Copper Triangle Bicycle Tour at Copper August 7

August 4, 2010

Copper Triangle Bicycle Tour at Copper Aug. 7

Fundraiser for the Davis Phinney Foundation and Parkinson’s disease Research


Copper Mountain, CO…August 4, 2010…Join Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter on Saturday, August 7 at Copper for the 5th annual Colorado Cyclists Copper Triangle. This ride is a fund raiser for the Davis Phinney Foundation in their fight against Parkinson’s disease.  In addition, don’t miss Fridays at Copper (FAC) with free activities all day*, a free live concert by The Matt Clark Band and a free showing of American Flyers (PG-13).


The famous Copper Triangle 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 (Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass and Vail Pass), the Copper Triangle exemplifies cycling in the Colorado Rockies. The 2010 ride works in partnership with the Davis Phinney Foundation to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease research.


“We are excited to work in conjunction with Copper Mountain to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Copper Triangle,” says Scot Harris, Event Director. “The Copper Triangle exemplifies cycling in the Colorado Rockies and might be one of the most physically challenging events to participate in, but raising funds for the Davis Phinney Foundation makes every second worth it.”


Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle organizers are striving to raise at least $120,000 in their fight against Parkinson’s disease this weekend.  Two of America’s top cyclists - Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter - along with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, will join more than 3000 cyclists in their fight against Parkinson's disease during the 5th annual Copper Triangle Saturday, August 7. All 50 U.S. states are represented, as well as riders from Europe and Asia, making this very much an international event.


Friday, August 6

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, paddle boats, go-karts and mini-golf.

4 - 8 p.m.                     Pre-event Expo on the Pavilion Lawn

4 - 9 p.m.                     Registration in Kokopelli’s Trail; upper level of the Conference Center

6 p.m.                          Friday Night Street Party, with free live music by The Matt Clark Band, at Mulligan’s Irish Pub

Dusk                            Burning Stones Outdoor Theater, featuring a free showing of American Flyers (PG -13)


Saturday, August 7

5:45 – 8 a.m.                Registration, Kokopelli’s Trail, upper level of Conference Center

5:45 – 8 a.m.                Copper Triangle start times

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.           Post-ride Alpine Celebration, Pavilion

2 p.m.                          Check presentation at Davis Phinney Stage


The Davis Phinney Foundation (DPF) is dedicated to helping people with Parkinson’s disease live well today. The DPF funds research focused on exercise, speech and other quality of life therapies, hosts a series of symposia that present research and programs that demonstrate the benefits of these therapies and encourages those impacted by the disease to celebrate their daily victories. Recently, the DPF launched a program and manual Every Victory Counts™, developed by movement disorder specialists as well as people living with Parkinson’s to help those with the disease live well today. For more information please visit


The Copper Triangle route is a challenging 78-mile ride that crests Fremont (elevation 11,318’), Tennessee (elevation 10,424’) and Vail (elevation 10,666’) passes. The ride will start and finish in Copper’s Burning Stones Plaza.  Winding through historic mining outposts, three ski areas, and Camp Hale – the Copper Triangle ride is considered one of Colorado’s finest mountain rides.  Fully stocked aid and rest stations will be positioned throughout the course. The total elevation gain for the course is 5,981 ft. Upon returning from the ride, cyclists will be greeted by the Alpine Celebration in the Village at Copper - a post-ride party with a BBQ lunch, prize drawings and a cycling expo. 


After the day’s adventure, participants can enjoy the Village at Copper’s restaurants, shops and continued entertainment.  Copper is offering Copper Triangle participants special lodging rates this weekend. Call a Copper Mountain Vacation Specialist at 866-534-7443 and reference the Copper Triangle or guest code #3GH1C6 to receive the discounted rates. 


This summer, FAC stands for Fridays at Copper, and it also stands for FREE. Copper's FAC includes free music, free movies and free activities. Ok, the activities are almost free. *Spend $30 in the Village on Fridays and you get free tickets to the 6 village activities, from bungee to bumper boats. For free and fun, plan at least a couple Fridays at Copper this summer. We’re talking free music, activities out the yin and the yang, cold brewskies, and scenery that will leave you breathless. No, that’s not just the altitude talking.

  • Friday Night Street Party, Aug. 6 – Enjoy free live music by The Matt Clark Band, playing Rock, Reggae and Blues, this week at Mulligan’s Irish Pub.  
  • Burning Stones Outdoor Theater, Aug. 6 – In celebration of the Copper Triangle, enjoy American Flyers (PG-13), where Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. He doesn't tell him that he has a cerebral tumor. While David powerfully heads for the victory, Marcus has to realize that the contest is now beyond his capabilities. Enjoy great views of the Rockies and an insight in the tactics of bicycle races in this classic cycling epic.


The Copper Triangle is sponsored by: Colorado Cyclist, Copper Mountain, Clif Bar & Company, Nurtilite Nutritional Supplements, Cytomax Performance, ShaverSport, Save Our Soles, Mavic, Rudy Project, Rack Attack, Avery Brewing Company, Competitor Colorado (formerly Rocky Mountain Sports) and the Davis Phinney Foundation.


For more information, including detailed route descriptions, please visit  






Copper Mountain:
David Roth
970.968.2318 ext. 38827

Copper Triangle:
Scott Olmsted

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