To celebrate summer we need just a few things.
A beautiful mountain setting with green grass, granite mountains, and the crisp clear high altitude air.
Add some people to have fun with and who like to play with all sorts of bikes, costumes, and who also have a great sense of humor and compassion.
Finally, add food vendors, caffeinated late-night milk shakes, the occasional lemonade stand, friendly neighborhoods and an ‘End of Crested Butte Bike Week Celebratory’ atmosphere in Crested Butte Colorado.
It seems like all the ingredients are here for an incredible celebration. Maybe you should be here too!
The 9th Annual Bridges of the Butte 24-Hour Townie Tour rolls through Crested Butte on June 29th – 30th from 3:00pm to 3:00pm. This ride brings together more than 300 people to celebrate bicycles, bridges, Crested Butte lifestyle, and the Adaptive Sports Center’s work with people who have disabilities.
In its simplest form, Bridges is a bike ride through Crested Butte. Riders haul ass down Elk Avenue, root through the Art’s Center Base Camp, and cross five of the Town’s bridges in an event that creates a scholarship fund for Adaptive’s clientele.
Once you experience the event, you learn it is much more than a bike ride.
This event brings out families, young kids, old kids, and the community gets involved with porch-side cheering sections. Teams get together of two to twenty-four or more. And some people ride this solo–for all twenty-four hours. We should mention that the norm is to be in costume. In 2012, there was a school of fish who rode–bikes decked out in plastic wrap and beautifully crafted fish heads.
New for 2013 is a personalized pledge page, pledge incentives, food vendors, and, as always, a great after party for anyone who can still stand.
It’s the best sleep depriving event on Earth.
How can you join the fun?
You can ride! You can volunteer! You can sponsor with cash! You can be a food vendor!
Seriously consider riding. Even if for an hour. Check out this link here.
And if you volunteer for two or more course marshal shifts, you ride for free. Volunteers really do make this event special and safe. Volunteers are used at the registration table, as lap counters, as course marshals and more. Consider offering a few moments to support riders then ride yourself. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Emily.
Food vendors are requested–and if you are a Colorado licensed vendor jump on in by contacting Emily now. You won’t have to be open all 24 hours though expect a late-night rush.
Alright, will we see you out there? Race Townie will have two riders on course for the 24 hours. And once you experience the 24 hour cycle of Crested Butte — you will never be the same.
(we are not yet sure if that is a good thing )