West Elk Bike Classic
September 1 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
West Elk Bicycle Classic
The Westy is the premier big ride in Colorado. 135 miles. Gunnison to Crested Butte. Miles of smooth pavement on back roads past vast canyons and vistas. Long descents and brutal long climbs on gravel. It will be hard. You will never forget it.
Not up for 135 mi? Try our Raghorn Loop starting and ending in Crested Butte. This is a classic ride. “Only 52 mi” but with a steep section of gravel that may have you walking if you aren’t careful as you climb through the Aspens over one of the most dramatic passes in the state.
All routes are timed. Race or just take it in.
TO REGISTER BY MAIL DOWNLOAD THE FORM BELOW. Fill it in on your computer or by hand. Discounts for signing up 4 or 9 of your friends and paying with check!
What Do you get?
Fully supported event with State Patrol escort for the first 30 miles of the 135 mi route, SAG, well stocked Aids (Honey Stinger, Skratch drink, pickle juice, peaches and more!), medics on route with amazing roads and scenery, beer supplied by High Alpine Brewery and food in the town park of Crested Butte. If you finish either route you will get a finishers medal and if you can do the 135 in under eight hours you can get the coveted 8 hr medal.
At packet pickup you will also receive a custom water bottle and grocery bag. If you want another awesome T-shirt, pair of socks or kit please order at registration.
More course info here www.westelkbicycleclassic.com
Please Note – Jerseys, bibs, Tshirts must be ordered before August 1st.
The What and Why?
Donations will also go towards Type I Diabetes research, Sharon’s Kids in Crawford, Western athletics and other charities to be determined. To date we have raised many thousand dollars for them.
We feel that no opportunity should be wasted. You should never look back and wish you could have done more. We think about the future. Our children. This is why we ride the West Elk Bicycle Classic…to help others while challenging ourselves on the bike.
Western State Colorado University: Western has taken many a young mind and helped it go on to many great outcomes. We hope by coming to Gunnison you will see that it is a great community, high-achieving school and amazing place to recreate in the great outdoors!
For the Children: We have supported Sharon’s Kids in the past and will again this year. Sharon is a wonderful woman takes underprivileged kids on trips, camps, Western computer camp and other great activities in the Paonia area.
Finding a Cure for Type 1 diabetes: T1 diabetes was once called juvenile diabetes. A person’s pancreas can stop producing insulin at any age. Without insulin, sugar that we all use for energy can’t get into the cells. If left untreated a person will slowly starve to death. It is treatable but there is no cure. Treating it means constant insulin injections and checking of blood sugars. If the levels fall too low you can go into a coma and die. If it is too high blindness, nerve damage and many other maladies result. Once you have it will never go away. That is what we hope to change.
Bibs and jersey designs are not finalized
If your significant other and family doesn’t ride, they can stay in one location and shop, fish, raft, mountain bike, swim in our pool, rock climb, play on the largest playground slide on the west slope of Colorado or go on the zip line on Crested Butte mountain (The list goes on and on).
Are you tough enough to do this?