Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces Summer Events to Sharpens Bikers’ Competitive Edge
Winter Park-Fraser Valley, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber invites bike riders to gear up for the area’s summer bike events and races. The Winter Park area is nicknamed “Mountain Bike Capital USA,” and recently a new website (MTBcapitalUSA.com) and branding campaign were launched to laud the moniker. The campaign encourages visitors to “Put Some Mountains in Your Mountain Biking” by visiting Winter Park.
Winter Park’s races and festivals are just one way to enjoy Mountain Bike Capital USA’s 600-plus miles of trails. The region also boasts two downhill bike parks: Bike Granby Ranch and Trestle Bike Park, the fastest-growing bike park in North America. The parks offer lift-serviced downhill and cross-country trails for experts and beginners alike, equipment rentals, as well as coaching and private lessons.
Here’s a look at the events that are in store this summer. For special summer lodging packages check out Winter Park’s Summer Lodging Deals webpage.
Ride the Rockies – June 8
Winter Park is proud to be part of the first stage of the Denver Post’s 29th Annual Ride the Rockies cycling tour. A non-competitive event, participants ride from Boulder and back to Golden, testing their endurance while creating unforgettable memories over the span of six days, 473 miles and 28,265 vertical feet. Winter Park spectators can welcome riders as they roll in from the 89-mile leg from Boulder on June 8. The festivities include a restaurant sampling for a “Taste of Winter Park” and a free concert in Hideaway Park featuring The Samples. For more information on the route, stops and sponsors visit www.ridetherockies.com.
Gears & Beers Enduro Race Series – June 14, July 26, August 16 & September 13
This new event at Bike Granby Ranch features a three-stage series. Each stage will be timed, and the shortest time for all three stages wins the day. Stage #1 is an uphill climb followed by downhill trail. Stage #2 is a short cross-country race with maximum distance of approximately 10 miles. Stage #3 is a downhill race via lift access. All racers are required to have a smart phone loaded with the Strava Cycling App. Registration includes one lift ticket plus a burger and one beer. Registration is $39 per race or $149 for all four races. Call (888) 850-4615 to register.
2014 Epic Singletrack Series – June 14 – Aug. 23
2014 marks the 22nd year of epic cross-country racing hosted by the Winter Park Competition Center. The largest cross-country race series in Colorado, the Epic Singletrack Series includes over 600 miles of singletrack in the Winter Park and Fraser Valley. Six different race categories challenge riders of all levels each Saturday June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9 and Aug. 23. More details available at www.epicsingletrack.com.
Trestle Gravity Series 2014 – July 5 – Sept. 1
Amateurs and professionals do some serious cycling in the Trestle Gravity Series, featuring six races in three weekends: July 5-6; July 20; Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1. July 20 will be a sanctioned USA Cycling race and the USAC State Championship race. Male and female racers ages 14 and up can enter one, two or all three of the events and compete for prize money, as well as end-of-season awards.
Rock n’ Ride – July 12-13
A brand new event to Winter Park is the Mountain Bike Capital weekend’s Rock n’ Ride to entice riders to “put some mountains into their mountain biking.” Saturday includes a variety of cross-country tours for all riding abilities, and the Epic Singletrack Race #3. After the event there’s a free concert at Hideaway Park featuring Leftover Salmon. Sunday will include specials at both of the area’s bike parks for those interested in experiencing the thrill downhillers seek. Registration starts on May 14 on the Mountain Bike Capital USA website.
Women, Wheels & Wine – July 19
Improve form and timing with tips and tricks from Granby Ranch’s bike experts, then test your new skills with two hours of open ride time. Dust off après-bike with a complimentary wine tasting and appetizers, slopeside at Granby Ranch Grill. Registration is $160 per person (with gear) and $90 per person (without gear). Register by calling (888) 850-4615.
Colorado Freeride Festival – July 24-27
The best mountain bikers in the world return to Winter Park Resort and Trestle Bike Park to compete for over $45,000 in prize money. Spectators can watch the champs battle it out in slopestyle, Enduro World Series racing, air downhill, cross- country and pond crossing events. Free family activities – including raffles, giveaways and the Kids Bike Parade through The Village – and product demos provide entertainment throughout the weekend. For more information or to register for the event go to http://coloradofreeridefestival.com.
2nd Annual Epic 50 – Sept. 6
The Winter Park Competition Center will host the 2nd annual Epic 50 endurance race. Novices, experts and pros ride solo or in relay pairs on a 25-mile loop consisting of classic Fraser Valley singletrack and county connecting roads. Entry is limited to 400 riders. More information at www.epicsingletrack.com/epic50.
Winter Park invites racers to ride for the day and stay for the weekend. Guests can score summer deals and group rates at www.winterparkresort.com or by calling 866- 239-3989.
The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.