Biking Blast

In 2001, when Breckenridge's Firecracker 50 bike race was born, it was a rather modest undertaking — a fun way to begin the town's annual Independence Day parade. But last year's series of rides, which range from a fourteen-miler designed for regular folks to a fifty-mile challenge for top wheelers, attracted hundreds of cyclists from far-flung locales. According to director Jeff Westcott, "We had 25 states and three countries represented" — and he's expecting a bigger mix at today's edition, because the competition will serve as USA Cycling's national championship in the marathon discipline. "Ten people will be given their stars-and-stripes national-championship jerseys by the end of the day," Westcott notes. "But you don't have to be a national championship-caliber rider to participate."

The peddling begins at 11 a.m. at Colorado Freeride, 114 North Main Street in Breckenridge. Registration fees are $50 to $75 for individuals and begin at $120 for teams. Get details at 1-970-390-4760 or www.mavsports.com.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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