Don’t worry, we are still in the full throws of winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do a little forward planning on the summer front.
If you happen to be an avid biker, or perhaps have just toyed with the idea of giving it a go, Winter Park is a really good place to set up camp for a summer vacation. Touted as the ‘Mountain Bike Capital of USA’, Winter Park has over 600 miles of mountain bike trails for every level of rider.
With 2 nationally acclaimed downhill biking resorts (Winter Park Resort & Granby Ranch), the area always enjoys a full calendar of mountain bike events, and this year is no exception. Watch the best in the world compete in the Colorado Freeride Festival, test your skills throughout the summer in the Epic 50 Singletrack, or get your littl’uns on the right path during the Family Bike Fest.
Road biking is also going to be making a major appearance in the event calendar, with Winter Park hosting a stage stop in the Denver Post Ride The Rockies tour.
June 7th – 13th (Winter Park June 8th)
This annual bicycle tour leads 2,000 cyclists on a 6 day, non-competitive trip along the paved roads of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Covering a total distance of 473 miles, and averaging about 65 miles per day, the tour is split into 6 different stages with stopovers at welcoming mountain towns for food, lodging and perhaps well deserved massage.
Winter Park is very proud to be hosting the first stage stopover of the tour (June 8th), and looks forward to welcoming the riders into our famously friendly town after their grueling 89 mile ride from Boulder, up Berthoud Pass, to Winter Park. To see the mass of 2000 bicyclists riding their way into town is a rare spectacle, and one well worth watching if you are in the area.
The riders will depart Winter Park on June 9th, to ride another 94 miles, and up and over Rabbit Ears Pass, to reach their next stop at Steamboat Springs.
July 24th – 27th, 2014. Trestle Bike Park
The Colorado Freeride Festival returns to Winter Park, Colorado for the largest freeride event in the United States. The best of the best will battle it out in Slopestyle, Enduro, Air Downhill, Cross Country, and…wait for it…Pond Crossing, to win their share of the $45,000 prize pocket.
The event is free to spectators and a rare chance for fans to get close up and personal with their idols during scheduled meet & greet sessions, and try out the latest product demos from major bike manufacturers from all over the world. largest freeride festival in the United States runs July 24-27 and will feature the best mountain bikers in the world battling it out for over $45,000 in prize money.
July 24th – 27th, 2014. Winter Park Resort Village
Winter Park Resort wants to encourage people of all ages to get involved in mountain biking, and have set up this fun and family friendly event to coincide with the Colorado Bike Festival.
Head to the Village at Winter Park to find bike decorating tents, face painting, raffles and giveaways, and the Sombrio Pump Track Jam.
June 14th – August 23rd (6 race series)
This series of 6 singletrack races will test participants riding skills on a variety of trails and technical challenges in Winter Park. The race courses are subject to change, but here’s what they have planned so far:
Saturday, June 14th, 2014 Excel Roofing Hill Climb Winter Park Resort Trails
Saturday, June 28th, 2014 XC Super Loop Winter Park Trail System
Saturday, July 12th, 2014 Race Rendezvous Rendezvous Trail System
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 Epic X-C (Co Freeride Fest) Winter Park Trail System
Saturday, August 9th, 2014 Epic X-C (point to point) Winter Park/Fraser Trail System
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 Excel Roofing King of the Rockies Tipperary/Fraser/Winter Park
Chris March 6th, 2014