US Pro Cycling Challenge – Aspen Snowmass

The 2013 US Pro Cycling Challenge is coming to Aspen – and with it comes a whole host of activities and fun. Festivities begin on August 14 and go all the way through August 20, and if you’re staying in Snowmass, you’ll have the perfect vantage point for all of the best events.

Here are a few highlights of upcoming activities that are sure to get you geared up for the 2013 US Pro Cycling Challenge.

Wednesday, August 14: If you’re staying in Snowmass Village, you won’t want to miss the Snowmass Village Western Wednesdays 40th Year Celebration. Although the rodeo starts at 7 P.M., pre-rodeo events—including a bouncy house, mechanical bull rides, a petting zoo, and an authentic cowboy dinner—begin at 5 P.M. See the official Snowmass Rodeo page for more information.

Thursday, August 15: Thursday nights in Snowmass Village are about singing under the stars with the Free Thursday Night Concert Series. Head over to Fanny Hill on August 15 for Robert Walters 20th Congress from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Friday, August 16: For the perfect outdoor evening to welcome the weekend, enjoy Valhalla Nights at the top of Snowmass Mountain. From 5:30 to 9:00 P.M., visitors can catch a gondola ride up to the Elk Camp restaurant, and enjoy a full evening of outdoor food and fun. Kick up your heels to the live music and down some delicious BBQ before heading up the climbing wall or leaping to some exciting lawn games.  Taking the gondola back down at the end of the night makes returning to your accommodations easy and fun.

Saturday, August 17: Saturday marks the opening ceremonies of the 2013 US Pro Cycling Challenge, so make sure you arrive early to Snowmass Village to get in on the action. Events include the New Belgium Home Brew Sampling Showcase, the Best Bike Legs Competition, and Autograph Kiosks (Snowmass Village Mall, 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.) and the official opening ceremonies (Base Village, 6:15 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.) The team introduction celebration alone makes the opening ceremonies well worth attending.

Sunday, August 18: Staying in Snowmass gives you easy access to Aspen, which is where you’ll want to be on Sunday for the Aspen Finish Line Festival. The festival grounds open at 11:00 A.M. in Paepke Park in downtown Aspen, and there will be events all day long. Amateur racers and teams won’t want to miss the Aspen Sprint Challenge and the moonlight cruise ride!

Monday, August 19: Monday’s big event will be the Stage 1 circuit race start, right on Main Street in Aspen at 1:05 P.M. The cyclists will race a circuit between Aspen and Snowmass Village three times. Whether you bike or drive over from Snowmass to watch the race opening, make sure you get there early so you have plenty of time to secure yourself a good spot for watching the official sendoff!

Tuesday, August 20: Tuesday is the Stage 2 start of the race, and the riders will leave Aspen via Independence Pass. Start time is 10:10 A.M. at Main and Garmisch in Aspen, so if you’re traveling from Snowmass by car, bear in mind that vehicles will face detours.

Staying in Snowmass will place you right at the center of the action during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The event schedule is jam packed well before (and after) the cyclists’ official arrival in Aspen on August 19, so make sure you check out the official calendar for a full list of events.