UPDATED: August 9, 2017
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 Friday, 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.
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.
View the interactive map and decide if you want a straightaway or curve viewing point.
3. With the locals
As with previous races, the classic, super-steep Moonstone Road climb is a favorite for amateur local riders and race directors. If you’re looking for crazy costumes, plenty of cowbell and a few shenanigans head over to Moonstone to enjoy the race with locals for one heck of a party.
IF YOU GO
Make Breckenridge your basecamp for a weekend of cycling and arts activities. August 11 will also kick off Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA). BIFA is a 10-day festival of extraordinary events in spectacular places and spaces. Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, BIFA is a multi-arts celebration that brings together an eclectic mix of music, dance, film, visual arts and family entertainment. Dozens of scheduled events, indoors and outdoors, ticketed and free, are showcased at venues and sites throughout town.