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Seven Tips For Enjoying Velorama, Even If You Can't Figure Out What It Is

Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie will headline Velorama, a three-day music festival.
Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie will headline Velorama, a three-day music festival. Wilco's Facebook page
The new Velorama Festival is like a craft cocktail, pairing seemingly disparate but intriguing components. In this case, those ingredients are a music festival, a professional bike race and a flea market. The race began today, August 10, in Colorado Springs, but the festival itself will descend on RiNo on Friday, August 11, and festivities run through the weekend. Here are seven tips on how to navigate your Velorama experience.

click to enlarge Death Cab for Cutie - MILES CHRISINGER
Death Cab for Cutie
Miles Chrisinger
The music acts
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.
click to enlarge Top-tier cyclists will compete in the Colorado Classic. - THINKSTOCK FILE PHOTO
Top-tier cyclists will compete in the Colorado Classic.
Thinkstock file photo
How to sound knowledgeable about the Colorado Classic
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.

click to enlarge RiNo's taps will be flowing with special Velorama deals and events. - COURTESY OF RATIO BEERWORKS
RiNo's taps will be flowing with special Velorama deals and events.
Courtesy of Ratio Beerworks
Speaking of booze...
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.

click to enlarge Do these guys bike faster than policemen? We'll find out this weekend. - GOFUNDME
Do these guys bike faster than policemen? We'll find out this weekend.
Not just the pros are racing
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).


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Lila Thulin recently graduated from Stanford University, where she earned a Human Biology degree with a minor in Creative Writing (she also learned to bike no-handed). She’s an aficionado of libraries, bagels and art in all forms; she covers the latter as a Westword intern.
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