You really can’t beat Golden for events during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. There is so much to do it could make your head spin as fast as Andy Schleck. There is something for everyone, from the casual fan to the hard-core racer. The celebration starts the weekend prior to the race, on Saturday August 20th. Pedal Pushers bike shop is hosting the Golden Bike Swap. This is a free event and great opportunity for cyclists to get a great deal on “pre loved” gear and sell their old bikes, parts and clothing.
The following Friday, race weekend kicks off with a showing of the cult-classic cycling film, American Flyers, based on the race that started it all in the US, the Coors Classic. How can you not be entertained by Kevin Costner, Rae Dawn Chong, the 80’s styles, the racing and the familiar scenery, which includes downtown Golden. In recognition of American Flyers’ 25th anniversary, special guest speakers will kick off the evening.
What to do with the kids? On Saturday morning the 27th there will be a Kid’s Bike Rodeo hosted by the fine folks at Bicycle Colorado. There will be helmet fitting, safety instruction, and fun courses. It will be held in the Coors Tek Parking lot right across the street from the Sustainability, Health and Wellness Expo. The Expo, which will take place all day Saturday and Sunday, will feature cool renewable energy demos, tons of vendors, food, beer and yep, activities for the kids.
For those who are looking for a challenge on the bike, try the King of Lookout Mountain Citizen’s Hill Climb on Saturday August 27th. This is an individual hill climb time trial, for ages 12 and up with several categories ranging in abilities from beginner to pro. The iconic Lookout Mountain will be the final climb of the USA Pro Cycling challenge, and you can test your time against the likes of Cadel Evans, the Schleck Brothers and Tom Danielson (who currently holds the record for Lookout Mountain at 16:02) who will climb it the next day. An awards ceremony will be held at the Expo at Parfet Park following the race.
What would an event like this be without a big party? Luckily we won’t have to find out. On Saturday night Taste of Golden Block Party will take over 2 blocks of Washington Avenue. There will be great food from local restaurants, beer from the local brewery, family friendly entertainment and music from one of Colorado’s favorite performers, Hazel Miller.
Tired yet? Reserve some energy for race day! For those who prefer a less strenuous and more fun oriented cycling event how about the Cruiser Paradium? Get out the old (or new) cruiser, throw on a crazy costume and go ride around with some fellow goofballs in front of thousands in a judged event. The prizes are spectacular and include custom trophies and a his/her vintage cruiser bike set. Even if you don’t think you are quirky enough to take part in such merriment, be there to watch it, will be extremely entertaining.
We here in Golden humbly feel that not only are we the best stage to view the race with 3 opportunities to see the cyclists downtown and on Lookout Mountain, but that we are also the best place to celebrate this historic occasion with enough events to capture anyone’s interest. Really, where else would you want to be?