While Aspen is well known as a winter destination, the summer is really not to be missed. Our small town boasts diverse cultural events that include music, art, theatre, lecture and dance performances. Prior to catching the show; locals and visitors alike enjoy pursuits ranging from scenic hikes, river rafting, horse-back riding, fly fishing, climbing and cycling. Your youngest family members can enjoy a variety of day camps, recreation facilities that include leisure pools, water slide, climbing walls or play for hours in the dancing waters of the Hyman Avenue fountain.
After a day of activity, indulge your senses with food and fashion. With more than 100 restaurants and drinking establishments and some 200 clothing boutiques, original art galleries and gift shops, Aspen is the perfect place to enjoy it all.
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Start time: 11:15 am; Approximate finish: 2:56-4:24 pm
Another new twist on an old favorite, but this time it is the opening that changes. Copper Mountain plays host to its first ever Pro Challenge stage and sends off Stage 3 in style. While familiar terrain and faces await the race on Independence Pass and Aspen.
No rest for the weary this day as the climbing starts right away with the ascent of Freemont Pass. Then onto the gorgeous shores of Turquoise Lake and a quick sprint through Leadville. But that is just the appetizer, the main course awaits on the upper slopes of Independence Pass and then down its breathtaking descent into Aspen where some of the most memorable moments in Pro Challenge history have played out.
PS- Over half of Stage 3 race mileage takes place above 10,000’. Bring your lungs.
Start time: 10:20 am; Estimated finish: 3:45 pm
This crowd-pleasing stage from 2013 is back for an encore in 2015 as it connects the Pro Challenge’s two most visited towns; Aspen and Breckenridge.
Starting off with 20 miles of climbing up Independence Pass is a rude wake up call, but that is just the beginning. The racers still have the climbs of Trout Creek Pass and Hoosier Pass to conquer, while sprints in Buena Vista and Fairplay dot the route to Breckenridge. Once in town one final obstacle stands between the riders and victory, the wall up Moonstone road and the drop down Boreas Pass to the finish line where the always boisterous crowds of Breckenridge await.