2014 Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic
Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 7:00 AM (MDT)
Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic
Registration is open!!
Ride part of stage 2 of the 2014 USA Pro Cyclying Challenge over Kebler pass. This will undoubltably 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.
Ride with mountain bike great Dave Wiens along the quietest, prettiest, and hardest climbing roads you will ever find.
This is an experience you won't want to miss and you will want more.
For more information about the West Elk Bicycle Classic, please visit westelkbicycleclassic.com or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to see how your time compares with others on a demanding course? Do you want to just tour and try to finish a demanding course? We are open to all abilities, however you should train hard for this event. It is not easy. (Note: This is a timed tour, not a race.)
When you ride our course you will wonder if you can ever go back home. The roads really are amazing. Very little traffic, smooth, and incredible scenery. That is until you hit Kebler pass. Here the road gets steep and turns to dirt. Your friends will have a hard time imagining a ride like this. You don't have to.
What is included?
We are keeping our event small. This is not a 5000 person ride. You will be a person. You can talk to some of our local legends like Dave Wiens who will be on hand. You will have bragging rights of doing the most unique ride around. With entry you will also receive at a minimum;
- Custom Primal West Elk Bicycle Classic race cut full zip jersey (mens or womens race cut). Note that these will be a snug fit based on the sizes below. If you sign up after June 19 you may have to pick yours up after the event or we will mail it. If you can not make it we will mail it.
- Save Our Soles Wool socks!
- 6 well stocked aid stations.
- SAG Support (with water, some food, tools and spare tubes/tires)
- Food from Crested Butte standard Donita's Cantina at the finish in downtown Crested Butte.
- Local Montrose brewery, Two Rascals beer afterwards in downtown Crested Butte Colorado with your finishers prize of a classic West Elk pint glass.
- Other great local Crested Butte fare.
- Raffle prizes.
Registration and Packet pick up
When you register you may purchase extra jerseys, socks, shuttle to and from Gunnison/Crested Butte and extra meal/beer tickets if you want to eat with your family. You may also donate to WSCU Mt sports! Register early as this event has limited entries.
You may pick up your goodies and bib numbers at packet pick up Friday August 29 6-8 pm, Saturday August 30 4-8pm, or Sunday August 31 5:30-6:00am at the Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic start at Taylor Hall Welcome center on the Western State Colorado University campus in Gunnison CO. See the course map and this page for location.
Enjoy the ride!
2103 video of final miles
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
We have ample parking at Western State Colorado University Campus at the start area. See map above or at www.westelkbicycleclassic.com
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email us at info@westelkbicycleclassic or call 970 318 6783
Is my registration transferrable?
You may transfer your registration if you can't do the event.
What is the refund policy?
The West Elk bicycle Classic is a rain or shine event. There are no refunds. We will cancel only if the weather presents a danger. Bring your rain coats (We usually have little precipitation this time of year). If a hurricane does make its way into the Gunnison Valley we will ride out and back 130 miles and not ride over Kebler.
When & Where
Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports
The Mountain Sports program at Western State Colorado University (we call it "Western!") is all about competetive cycling, skiing, snowboarding and trail running. Western and the upper Gunnison Valley are home to some of the best mountains, trails and landscapes anywhere for these sports. For more information, contact Mountain Sports Director, Dave Wiens as email@example.com or visit our website at: