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.
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.
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.