USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the top 5 ways to get your blood moving this weekend

USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the top 5 ways to get your blood moving this weekend

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge concludes this weekend with Stage 4 today from Avon to Steamboat Springs, Stage 5 tomorrow from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge, and Stage 6 on Sunday from Golden to Denver. Feeling inspired to get some adrenaline of your own pumping? Read on for our top 5 picks for This Weekend in Stoke...

Fish On! The Colorado Mountain Club presents the local stop of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival tonight (Friday) at 6 p.m. at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, 633 South Broadway, where they'll be showing a dozen wild flicks including the fly fishing epic Eastern Rises.

Eastern Rises | teaser from felt soul media on Vimeo.

Bring your combat boots! If recent events like the Warrior Dash at Copper Mountain are any indication, dirty-minded Coloradoans just can't get enough of crawling around through grit and grime in the name of endurance competition. The first wave of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Mud Run MS 10K obstacle course starts muckraking at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Mary Jane base in Winter Park. Registration is $60 per person plus a $100 fundraising minimum.

The Bad Apples won the Denver Roller Dolls' 2010 Season Championship bout and will defend the title on Saturday
The Bad Apples won the Denver Roller Dolls' 2010 Season Championship bout and will defend the title on Saturday
Photo by John Decker, courtesy Denver Roller Dolls

Rollin', rollin, rollin, keep them dollies rollin'! The four hometown teams in the Denver Roller Dolls roller derby league -- Bad Apples, Electrocuties, Green Barrettes and Shotgun Betties -- battle it out on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the Season Championship at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield. Consider it a warmup for even bigger things still to come in the post-season: The Denver Roller Dolls' Mile High Club traveling team is ranked 3rd heading into the "Bridgetown Brawl" Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) West Region Playoffs next month in Portland, OR. The Dolls will also be hosting the 2011 WFTDA Championship tournament at the 1stBank Center in November, and will be sending two of the league's star skaters -- Heather Juska and Tracy "Disco" Akers -- to represent Team USA at the first-ever Roller Derby World Cup in Toronto in December.

Praise Venus! The cycling gods in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge begin the final stage from Golden to Denver on Sunday (see below), but first you might want to spend some time with the goddesses: The 4th annual Venus de Miles, "Colorado's Only All-Women's Road Ride," takes off from Longmont's Prospect Park with a 100-mile ride starting at 7 a.m., followed by 67-mile (7:15 a.m.), 51-mile (8 a.m.), and 33-mile (9 a.m.) course options. The goddesses humbly request that you leave the yellow jersey mentality to the guys: "Venus de Miles is a lot of things -- a celebration of sisterhood, support for Greenhouse Scholars, and crazy fun -- but one thing it's not is a race. So, don't be afraid to walk your bike up that hill, stop to listen to a band and, most importantly, enjoy yourself." Last-minute registration is $129 and benefits the Greenhouse Scholars program.

Tour de Denver! Last but certainly not least, the USA Pro Cycling challenge concludes with Stage 6 leaving Golden at 10:45 a.m., headed for Denver's Civic Center Park. And if that Tour de France tradition of not attacking the yellow jersey leader on the final day always struck you as a bit, well, un-American, race organizers are assuring spectators they're in for a battle: "That tradition will get no respect on the final day of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge," according to the Stage 6 spectator's guide. "In all likelihood, there will be several riders within a few seconds of the yellow jersey. There will be attacks throughout the day." Grab a spot near the start line in downtown Golden, post up on Lookout Mountain to watch the climb or head to Civic Center Park to watch the climactic finale, then stick around for an epic after-party.

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