Ditch the ordinary this Father’s Day with hiking at Green Mountain Reservoir and a free USA Pro Challenge ride
June 19, 2015
Dads just want to have fun.
This Sunday, hundreds of families will descend on Summit to celebrate Father's Day in true Rocky Mountain style. There's Kingdom Days in Breck, the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco and even a 6K road race with bacon instead of Gatorade at the aid stations. Sounds like a weekend custom-made for dudes.
But, with those distractions comes heat and crowds, not to mention beers at $8 per pint. If you (or your dad) is more inclined to disappear on a bike than wander through a jam-packed festival, indulge him with three outdoor-minded activities built for Father's Day. He'll thank you.
USA Pro Cycling Challenge community ride with Timmy Duggan
Ever want to cycle with the pros? Now is your chance.
On June 21, former professional road cyclist and USA Pro Cycling Challenge competitor Timmy Duggan leads a free community bike ride in honor of the upcoming race, which makes four stops in Summit County between Aug. 17-23.
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The all-ages group ride meets at 9 a.m. at Breck Bike Guides (411 S. Main St., Unit 12 in Breckenridge). There are two options for riders: a short ride along the Lake Dillon recreation path and a longer ride with an option to climb up Moonstone Road — a signature element of the brand-new Breckenridge individual time trial on Aug. 22.
"I grew up half the time in Summit when I was young as a ski racer, so it's really my other hometown," says Duggan, who became a father two months ago and will likely have his newborn with him at the start. "You have big views and trail options in every direction; so, as long as you get off the bike path and away from the crowds, there is amazing riding to be had around there."
No pre-registration is required, but all who sign in at Breck Bike Guides before leaving will be entered to win a pair of VIP passes to the Breck time trial.
Explore at Green Mountain Reservoir
While everyone else sticks to the shores of Lake Dillon, in-the-know hikers, campers, anglers and outdoorsman know Green Mountain Reservoir is a true alpine oasis.
All seven campsites at Green Mountain are now open and available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $13 per night. Only Cow Creek South Campground takes reservations. The amenities are sparse — there is no running water, flush toilets or RV hookups — but when your tent is within walking distance of the reservoir and nearly 100 miles of surrounding trails, it hardly matters.
Boaters have two options for launching: the Heeney Marina and McDonald Flats. Be ready for an invasive-species inspection if this is your first time on the water this summer.
Demo day at the Frisco Adventure Park
Not every dad wants to huff and puff with a road-cycling pro. Some just want to huck off tabletops and berms and rollers.
The Frisco Adventure Park (621 Recreation Way in Frisco) is hosting a free bike demo event for Father's Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the bike park. Pioneer Sports will be on hand with new and barely-touched road, downhill and cross-country models from Giant Bicycles. It's the first of many demo days to come.
"We are really delighted to partner with the Frisco Adventure Park to bring Giant Bicycle demos to Summit County," said Jeremy Mender, general manager for Pioneer Sports. "Pioneer Sports has been a Summit County staple for over 30 years, and we love serving this community with great products and service."
The adventure park is open daily this summer, so if dad doesn't feel like trying a bike, explore the park and a slew of free activities like disc golf, a skate park and miles of hiking and biking trails.
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