Biking in Gunnison-Crested Butte 2010_2 by xiaoyounan



Contact:                Beth Buehler
                        Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association
                        (970) 349-1168 or

              Biking is Key to Karma in Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado
                              Summer/Fall 2010 Biking Events Announced

Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado (April 27, 2010) - Since the 1970s, when locals started
retrofitting old Schwinn paperboy bikes with multiple gears, Crested Butte has helped write the history
of mountain biking and is now home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Today, some of the sport’s
most thrilling chapters are still unfolding in the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley, with both classic and
cutting-edge events and backcountry trails straight out of mountain and road biker fantasies.

In fact, the readers of Bike magazine named Crested Butte the Best Destination in an article about the
“33 Best Rides in North America” in 2009. Crested Butte’s Teocalli Ridge received the Best Climb
nod, Deadman’s Gulch landed the Best Tight ‘N Twisty accolade, and the infamous 401 Trail received
an honorable mention for Trail of the Year. This year, Bike described the 401 Trail as having the “best
views in the country.” Riding Crested Butte also was the number one item on Mountain Bike Action’s
“100 Things Every Mountain Biker Needs to Do” list in 2009.

Road biking also gets plenty of attention. One of the state’s biggest summer rides will be passing
through, with Bicycle Tour of Colorado starting in Gunnison on June 20 and ending there on June 26.

2010 Biking Events
April 29, May 13 & 20          Gunnison Growler Mountain Bike Series, Gunnison
May 30                         Original Growler Mountain Bike Race, Gunnison
June 5                         National Trails Day – Trail Work Day on new Budd Trail with Crested Butte
                               Mountain Bike Association & Crested Butte Land Trust
June 20 & 26                   Bicycle Tour of Colorado, Arrival & Departure Dates in Gunnison
June 22 – 27                   30th Annual Fat Tire Bike Week, Crested Butte
June 25 – 27                   10th Annual Wildflower Rush Mountain States Cup Race, Mt. Crested Butte
June 26 – 27                   Bridges of the Butte (24-hour townie tour), Crested Butte
July 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12    PowerAde Pinnacle Summer Race Series, Mt. Crested Butte
Aug. 21 – 22                   8th Annual 24 Hours in the Sage, Gunnison
Sept. 11 – 12                  34th Annual Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour, Crested Butte
Nov. 6                         The Last of Light Classic, Gunnison


                                             202 East Georgia
                                        Gunnison, CO 81230-2433
                                 Phone: 970-641-7992 – Fax: 970-641-7994
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Gunnison Growler Spring Series, Gunnison, April 29, May 13 and 20
The fifth annual Gunnison Growler Mountain Bike Series takes place on select Thursday evenings in
April and May at Hartman Rocks Multi-Use Recreation Area in Gunnison. This classic mountain bike
race/fun ride series is for all ages and abilities with men’s and women’s divisions in three categories:
short course, long course sport and long course expert. There also are races for kids. The races begin
at 5:45 p.m., with registration starting on-site at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per race and little kids race
for free. Proceeds benefit Gunnison Trails. For more information, visit or
call (970) 275-0485.

Original Growler, Gunnison, May 30
The local mountain biking race season officially kicks off on May 30 with the Original Growler at
Gunnison’s Hartman Rocks Multi-Use Recreation Area, organized by racing great Dave Wiens.
Registration is already sold out for both the 64-mile (two laps) and 32-mile (one lap) competitions,
with each lap climbing 4,000 vertical feet. The races start at 7 a.m., with proceeds benefiting
Gunnison Trails. Go to for information.

Bicycle Tour of Colorado, Begins & Ends in Gunnison, June 20 & 26
This 16th annual ride returns to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley for the second year in a row, this
time beginning in Gunnison on June 20 and ending there on June 26. In addition to Gunnison, the
more than 470-mile loop includes Creede, Alamosa, Chama (N.M.), Pagosa Springs and Center. The
tour is limited to 1,500 cyclists, so sign up soon at

30th Annual Fat Tire Bike Week, Crested Butte, June 22 – 27
Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are the proud hosts of the world’s oldest mountain bike festival,
the 30th Annual Crested Butte Fat Tire Bike Week from June 22 – 27. Voted Best Festival in a Bike
magazine reader poll, participants can take part in the Fat Tire 40 mountain bike race, Mountain States
Cup Wildflower Rush races, the infamous Chainless Race, Bridges of the Butte townie tour, Rippin
Chix/Crested Butte Mountain Guides clinics with Alison Gannett and friends, a free concert featuring a
national act, aided rides, and more. For information, contact the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte
Chamber of Commerce at (800) 545-4505 or visit

      10th Annual Wildflower Rush, Mt. Crested Butte, June 26 – 27
       Come discover what real Crested Butte single track is all about at the 10th Annual Wildflower
       Rush, the fourth stop on this year’s Mountain States Cup (MSC) regional mountain bike racing
       series. Held at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Mt. Crested Butte, the event begins with a
       Cross Country race and free Shimano Kids Race on June 26. On June 27, the Crested Butte
       Downhill and Super-D will give racers plenty of challenges. For more information and
       registration, visit

      Bridges of the Butte, Crested Butte, June 26 - 27
       This 24-hour townie bike tour takes riders on many of the bridges in downtown Crested Butte
       and runs from 3 p.m. on June 26 to 3 p.m. on June 27. Enter as an individual and cruise all 24
       hours or enter as a team. There is no limit to team size, and costumes are encouraged but not
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       Registration costs $24 per participant and kids pay their age, with pre-registration preferred.
       This unique event benefits the Adaptive Sports Center, and participants are encouraged to
       collect pledges to help fund programs for people with disabilities. Register online at For information, call (970) 349-5075.

PowerAde Pinnacle Race Series, Mt. Crested Butte, July 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12
This recreational racing series created in 1998 by Crested Butte Mountain Resort is geared toward fun
and competition for beginner to expert riders split up into 12 racing categories. The races consist of
varying lengths and difficulty on Mt. Crested Butte’s network of trails and single-track and take place
on five Thursday evenings in July and August at 5:45 p.m. A free Shimano Youth Series for kids is
offered at the same time. Food, beer and prizes follow every race. For more information call (970)
349-2221 or visit www.skicb as summer nears.

8th Annual 24 Hours in the Sage, Gunnison, August 21 – 22
Gunnison’s Hartman Rocks Multi-Use Recreation Area is the backdrop for a 24-hour relay bike race
where individual entrants and teams ride a 13-mile loop continuously from noon Saturday, Aug. 15 to
noon Sunday, Aug. 16. The person/team in each category with the most laps wins. A 12-hour race
that starts at midnight and finishes at noon also is offered. Additional highlights for the weekend
include live entertainment, the World Townie Championships and more. To register or for more
information, contact (303) 507-1148 or visit

34th Annual Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour, Crested Butte to Aspen, Sept. 11 – 12
This oldest mountain bike event in the world runs from Crested Butte to Aspen via Pearl Pass. In
1976, the first group of 15 or 20 cyclists from the Butte rode one-speed town bikes over the 12,705-
foot Pearl Pass to Aspen in response to a group of Aspenites riding their motorcycles over Pearl Pass
and parking them in downtown Crested Butte. The Crested Butte rowdies pulled up in downtown
Aspen in front of the historic Hotel Jerome. By the early 1980s, the expert ride had grown and become
a weeklong event known as Fat Tire Bike Week. Today, Fat Tire Bike Week is held in June and the
Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour is in September to honor the origins of mountain biking in Crested
Butte. For information, call (970) 349-6817 or visit

The Last of Light Classic, Gunnison, Nov. 6
New to the biking schedule is The Last of Light Classic on the last Saturday before the clocks are
turned back for daylight-saving time. The event will take place at Hartman Rocks Multi-Use
Recreation Area. For more information as details develop, visit or call (970)

Trail Work Days, Reports & More
Pitch in to help local riders with trail work days organized by the Crested Butte Mountain Bike
Association,, and Gunnison Trails,, and maybe they’ll show
you a favorite ride or two. To view trail reports and sign up for email trail report newsletters, visit Get a glimpse of biking in Gunnison-Crested Butte by checking

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Visitor Information & Personalized Vacation Packages
To find out more about Gunnison-Crested Butte’s calendar of events or to book personalized vacation
packages, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association’s official reservations center at (800)
814-8893 or visit During the summer and fall, air access to the
Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport is provided by United Airlines.

About Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado
Gunnison-Crested Butte is nestled among almost two million acres of pristine wilderness in southwest
Colorado. Winter sports enthusiasts know the area for its world-class alpine skiing and snowboarding
at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing.
Gunnison-Crested Butte is also a haven for outdoor summer activities. In the warmer months, visitors
can choose from recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking, boating, whitewater
rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, camping and horseback riding. Year-round visitors enjoy distinctive
restaurants, unique shops and stimulating cultural opportunities, and have a wide range of lodging
options — from rustic inns to guest cabins and bed-and-breakfasts to full-service resort hotels.

Gunnison, county seat and a real western town, is home to the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional
Airport, Gunnison Whitewater Park, Gunnison Valley Observatory, Pioneer Museum and Western
State College, which offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in liberal arts and sciences and pre-
professional fields. Both Crested Butte and Gunnison have thriving historic central business districts
packed with shopping and dining opportunities.

Recognized as the “Official Wildflower Capital of Colorado” by the Colorado Legislature and one of
the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2008, Crested Butte
is 28 miles from Gunnison and the site of rich mining, ranching and skiing heritage and home to the
Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Only three miles up the
road is the resort village of Mt. Crested Butte, home to the ski area, an active base area, the area’s
conference center, and outstanding hiking and biking trails.

In Gunnison County, visitors will find the Curecanti National Recreation Area, where dinosaur fossils
were recently discovered; the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest body of water and home to the
largest Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States; and The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, one of
our country’s newest national parks. Gunnison County includes the quaint and historic towns of
Pitkin, Gothic, Tin Cup, Marble, Powderhorn, Almont and Crystal, plus the better-known communities
of Gunnison, Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. Gunnison County is part of the West Elk Loop and
Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byways.


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