105 MILES OF PAVEMENT
+ 29 MILES OF DIRT
36 MILES OF PAVEMENT
+ 16 MILES OF DIRT
34 / 46 mi
OF THE ABSOLUTE
BEST RIDE ANYWHERE!
Optional Fundraising with Tiered Incentives.
We feel that no opportunity should be wasted. You should never look back and wish you could have done more. We think about the future. Our children. This is why we ride the “Westy” or West Elk Bicycle Classic…to help others while challenging ourselves on the bike.
Western has taken many a young mind and helped it go on to many great outcomes. We hope by coming to Gunnison you will see that it is a great community, high-achieving school and amazing place to recreate in the great outdoors!
We have supported Sharon’s Kids in the past and will again this year. Sharon is a wonderful woman that takes underprivileged kids on trips, camps and other great activities in the Paonia area. Our past donations helped Sharon arrange for them to attend computer camp at Western amongst other opportunities.
The West Elk Bicycle Classic covers country that should be felt up close, like on a bicycle. There are several options for most any rider:
It was a pleasure to work with Jarral Ryter, co-founder and current director, while helping to bring back the West Elk Bicycle Classic to the many who missed riding it, or wanted a chance to ride it for the first time. Speaking of which, Jarral Ryter has yet to ride in one of the six West Elks that he has organized so far, and if there is a collective effort to take over some of the event planning and race-day organizing, then we can support Jarral riding it “next year”…cheers!
Welcome to our world in the Gunnison country! We love to ride, ski, and play in our beautiful mountains. We like to see how far we can go and who can go the fastest. When Dave and I first decided to put this event together, we knew it would be one of the longest rides many of you may have ever attempted. Throw in monster climbs and we have created a challenge that will provide lifelong memories and new friends. In a world where freeways and stoplights are the norm, you also very rarely get to ride 130+ miles on rustic, traffic free roads in amazing surroundings and only a couple of stop signs and no traffic lights. We love this route and know you will too!
WEST ELK CLASSIC
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