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Gearing up for the Pro Cycling Challenge

The story below was featured on The Breck Connection

It’s been called the most demanding bike race to ever take place on American soil and for the second year in a row the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place in Colorado with a starting stage right here in Breckenridge, one of the most bike-friendly towns in the mountains.

It’s a seven day race that covers almost 700 mile and athletes from across the globe will arrive in Colorado on August 20th ready to take on the course, the altitude and each other. This year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenges twists and turns throughout the state. Starting in Durango the route heads through picturesque cities including Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Boulder before ending in grand style in downtown Denver. The Breckenridge start will most likely be a daunting one for riders as it marks the beginning of one of the more demanding mountain stages up Hoosier Pass.

Given Breckenridge played host to a finish stage for last year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge the town is ready to do it all again this year with plenty of activities to keep the big crowds entertained.

The festivities kick off on Thursday, August 23rd with a big screen on the Riverwalk Center lawn broadcasting Stage 4 from Aspen to Beaver Creek from Noon to 4 p.m. Then, starting at 6 p.m. it’s the weekly Breckenridge Cruiser Ride, taking over the town with a different theme each week. Take it from me, if you haven’t been to one of the summer cruiser rides in Breckenridge it’s a true taste of what it means to be local and is not to be missed.

Friday, August 24th is the big day in Breck and the action kicks off bright and early at 9:30 a.m. with plenty of activities in the Start Village with autograph opportunities with the athletes. The rider ceremony will take place promptly at 9:50 and then, it’s go time. You’ll have about an hour to find a good viewing spot on Main Street before the riders start the stage with two neutral laps through downtown starting at 10:50 a.m.

From there, it’s a steep and winding ascent up Hoosier Pass where riders will be jockeying for prime position on the downhill and then it’s a straight shot through open country until they finish in Colorado Springs.

Luckily for all the spectators the fun doesn’t end when the riders take off… actually, it’s only the beginning. For those feeling all inspired by the action there is the Citizen Street Sprint happening right after the pro riders take off and there is no doubt you will be feeling like one of the elite following directly in their tire marks.

Stick around for the Ripstoke trials and mountain bike stunt show happening in the Blue River Plaza where you can also watch the rest of Stage 5 right there on the big screen. To top it all off there will be a free concert at the Riverwalk Center at 4:30 p.m. featuring Maceo Parker.

You won’t want to miss the excitement of one of the biggest athletic events in the country when the USA Pro Cycling Challenge comes to Breckenridge and who knows, you may even end up on TV given the action will be covered by NBC and Versus. So go crazy and wear that big chicken suit you’ve had in the closet for years, this may just be the perfect event to do it.

For more information on everything going on with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5 Start in Breckenridge check out the blog and Facebook page.

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Goodbye mud season, get ready for live Summit Sunrise!

If you happen to be one of those people who dream about the snow report then you should get ready to start setting your alarm to wake up with TV8 Summit for the rest of the winter.

Like most people in the county the station took a little breather during the off season but starting back on November 12th the Summit Sunrise morning show will be live six days a week with weather and snow reports, interviews, dining reviews and, most importantly, the daily Watch and Win.

What’s that you say? No access to cable TV? Well dry your eyes because Summit Sunrise is now streaming live on their website during the show so you don’t have to worry about missing any of Jeffrey Bergeron’s classic one-liners about the snow conditions.

Also make sure you check out the daily weather reports on TV8 Summit’s YouTube page. While you’re there you can click through past Summit Sunrise interviews or take a look at clips from local businesses.

So this winter, do yourself a favor and wake up with TV8 Summit for everything you need to know to start the day off right.

TV8summit’s Channel – YouTube.

Never Summer’s “Shred ‘Em All” premieres in Breckenridge

In a year that proved pivotal for pushing the boundaries of action sports films, the guys from Never Summer Snowboards will be the first to tell you they aren’t concerned with comparing themselves with some of the other production companies with big videos out this year. The riders don’t have RedBull endorsements, they didn’t fly around the world chasing powder and the missions into the backcountry weren’t accompanied by a huge crew of filmers.

20111019-124556.jpg“Shred ‘Em All” is a snowboard flick that most riders can identify with. A season spent with friends, exploring local stashes, pushing themselves not only for ‘the shot’ but rather for bragging rights at the bar later that night. A throw-back to how snowboarding films used to be before they started turning into high-definition feature films.

This Saturday, “Shred ‘Em All” makes it premiere in Breckenridge at Liquid Lounge at 520 S. Main Street.

With a healthy mix of backcountry, park and urban riding the film does a great job of highlighting what snowboarding is all about: getting creative with whatever you have to work with.

“Shred ‘Em All” also features local riders Ryan Cruze, Chris Lynch, Nick DeCicco and Jake Williams.

In typical premiere fashion, expect some giveaways, drink specials, music and lots of rowdy locals. Special thanks go out to local sponsors at KSMT, TallT Productions, TV8 Summit and Late on 8, the best place to watch late night ski and snowboard flicks in Summit County.  See you there!

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Twist arrives in Breck just in time

Truth is, some of us were getting bored.

Menus plastered outside local eateries in Breckenridge were starting to curl up at the edges, watermarks obscuring old standby options that were starting to look uninspired. We were feeling blase by overexposure to the same burgers, pizza and pasta options

Enter chef Matt Fackler and Twist, a new Ridge Street restaurant boasting an innovative take on comfort cuisine.

Having already garnered national acclaim for his Main Street restaurant, Relish, including a favorable mention in the New York Times travel section, Fackler opened Twist in June of this year.

Open for Happy Hour and dinner starting at 4p.m., Twist boast one of the best patios in town. Nestled just far enough off of Main Street, the property is situated at the perfect level for stellar mountain views and charming lights strung through the trees add a touch of romance to the casual atmosphere.  Walking through the door, the servers dressed in jeans and t-shirts let you know that there are no pretentious attitudes here.  Simple, intimate and bright, the interior of Twist seems cheery and welcoming even if there is a thunderstorm raging outside and the friendly vibe of the staff is the perfect compliment.

The menu at Twist is familiar and far reaching but in all the right ways. Classics like corn dogs and macaroni and cheese get a funky modern makeover with lots of focus on keeping many ingredients locally sourced. Dinner entrees are incredibly reasonable price wise given the quality of ingredients and the care in the preparation. Having worked in several restaurants around town I have an idea of what goes on behind the scenes and you can always tell when there are people in the kitchen that actually care about the food they are putting out.

While I have to admit I have done more visiting during Happy Hour, my favorite dinner entrees were the “fish and chips” (with amazing rosti potatoes) and the “chicken and waffles” (this wild rice waffle ‘aint yo mamas Bisquick), a must try if you ask me. Now, Happy Hour is a time I know quite well. Focusing again on the locally sourced, Twist enlisted the help of the boys over at the Breckenridge Distillery to create a watermelon infused vodka that flies off the shelves as the main player in their signature Watermelon Vodka Lemonade. It’s the perfect after-work cocktail and, if it’s been a particularly bad day at work, you can kick it up a notch to the Green Tea Martini, a personal favorite of mine.

The food served during Happy Hour is also a great deal for the price and diners will be pleasantly surprised with the softshell crab sandwich, the clam strips (ask for extra tartar sauce, it’s awesome!), sweet potato fries or the shrimp “cocktail” with seaweed salad. Neil and Tom at the bar are great for conversation or a menu recommendation and there is plenty of local flavor around the bar during the after-work rush.

Twist is a welcomed addition to the Breckenridge restaurant scene and given the man in charge isn’t afraid to shake things up a bit, I’m excited to see the menu change with the seasons, a sure way to keep the local foodies interested.

Polish up those Viking horns, it’s time for Ullr Fest

Some people may have never heard of Ullr, but here in Breckenridge the Norse God of snow is a pretty big deal.

For the past  48 years, Breckenridge has devoted a whole week to celebrating Ullr (pronounced Oool-er) with massive bonfires, meandering pub crawls, heart-pumping mountaineering challenges and rowdy parades.  Ullr has been very good to Breckenridge so far this season, dropping a total of 226 inches on the mountain with even more snow forecasted for later this week.

Festival activities kick-off tonight with a bonfire at the Gold Run Nordic Center  at 5:30 p.m. where the official King and Queen of Ullr Fest will be crowned. The bonfire is a free event with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Make sure you dress warmly though, overnight temperatures are expected to dip down to -10 so you might want to treat yourself to some Ullr Schnapps to keep your toes warm.

The Ullympics will take over Carter Park on Wednesday, January 12th, with co-ed teams competing in crazy competitions like the frying pan toss and the retro ski relay. Athletic skills are not required and participation is free so why not go make a fool of yourself with your closest friends? Did I mention there are prizes? Check out www.gobreck.com for more info on how to register.

As a former contestant of the Ullr Dating Game put on by KSMT- The Mountain radio, I can honestly say it’s an event you don’t want to miss and this year it is going down on Wednesday night at Cecilias night club. Both locals and visitors alike are encouraged to participate, and liquid courage is in no short supply at one of the busiest bars in Breck.

If the Ullypics seems like child’s play, maybe you’re ready for a bigger challenge. In its second year, the Breckenridge Ascent Series is not for the faint of heart and a fair amount of on-mountain training is encouraged for anyone daring enough to participate. The challenge is to summit five peaks, with skins, snowshoes, pogo sticks or whatever you want to use but you must have a snowboard or a pair skis to get back down. It’s an early start for those interested in participating (5:45 a.m. on Wednesday!) but registering early gets you a little price cut on the registration fee. For more information check out www.townofbreckenridge.com.

Even though Ullr Fest is packed with events, the true culmination seems to be the parade down Main Street on Thursday afternoon. This year’s theme for Ullr Fest is “Still Crazy After All Of These Years” and the buzz around town is that the floats this year are going to be all-out ridiculous. It’s almost a guarantee that at least one float will feature scantily clad locals, and you can expect lots of Viking hats, beads, candy and costumes. Even Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel was spotted on a float a couple of years back, so you never know what you might see coming down Main Street.

For more information on everything Ullr Fest you can check out www.gobreck.com, and make sure you get your butt up to Breckenridge because the festivities only come around once a year.

Pray for snow!!