Agency considers expansion of downhill bike activity
In the age of instant gratification, it’s probably not surprising that coasting downhill on a mountain bike has become a popular pastime in Summit County. As a result, the U.S. Forest Service is preparing to authorize several ten-year special use permits to different individuals and organizations to serve up to a total of 20,000 downhill cyclists during the summer season.
2012 USA Pro Challenge once again draws more than 1 million fans
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Despite the dark shadow cast by Lance Armstrong, cycling remains an extremely popular spectator sport, with this past summer’s edition of the USA Pro Challenge once again drawing more than 1 million viewers, according to race organizers.
Almost incredibly, race organizers this week sent out a press release on the race that didn’t include a single mention of Armstrong, who helped found the race, or the fact that the winners of the first two editions of the race, Levi Leipheimer and Christian Vande Velde are inextricably linked with the Lance Armstrong story.
Instead, the press release focused on the economic benefits of the race, estimating that it generated a $99.6 million economic impact on the state, as visitors flocked to towns along the route, spending money on lodging and in local restaurants.
Fans from outside the state and Coloradans traveling 50 miles or more to take in an event stage contributed $81.5 million on lodging, food, transportation and entertainment. The remaining economic impact comes in the form of team, staff, sponsor and vendor spending, employment created by the event, and the resulting tax effects of the race. Continue reading “Cycling race gives Colorado economy a $99 million boost”→
Artists sought to design distinctive artwork for 12 host cities and a national poster
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Organizers of the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge have invited artists from around the country to create event poster for each of the 12 host cities of this year’s race, along with a national event poster that will be seen throughout the world.
Organizers say the race drew more than 1 million spectators
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The inaugural edition of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge attracted more than 1 million spectators to watch the world’s best cyclists compete in a seven-day, 500-mile race through Colorado. The event resulted in an $85.3 million economic boost for the state, according to an economic impact study released this week.
More than $67 million came in the form of direct spending by traveling spectators. Fans from outside the state and Coloradans traveling 50 miles or more to take in an event stage spent $67.4 million on lodging, food, transportation and entertainment. The remaining economic impact comes in the form of team, staff, sponsor and vendor spending, employment created by the event, and the resulting tax revenue generated by spending related to the race. Continue reading “Cycling race gave Colorado economy an $85 million boost”→
Cycling organization upgrades town’s status from Silver to Gold
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Making Breckenridge bike friendly has been a big priority for the Colorado resort town, and this week, the hard work paid off as the League of American Bicyclists upgraded the town’s bike-friendly status from Silver to Gold.
“The League congratulates Breckenridge and all of our BFC winners for implementing successful, long-term bicycle plans and programs that provide quality of life improvements for their citizens,” said League president Andy Clarke. “Even in tough economic times it is clear that cities are choosing investment in bicycling as a key to building the places people want to live, work and visit.” Continue reading “Breckenridge wins kudos for bike-friendly policies”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — From townie cruisers to body armored downhillers and sleek road-racers, Colorado is a true Mecca for cyclists, and this summer’s lineup of special events underscores the point.
In August, some of the world’s best road racers will be in the state for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, while top mountain bikers will line up to tackle the Leadville 100 and a marathon-length race up Pikes Peak.
And besides all that, the BMX scene is also growing by leaps and bounds, with the opening of a new track in South Park and another under construction in Frisco.
In short, there’s never been a better time to explore Colorado on two wheels. Here is a partial listing of Colorado cycling adventures for every speed:
• August 13 – The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race is among the most challenging mountain bike races in the country, featuring steep climbs and serious descents at elevations in excess of 12,000 feet. Although this year’s mountain bike race is full, thousands will travel to Leadville to watch and cheer on their favorites .