August in Breckenridge has become synonomous with cycling! We have an amazing lineup of cycling events this year, including the Breck Epic, Breck Bike Week, Circle the Summit and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Kicking things off on August 11th, the Breck Epic is a 6-day, high-altitude mountain bike stage race showcasing some of the most demanding and spectacular singletrack in and around Breck. Featuring over 220 miles and almost 40,000′ of total climbing, this multi-day race will bring racers all across the amazing singletrack network in Breck. Along with the epic scenery comes a well-organized event, featuring daily rider meetings, awards, well-stocked aid stations, and some of the best journalists in the cycling industry providing great coverage in the best mags and mountain bike websites.
Breck Bike Week returns each summer and allows visitors to race or partake in a diverse array of non-competitive events. Held Thursday, August 15th, through Sunday, August 18th, this festival includes high-end bike demos, group rides, bike-in movie nights, trail building, lectures, clinics, bike fits and tunes, kids’ races and more. The bonus is that all Breck Bike Week activities are FREE and open to everyone. In addition, this week will showcase the town’s history as well as shopping, dining, lodging, other unique activities and temperate summer weather.
Circle the Summit is a great, small ride that takes place on Saturday, August 17th. Capped at just 750 riders, this non-competitive event will not have you jockeying for position to keep your line on climbs or descents. It will allow you to enjoy our beautiful scenery. Climb Ute Pass and the Gore Range is there in all its majesty; cycling along Ten Mile Creek to Copper or to the top of Vail Pass opens up even more vistas. Bike the Sapphire section of the Swan Mountain Recpath, funded in part through the efforts of Summit Biking, and you’ll be rewarded with an astonishing view of Lake Dillon and the surrounding mountains. Circle the Summit riders rave about our aid stations and our after-ride lunch from the Historic Mint Steakhouse is memorable. Register early to get one of the coveted spots.
For the third year in a row, we are lucky to have the USA Pro Cycling Challenge making a stop here in Breckenridge. This 7-day professional cycling stage race takes the riders and the fans all across the state of Colorado, and we are excited to host the finish of stage 2 and the start of stage 3, on August 20th and 21st, respectively. Along with the energy brought in by the race itself, Breckenridge is taking it to another level with some exciting ancillary events, including daily live viewing on the jumbotron, a free Railroad Earth show, a handcycling race, a kids Strider bike race, a mountain bike race, a festival village with many vendors, a trials mountain bike stunt show, a pond crossing event, and of course a lot of great food and beer!