Copper is the Hub of Colorado Cycling This Summer
Copper Mountain, CO…July 2, 2009…Copper Mountain is the hub of mountain biking and cycling in Colorado this summer, with opportunities to ride for a cause or race for the glory. From hardcore, high-altitude training to a leisurely downhill course and hundreds of miles of scenic byways to classic Colorado alpine road rides, Copper is at the heart of it all. That classic alpine setting, intimate resort village and renowned biking events such as the Courage Classic, the Copper Triangle, the Copper Cup and the Copper Criterium & Fall Colors Ride, make Copper a first choice for mountain bikers and cyclists this summer.
Cycling enthusiasts eager to give something back to worthy charities can participate in or watch the Courage Classic or the Copper Triangle this summer. The Courage Classic, July 25-27, returns to Copper for three consecutive, fun-filled days of cycling over three Rocky Mountain passes at the height of summer. This ride from Leadville to Summit County and back, encompasses 157-miles of backcountry roads, challenging climbs and as always, picturesque views, all in an effort to raise money for The Children’s Hospital in Denver. Last year, $2.7 million was raised for Children’s, one of the nation's top pediatric research hospitals. www.couragetours.com
The famous Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle, August 1, has long been considered one of Colorado’s classic alpine road rides. Graced with 78 miles of breathtaking scenery, gorgeous roads and three challenging climbs including Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass and Vail Pass, the Copper Triangle exemplifies cycling in the Colorado Rockies. The ride works in partnership with the Davis Phinney Foundation to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease research. The Davis Phinney Foundation was created in 2004 to support Parkinson’s disease research and improve the lives of those challenged by the disease. The Foundation raises vital dollars to help fund the research of curative therapies for Parkinson’s patients. www.coppertriangle.com
For riders with a more competitive streak, two new events have been added to the cycling line-up this summer – the Copper Cup and the Copper Criterum & Fall Colors Ride. The Copper Cup, August 28-30, is a part of the Mountain States Cup Championship Series, which is a NORBA (National Off-Road Bicycle Association) and USAC (USA Cycling) sanctioned series. The Mountain States Cup is the largest full-discipline race series in the United States and is rider owned and operated, so the courses and venues are world-class and well organized. This is the first year the Mountain States Cup brings Super D, Cross Country and the State Championship Short Track race to Copper. www.racemsc.com
For those eager cycling enthusiasts, the Copper Criterium & Fall Colors Ride, September 11-13 has the best of both worlds - a fantastic social ride with aid stations and ride support when the high country is at its fall color peak and a fast and exciting criterium course that will challenge all comers, especially during Saturday's twilight event. The criteriums consist of two days of racing through Copper with a twilight criterium for the professionals on Saturday night, with more than $2000 on the line in cash and prizes. A rider BBQ, great raffles, a county-wide ‘poker run’ with prizes for best hand, and amazing spectating are sure to make this an annual fall event at Copper.
Great lodging deals are available to cyclists all summer long at Copper, starting at $50 per person, per night. Visit www.coppercolorado.com/cycling for more info. Restrictions may apply.
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