We are excited to announce that registration for the August 31st Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic starts February 15th!
We are even more excited that Stage 2 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge will come to Crested Butte over Kebler pass on our route! Test yourself on the same course that the best pro riders had just ridden over. Also the three mile downhill dirt section coming into Crested Butte will also likely be paved making your descent very fast and fun.
Come for the ride of your life with mountain bike legend Dave Wiens. Leave wondering how you can wait another year to try it again. Dave has a great legacy in the racing world. But more importantly, to us, is his integrity and selfless attitude. He spends countless hours making riding a bicycle in Gunnison and in Colorado safer and more enjoyable. Thanks Dave!
The Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic, is a fundraiser for the Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports. The Mountain sports team encompasses all the great mountain sports available at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison CO such as Cycling, Free-ride Skiing, Skier-cross, Boarder-cross and Nordic Skiing.
The Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic is a 134mi timed tour from Gunnison to Crested Butte CO with 9300' of climbing every Sunday of Labor day weekend. Highlights include the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and the monster climb of Kebler pass at 100mi of riding. Kebler, while dirt, is perfectly rideable on a road bicycle. Be prepared. The sun can be very warm if it is sunny at high altitudes. It can rain and bring temperatures down quickly. If it rains very hard it may become slick with magnesium chloride mud. Your bike will get dirty. You are in a very remote setting with no cel phone coverage at high altitudes
You then will
coast neutrally down to Crested Butte for the official finish and party
(Donita's Cantina lunch, local Montrose brewery Two Rascals beer in your West Elk pint glass finishers prize, Third Bowl ice cream and
raffle). Check out some pictures and the course here! The course has no left turns or stop lights and only two stop signs!
This is not a race. It is a timed tour. You will have the fun of riding a tour but at the end you can compare how fast you did it with your friends, very fast riders (if your friends aren't very fast) and the USA Pro Challenge riders from the week before. Only riders that have determination and have ridden extensively should register. One option for groups of varying abilities is to just stop (and arrange a ride home) in the beautiful aid station in Paonia while others continue on.
This is an experience you won't want to miss and you will want more.
The mass start leaves August 31st at 7:00am from Taylor Hall on the Western State Colorado University Campus (Course for location). There will be a police escort to the edge of town and a neutral support car for the lead pack. We have six aid stations with energy products and other goodies and several SAG
vehicles (SAGs have water, some food, and tools/tubes/tires) to ensure that you are well fed, hydrated and make the ride
enjoyable if you need a little help on your way to Crested Butte. The course contains remote dirt mountain roads at high
altitudes. It may rain or become very cold quickly. It also may be very warm with the high altitude sun. Be PREPARED. You
should be prepared to survive if you get stuck in the rain and we can not
get to you quickly.
We will have Event Medical Solutions Unlimited teaming with an ambulance crew on hand if needed. You are in a remote setting so your safety is a high priority.
With registration you will receive a great Primal full zip Dave Wiens West Elk cycling jersey for
bragging rights, Save Our Soles Wool socks. We will also have a great raffle and prizes for top
The Jersey is full zip race cut. The following size guides will give you a snug/tighter fit.
If your significant other and family doesn’t ride or wants to stay the whole weekend, they can stay in one
location in Gunnison or Crested Butte and shop, attend the Peoples Fair in Crested Butte, fish, raft, mountain
bike, swim in our pool, rock climb, play on the largest playground slide
on the west slope of Colorado or go on the zip line on Crested Butte
mountain (The list goes on and on).
Are you tough enough to do this?
Rules of the road
Please be safe and remember that safety is in your own hands and ride by these rules:
This is not a race but a timed tour. Ride within your means. If you haven't ridden in a large group before don't.
Wear a helmet at all times – NO EXCEPTIONS
Carry ID and relevant medical information
Rules of the road apply; same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle
Ride single file where necessary, maximum of two abreast when conditions allow, do not impede traffic. Ride as far right as reasonable
Obey all traffic lights, signs, and regulations.
Pass on the left only, announce “passing” or “hello” or “on your left”
Use hand signals to indicate road hazards, stopping, slowing, right, and left turns
Prepare properly: nutrition, hydration, training, and for sudden changes in weather conditions
Respect others: riders, volunteers, host communities, motorists, pedestrians, law enforcement, and the environment.
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