Copper Caps Off Summer with a Cycling Weekend During the Copper Criteriums

September 10, 2009

Copper Caps Off Summer with a Cycling Weekend During the Copper Criteriums


Copper Mountain, CO…September 10, 2009…Copper Mountain, in conjunction with the Greenspeed Project, is excited to host the Copper Criteriums, Fall Colors Recpath Poker Ride and USA Cycling Time Trials, Sept. 11 – 13. The festive weekend includes a fast and exciting criterium course, a pro criterium under the stars, and a meticulously supported fall colors poker ride around the county.


Schedule of Events*:

Friday, Sept. 11

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.            Fridays at Copper (FAC) – Free activities with every $30 shopping or dining purchase at Copper, including a free one-time pass for the climbing wall, bumper boats, quad power jump, go-karts and mini-golf.

6 – 9 p.m.                     Rider Registration, early check-in, bib pick-up in Burning Stones Plaza


Saturday, Sept. 12

7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.         Rider Registration and bib pick-up in Burning Stones Plaza

8 a.m. – 9 p.m.              Tech Village open in Burning Stones Plaza

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.              Fall Colors Poker Ride

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.            Copper activities open (Go-karts, Quad Power Jump, mini-golf, climbing wall and West Lake activities)

11 a.m.                         Junior (15-18 yrs old) Crit – 30 minutes

11:45 a.m.                     Senior Men Crit 4 – 45 minutes

1 p.m.                           Senior Men 45+ Crit – 45 minutes

2 p.m.                           Senior Men 35+, 4 Crit – 45 minutes

3 p.m.                          Awards Ceremony #1 (all prior categories)

3:30 – 5 p.m.                 Free live music by Northern Way in Burning Stones Plaza

4 – 9 p.m.                     Rider BBQ, festival and live music in Burning Stones Plaza

3 p.m.                           Senior Men 3 Crit – 50 minutes

5 p.m.                           Fall Colors Poker Ride Raffle #1

4 p.m.                           Senior Men 35+ Crit – 60 minutes

5:15 p.m.                       Senior Women Open Crit – 60 minutes

6:30 p.m.                       Senior Men Pro/1/2 Crit - 75 minutes

8 p.m.                           Final Awards


Sunday, Sept. 13

7 – 8 a.m.                     Rider Registration for Time Trials in Burning Stones Plaza

8:30 – 11 a.m.               State Time Trial Championships – Copper to Vail Pass Summit

8 a.m. – Noon               Fall Colors Poker Ride, Day 2

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.            Copper activities open (Go-karts, Quad Power Jump, mini-golf, climbing wall and West Lake activities)

Noon                            Time Trial Awards in Burning Stones Plaza and BBQ in Jack’s

1 p.m.                           Fall Colors Ride Raffle #2 in Burning Stones Plaza


*All events are subject to change and are weather dependent.


Make a special weekend of the Copper Crits and Fall Colors Poker Ride and enjoy the eye-popping beauty of Copper during its fall color peak. From condominiums to studio rooms, Copper offers a variety of lodging choices and offers discounts for race participants. Please contact Copper Mountain Reservations by calling 866.534.7444 and reference the Group Code “3GF8JG” and/or the Group Name “Copper Criterium and Fall Colors Ride” to book discounted lodging.     


A criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 5 km) often conducted on closed-off city center streets, in this case, the Village at Copper. Criteriums are generally shorter than a traditional road race, though the average speed and intensity are usually higher.  Success in criteriums requires a mix of good technical skills, in particular the ability to corner rapidly and sharply. This short course, classic "hard man" criterium will wind its way through the Village at Copper on Saturday, Sept. 12, challenging riders with road descents, village pavers and uphill straight-aways.


Not a racer? Not a problem! The Recreation path in Summit County is a gem, as it spans from Copper to Frisco, Breck, Dillon and Keystone. For the weekend Fall Colors Poker Ride there will be five aid stations set up, one in each of these locations. At each aid station, participants will get another playing card. Later that evening at the Fall Colors BBQ, riders can parlay their hands into a winner – there are tons of prizes including season passes to Copper, weekend stays at the resort and tons of bike gear.


Sunday, Sept. 13 at Copper hosts USA Cycling Time Trial (TT) state championships. The Time Trial is the old course used years ago by Maverick Sports Promotions during their well-received Summer Time Trial Series. Riders will depart from Copper's Burning Stones Plaza in 30-second intervals, and from there they will wind their way up Summit County's Recreation path to the finish at the top of Vail Pass. State Champion designations will be awarded for all listed categories and Colorado residency is not required for these time trials.


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