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The West Elk Bicycle Classic
Join Western State Colorado University’s Director of Mountain Sports, Dave Wiens, Labor Day weekend for this 134-mile timed road tour with 9,300 ft. of climbing. The ride starts on Western’s campus in Gunnison and finishes in downtown Crested Butte, just 28 miles to the north via Highway 135.
However, the West Elk Bicycle Classic never touches 135 but chooses the scenic route: plying the shores of Blue Mesa Reservoir; brushing the Black Canyon of the Gunnison; and visiting off-the-beaten-path communities like Crawford, Paonia and Somerset, before finally depositing riders on dirt and gravel for the final and biggest climb of the ride up an over Kebler Pass, the backdoor entrance into Crested Butte. All proceeds from the West Elk Bicycle Classic benefit the Mountain Sports program at Western, as well as the communities we visit along this amazing route.
What You Get
The opportunity to ride a challenging and off-the-beaten-path route on all kinds of Colorado backroads.
An awesome West Elk Bicycle Classic commemorative jersey by Primal. See below for fit chart and details.
Socks! Everyone loves socks and these are the official West Elk Bicycle Classic wool socks made by SOS.
Drop Bag transported to finish line in Crested Butte.
Post ride grub provided by Donita’s Cantina in downtown Crested Butte
A few cold ones from Two Rascals Brewing in Montrose, CO in an official West Elk Bicycle Classic pint glass.
Either a glowing satisfaction in your accomplishment or a burning desire to return and try again to conquer the West Elk Bicycle Classic!
Registration and Packet pick up
Registration and Packet pick up will take place at the Taylor Hall Welcome Center (south facing entrance) on the Western State Colorado University campus in Gunnison CO.
Friday, August 29th from 6-8 pm
Saturday, August 30th from 4-8pm
Sunday, August 31st from 5:30-6am
This is also the starting line.
Click here for a map:
At registration, you can also purchsase West Elk Bicycle Classic merchandise like jerseys, socks, t-shirts, etc. Also, extra meal and beer tickets for family and friends. Shuttle information will also be available here. Register early as this event is limited to 200 entries.
Enjoy the training; enjoy the ride!
2013 video of final miles on Kebler Pass
Can I contact the event organizer?
Yes, anytime. Please email us at info@westelkbicycleclassic or call (970) 318-6783
Is my registration transferrable?
You may transfer your registration to a friend or stranger for a $25 transfer fee. You will be responsible for getting paid by the new entrant. The new entrant will pay the $25 transfer fee to the West Elk Bicycle Classic.
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds. This is a backcountry road ride of sorts as there are long stretches of lonely nothingness. Also, very little in the way of cell service and help may be a whle in arriving in the event of a mechanical, injury or illness, especially as the ride spreads out. Elk bicycle Classic is a rain or shine event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at: