Claire Higgins
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July 5, 2012
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Breckenridge Bike Week celebrates a fourth year

The fourth annual Breck Bike Week kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday, dedicated to promoting local bicycling culture with some exciting new additions including an inaugural Super D race as well as some favorite events from past years.

The week is full of daily free activities, which happen at the same times every day, and then each day holds something new to experience, which is also free. Take a look at what Breck Bike Week has in store for Summit County's riders, whether you're a beginner, expert, parent and kid combo, roadie, mountain biker or commuter.

Start out the morning with a Tour de France viewing from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Expo site, Blue River Plaza. After the viewing, see what is new in the bike industry with daily bike demos from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. also at the Expo site. Trek, BH and Pivot will all have testers to show off during the weekend.

New to the daily schedule this year is the Breckenridge Bike Bus Rides. From 11 a.m. to noon, hop on the custom 12-seater bike for a ride through town. The human-powered bike holds 16 people: 10 pedalers, five freeloaders who sit in the non-pedaling seats and a biketender/server who stands in the center.

Breck Bike Week is also offering Gear-Up Tech Classes from noon-1 p.m. every day. Meet at the Expo site for maintenance clinics and tech tips from local mechanics.

In addition to the daily offerings, Breck Bike Week days are packed with one-time events to catch throughout the weekend.

There's a mountain bike skills workshop for women only today at 10 a.m. presented by Yeti Beti. The workshop, designed for all skill levels and ages, starts at the Expo site.

Later today, Breckenridge's mayor John Warner is rolling through town for a Historic Happy Hour at 3 p.m. The tour starts at the Expo site and will take riders around to the town's historic sites, ending with happy hour specials at Breck's saloons.

Saturday marks the first-ever Super D race during Bike Week. Starting at 4 p.m., race or watch the racers make their way down two short runs on the downhill cross-country course. The course covers town trails and ends in Carter Park.

"This Super D race adds a whole new component to Breckenridge's already diverse cycling community," Rachel Zerowin with Go Breck said.

Because riders are always on the move, Breck Bike Week is hosting a Yoga for Bikers event Sunday from 8-9:15 a.m. Presented by Meta Yoga, Yoga for Bikers can increase your riding efficiency and bike handling skills through mindful yoga geared toward cyclists. Take the class for free at Meta Yoga's Breckenridge studio.

For the more experienced riders, the Summit Fat Tire Society will lead the Grand Fondo Sunday at 10 a.m. The ride, which begins at the Expo site, is a 25-35 mile, off-road mountain bike ride with "plenty of climbing."

Instead of the Grand Fondo, riders of all levels can join the Summit Velo team for a road ride and a "scenic, go-at-your-own-pace" ride through the town. The road ride also begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Expo site.

Kid riders and bike lovers are not left out during Breck Bike Week. Today, bring the kids out to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena for the Youth Race Series at 5:30 p.m. These pump track races are for children ages 3-12. Helmets are mandatory and the organization would prefer no training wheels.

Peek-A-Boo Toys is hosting Saturday's Go Fish Ride for kids and the family at 10 a.m. Little ones and their parents will take to a kid-friendly single track. At the end, kids can play a round of Go Fish with another rider and everybody wins a prize.

Finally, on Sunday, bring your bike helmet to the Expo site for Prime, Paint and Pimp Your Helmet at 11:30 a.m. The Breckenridge Arts District will provide the painting supplies and consultation with a professional painter.

For more information about all of Breck Bike Week events, visit www.BreckBikeWeek.com. Also visit the Bike Concierge Desk at the Expo site between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day for ride tips, event updates, general information, maps and merchandise.

What: Breck Bike Week

When: Today through Sunday, all day events

Where: Blue River Plaza (Expo site), Breckenridge

Details: Information and full list of events at www.BreckBikeWeek.com


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