Prospectors discovered gold when they founded Breckenridge in 1859. Today, this historic mining town fosters a whole new set of riches: world-class adventures (think summer dogsledding and backcountry powder), independent restaurants and boutiques, a growing Arts District, and a resort that's known for winter but delivers big fun all summer long.
The town's easily-accessed trail network – once used by miners in search of gold – today leads to hundreds of miles of mountain biking across Summit County. Road cyclists can explore the surrounding counties via mountain passes, bike paths and state highways. Casual riders can hop on a cruiser, and in-town bike lanes – one of the many efforts that led to Breck's designation as a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community – make it a snap for any ability to saddle up.
On July 23, 1887, the largest piece of gold ever found in Colorado was discovered in Breck. Tom Groves walked into town cradling the 13.5-pound, blanket-wrapped bundle that gained the name "Tom's Baby." Three days later, the nugget was put on a train to Denver and not seen for 85 years. In 1972, the Colorado History Museum examined gold specimens that were deposited in a Denver bank in 1926. "Tom's Baby" was found, but over five pounds remain missing.
Each January, Breckenridge breaks out the Viking helmets and pays tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. All in the hopes of bringing abundant snowfall, revelers celebrate with a week-long snow dance that includes the notorious Main Street parade, Ullympic sports competitions, winter family activities and more. Don't be surprised to see Ullr helmets throughout the year in Breckenridge, including during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
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.
Completely new for 2015, the Breckenridge Time Trial will test all of a rider’s skills and will produce a truly worthy winner.
The 8.5 mile time trial starts out flat for the pure time trialists. Then it’s back onto the climb up Moonstone road, still fresh in the pain file from the day before, for a test of climbing skills. Finally, the race could be won or lost going downhill this day, as racers will push the limits on the Boreas Pass descent to shave seconds off their time. Whoever wins will certainly be a racer who can hammer the flats, dance up the climbs, and carve down the descents.