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Week in Summit: USA Pro Challenge cyclists, fans and Breck’s parking backlash

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Where's the water? Inner tubes, bacon suits and Colorado flags galore clogged U.S. Highway 6 in preperation for the Stage 2 finish of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge at Arapahoe Basin on Aug. 18.
Rory Gallagher / Special to the Daily |

USA Pro Challenge

The county had been electrified with the USA Pro Challenge holding 4 of the 7 stages in the 618.5 mile, 7-day race.

Big fan turnouts popped up everywhere along the 100+ mile stretches, from one end to the other along each stage.

Plus, the weather was phenomenal. Big props to these racers who take up biking this mighty challenge.

Two key highlights make watching the Pro Challenge worthwhile: 1.) the fights to the checkpoints and the finish for the racers, who no doubt are already feeling the burn after cranking up passes, and 2.) the costumed freaks crawling out of the woodwork to add humor and fun to tense racing and endings.

But, in reference to the latter highlight: Stay out of the way of the racers approaching checkpoints and the finish line to allow them plenty of room to maneuver. Yeah, we’re looking at you, Mr. Green-Inner-Tube-Ski-Goggle Guy.

In fact, the Pro Challenge organizers should have these checkpoint areas blocking off the crowd as they have at the finish lines.

Think of the racers, people.

As you wish

Longtime Breck local Carol Rockne had been wishing for about 20 years to have a lift-ticket tax imposed on Vail Resorts’ Breckenridge Ski Resort — much like the tax has been implemented in Vail and its ski area since the 1960s.

On Aug. 25, the Breckenridge Town Council will vote whether or not to put the issue to the voters in November.

And, you better believe Vail Resorts has kicked its anti-lift-ticket tax campaign into high gear, which was expected. As a corporation, Vail Resorts is legally mandated to make a profit for its shareholders — accordingly, to them, a tax that would diminish those profits is a big no-no.

In fact, what would severely work against Vail Resorts would be if public perception of it turns negative — that is, if it’s seen as being unwilling to work with the town it’s benefited so much from for so many decades.

By unleashing public backlash, people could easily go to other ski areas to plunge into powder bliss … areas, mind you, that don’t have the same parking and transit problems currently plaguing Breckenridge.

Because who wants to spend more time than necessary to hit the slopes?

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