By Rick Langenberg:
A week of fun events, including joy rides, bike cruises, watch/block parties, costume contests, live music, a parade and much more, are scheduled this week in celebration of the big cycling showdown. Most local events are slated for Friday, Aug. 24, when world renowned cyclists will race through Teller County and Woodland Park. The festivities are being organized as part of the Stage 5 Sprint of the USA Pro Challenge (see related story). This race, Colorado’s version of the Tour de France, will attract the top cyclists from around the country and world. The trek through Woodland Park will feature probably the fastest times of the race. Plus, Woodland Park is the site of a sprint line at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 24 and Pine Street.
A number of businesses also are scheduling various events to celebrate the race. Some of the key Aug. 24 community events include an established viewing area at the Ute Pass Cultural Center at 9:30 a.m., a Stage 5 Kick Off at Memorial Lake at 9:45 a.m., a People Power Parade at the Ute Pass Cultural Center at 10 a.m., Memorial Lake area activities at 11 a.m., as well as an official Beer Garden in Bergstrom Park and a Cycling Challenge Course in Memorial Park, live music at the Memorial Park Gazebo at noon and a Costume Contest and then live music again at 3 p.m. and a Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Plus, Team Telecycle and Teller County Chiropractic are sponsoring a Swap Meet from 1 to 4 p.m. and a special Treasure Hunt for a specialized kid’s mountain bike throughout the week, along with a spree of kids’ activities. For more information about the Team Telecycle/Teller County Chiropractic events, call 687-6165. In addition, a variety of businesses are offering barbecues, special meals and prime spots for viewing the race. For more information about the overall race and community activities, visit Twitter @stage5sprintwp.