The lineup is stacked. Country-tinged alt-rockers Wilco headline Friday, after La Santa Cecilia and the New Pornographers open at 8:30 p.m., and introspective indie-rock group Death Cab for Cutie plays Saturday at 8:30 p.m., preceded by Tennis and Saint Motel. Sunday's acts include a variety of Colorado musicians from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rob Drabkin at 5 p.m., the Jayhawks at 6:15 p.m., and the Old 97's at 7:30 p.m.
Pro biking is technical stuff, but here's a basic summary. The Colorado Classic is a four-stage race that will take competitors (there are a variety of men's and women's age groups, as well as a junior division) over 313 miles and climb over 20,000 feet in altitude. The third stage of the men's race uses RiNo as home base, heads up to Gilpin County and then circles back downtown. The women will do a circuit race in RiNo on Friday. At Velorama, you will likely be sipping a brew right beside some of the world's top cyclists.
RiNo's a brewery hotbed, and the Drink RiNo group is offering plenty of opportunities to imbibe. Epic Brewery's patio will host a sixteen-foot video-game screen, courtesy of DreamHack. Urban winery Infinite Monkey Theorem will offer $5 cans of wine all weekend and will host a recording of Lance Armstrong's podcast, Stages. Ratio Beerworks will debut its outdoor bar (featuring a 100-foot mural and spray-misters to relieve you from the heat), put on a free silent disco starting at 9 p.m. Friday, and launch a new beer called Float On, Hefeweizen (with notes of banana and clove). Mockery's special is $3 Wish You Were Here blonde ale all weekend as well as two new beers to sample, American Wheat with Orange Zest and Rye Rock the F*ck on Forever IPA. To find out about other deals, just barhop through the twelve blocks of Velorama.
Making cycling accessible (and entertaining) for those of us without quads of steel, Velorama will host some more lighthearted races. Police and firemen will face off on one of the pro courses in the Battle of the Badges, Saturday from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., at Summit Church. Mayor Michael Hancock will lead children in a bike parade at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, starting at the Colorado Classic start line, Walnut and 30th streets. And if you miss the tykes, check out the trikes at the Adult Trike Race (you can also get a half-off ticket if you register).