3 hours 30 minutes on average. Most riders plan on 4 hours to do other activities along the way. More ride time less playtime.