Western State Colorado University’s Mountain Sports Team is excited to announce the opening of registration for the 2013 West Elk Bicycle Classic. The demanding, 130+ mile timed, mass start bicycle tour climbs nearly 9,000 feet from Gunnison to Crested Butte and circumnavigates the West Elk Mountains.
This year’s Labor Day weekend event will take place Sunday, Sept. 1. Participation is capped at 250 riders.
The $110 registration fee includes ride entry and a custom West Elk Bicycle Classic jersey and socks.
The event was first conceived of by WSCU mountain sports team director and bicycling legend Dave Wiens. Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund WSCU’s mountain sports athletes as they compete in bicycle and ski racing events throughout the year.
The West Elk Bicycle Classic begins with a mass start at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison and takes riders through a spectacular circuit around the West Elk Mountains. From Gunnison, the route proceeds along the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison to Crawford, Paonia and then begins a 5,000-foot climb up Kebler Pass. Participants typically range from professional bicycle racers to hearty recreational cyclists.
To learn more about the ride and to register, visit http://www.westelk
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