UPDATED: March 30, 2017

This August, the inaugural Colorado Classic brings professional road cycling back to Breckenridge. We’ve thrown a few bike parties, and when the circuit race rolls through Breckenridge on Aug. 11, 2017, we know you’ll be asking, “Where can I watch the race?” Here, we break down five great places to catch the action. Stay tuned for updates and tips as we get more details on the exact course and town parties.

In the days leading up to the race, the Riverwalk Center lawn transforms from quiet picnic spot to the center of the party. / Photo by Jessie Unruh

In the days leading up to the race, the Riverwalk Center lawn transforms from quiet picnic spot to the center of the party. / Photo by Jessie Unruh

1. In the center of it all

Breckenridge’s Blue River Plaza (and the adjoining Riverwalk Center) serves as the town’s central gathering place, and that especially rings true during major events such as the Colorado Classic. Arrive early to secure your spot along the race route near the finish line. VIP options are typically available for those that want choice viewing without staying glued to one spot all day.

Another great option is to settle in on the Riverwalk Center lawn – don’t be surprised to find a big screen with race highlights.

2. Max rider time

Since the course will be a circuit – multiple laps on a shorter course – for both the men’s and the women’s races, spectators can easily set up shop in town or at key turns to watch racers pass by several times. Check back later in the summer for more info on race route bar parties and critical turns.

3. With the locals

While we don’t know the exact route of the Colorado Classic just yet, we have seen a few road races in Breckenridge – and we know that the classic, super-steep Moonstone Road climb is a favorite for amateur local riders and race directors.  If this is part of the 2017 race route, it’s where your find locals, shenanigans and one heck of a party.

BONUS OPTIONS

Once the race route is announced, we’ll post more options – like the best places to ride and spectate with a picnic lunch, or the less-popular spots where you’ll likely have views to yourself.

IF YOU GO

Part of a four-day stage race with stops in Colorado Springs and Denver, the Colorado Classic rolls through Breckenridge on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Expect bikes, beers, bands and plenty of creativity – the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts kicks off that same day. Make Breckenridge your basecamp for a weekend of cycling and arts activities.

For Breckenridge-specific information as it becomes available, visit BreckProCycling.com. And, check out ColoradoClassic.com for race details across all stages.

Professional road cycling has a long history in Breckenridge. / Photo by Byron Swezy, CBST Adventures

Professional road cycling has a long history in Breckenridge. / Photo by Byron Swezy, CBST Adventures

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