HIGHER GROUND

After years in Boulder and then Denver, the Rocky Mountain Bicycle Festival is making the climb to a more fitting clime this year, to coin-cide with the grueling Leadville 100 bike race. “I couldn’t be happier to be joining forces with the Leadville community,” says festival director Carol Johnson. “There’s going to be a lot of bike lovers in town this weekend, and a lot of excitement around both the race and the festival. They’re completely independent of each other but absolutely complementary events.”

The $5 admission fee that gets you into Lake County High School’s Leiter Ballfield, 1000 West Sixth Street in Leadville, benefits both LIVESTRONG (Lance Armstrong is planning to compete in the Leadville 100 again this year) and the ten-year anniversary restoration project on Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail. Show the locals some love — Black Sheep Bikes (Fort Collins), Zinn Cycles (Boulder), Victoria Cycles (Salida) and Erikson Cycles (Steamboat Springs) are among the exhibitors from around the world — and plan to get gritty with dirt demos on the new Lake County Pump Track. Bring the kids, too: Children twelve and under get in free, and Boulder’s Cycle Tykes will be giving pre-peloton workshops for all the little Lances and Lancettes.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. For more information, go to www.rockymountainbicycleshow.com.
Fri., Aug. 13; Sat., Aug. 14, 2010

 
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