West Elk Bicycle Classic

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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 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 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 altitude.

Dave Wiens Kebler Pass

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. Groups of varying abilities may stop and arrange a ride home from the beautiful aid station in Paonia while others continue on.

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 great food and Honey Stinger goodies. Many SAG vehicles with water, some food, and tools/tubes/tires if you need a little help on your way to Crested Butte. The course contains remote dirt mountain roads at high altitudes.

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. This crew wi

Black Canyon

ll also have PowerIce frozen electrolyte replacement.

What do you get? Primal full zip West Elk cycling jersey for bragging rights, Save Our Soles wool socks, custom pint glass with Two Rascals beer, lo

cal food from Donita's Cantina, Third Bowl ice cream, prizes for top finishers and raffle. 

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.