The 3rd annual Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic is August 31st
(Sunday of Labor day).
Let your friends and alumni know! Time to get in shape! Registration is open!
The West Elk BIcycle Classic is a 134-mile/ 215-kilometre loop from Gunnison to Crested Butte, Co. with more than 9,400 feet/2,800 meters of climbing that features a 5,500-foot/1,700-metre climb beginning at the 100-mile/162-km point.
The objective of the Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic is to give riders support, nutrition and, if necessary SAG — and to help fund the new Mountain Sports Program at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. These sports include mountain biking and skiing (skiercross, boardercross, free-ride and cross-country), but may soon also include snowboarding, cyclocross, road cycling, ski mountaineering, trail running and whitewater kayaking, according to the Western website.
Great article about the West Elk Bicycle Classic: http://www.cyclingwest.com/dave-wiens-west-elk-bicycle-classic/
Ride part of stage 2 of the 2014 USA Pro Cyclying Challenge over Kebler pass. This will undoubtedly be an epic day during the tour as the pros race over the huge climb and descend to Crested Butte. How fast can you do it?
The West Elk Bicycle Classic is a 134mi timed tour from Gunnison to Crested Butte CO with 9300' of climbing every Sunday of Labor day weekend. Highlights include the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and the monster climb of Kebler pass at 100mi of riding. Kebler, while dirt, is perfectly rideable on a road bicycle. Be prepared. The sun can be very warm if it is sunny at high altitudes. It can rain and bring temperatures down quickly. If it rains very hard it may become slick with magnesium chloride mud. Your bike will get dirty. You are in a very remote setting with no cel phone coverage at high altitudes.
About Dave Wiens:
Dave Wiens is the director of Mountain Sports at Western State Colorado University,
Six time winner of the Leadville Trail 100 (2003-2008) where he defeated Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong,
2000 inductee to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and is married to Olympic bronze medal winner Susan DeMattei.