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US Pro Cycling Challenge 2014 Aspen Snowmass


The 2014 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 2014 US Pro Cycling Challenge.

Wednesday, August 13: If you’re staying in Snowmass Village, you won’t want to miss the Snowmass Village Western Wednesdays. 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 14: 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 14 for Fishbone from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

Saturday, August 16: Saturday marks the opening ceremonies of the 2014 US Pro Cycling Challenge, so make sure you arrive early to Snowmass Village to get in on the action.

  • Snowmass – Base Village – Welcome/Opening Ceremonies
    • 4 pm Tour Team Parking – Upper Numbered lots – Free
    • 4 – 6pm Snowmass Base Village Festivities – USA Pro Challenge Highlight Reel, Kid’s Activities, music, food & drink specials and more. Free
    • 5:30 – 8:30pm – VIP Reception $150 – Ricard’s @ Base Village hosted by Viceroy Snowmass. For tickets please contact Wes Graham @ 970-429-2098
    • 6:15 – 8:30pm – Opening Ceremonies – Base Village Plaza – free
      • Team Introduction Celebration
    • 8:30 – 10pm – DJ May –Music, food & drink specials- Base Village Plaza

Sunday, August 17: 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 18: Monday’s big event will be the Stage 1 circuit race start, right on Main Street in Aspen at 2:10 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 19: Tuesday is the Stage 2 start of the race, and the riders will leave Aspen via Highway 82/Main Street. Start time is 11:10 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.

  • Valhalla Nights – Top of Snowmass Mountain – 5:30-9pm
    Take an evening gondola ride to the Elk Camp Restaurant, which is transformed into a nighttime adventure. Guests and locals alike are encouraged to light up the night with friends and family while enjoying activities such as a climbing wall, lawn games and s’mores by the campfire. Dance to live music and enjoy an outdoor BBQ sure to please any palate.

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 18, so make sure you check out the official calendar for a full list of events.