Breck Bike Week kicked off Aug. 11 with the Breck Epic, a grueling six-day, 240-mile stage race over singletrack around Breckenridge. If the thought of that many days and that many miles in the saddle makes you cringe, check out the Carvers Poker Ride and Peak-A-Boo Toys Go Fish Ride on Saturday for a taste of the terrain without the weeklong commitment.
The Poker Ride is a 10- or 20-mile marked route highlighting some of Breck’s best town trails, with water, Cliff Bars and playing cards at each checkpoint.
“Riders will be doing four loops set up on town trails, and riders will complete each loop and get a playing card to begin assembling their poker hand,” said Cat Alletto, of CBST Adventures, co-producer of Breck Bike Week. “At the end of the event, they will go to the after-party to collect their fifth card, and that will determine who wins the poker ride.”
The kids’ version lets families tear up some of Breck’s more mellow routes.
“Families do a 1- to 2-mile ride on bike paths and singletrack, which ends in a game of Go Fish at the rec center,” Alletto said. “Parents and kids are also invited to come to the after-party.”
Both races launch from the Breck Bike Week Expo area in Blue River Plaza, and the after-party, which features poker-run and Go Fish awards and raffles for a 9er frame and a Cannondale Trigger 29er 3, among other prizes. The event benefits the Summit Fat Tire Society.
Alletto said the Poker Ride is a great activity to get riders of all ages off the sidelines for Breck Bike Week and revives an event that has a 20-year history in Breckenridge.
“It’s a great way to get visitors and locals of all different riding levels to come out and test out some singletrack, make new friends, party and ride with old friends and support the local advocacy group,” she said.
The ride helps participants understand why all of the pros and big names in the cycling world come to Breckenridge to ride, Alletto said.
“We know Breckenridge is a great place to ride bikes, either road bikes or mountain bikes, but this is an opportunity instead of just watching — spectating the Breck Epic or Pro Challenge — this is a chance for visitors to get out and experience for themselves our trail system,” she said.