Haute Route Rockies races will hit Avon soon
Carving through the heartland of American cycling, the Mavic Haute Route Rockies, will be in Avon Monday through Wednesday. The Haute Route is a global series of stage races for amateurs. Whether it is in the Colorado Rockies, French Alps, Pyrenees or Italian Dolomites, these races are often called the highest, toughest and most prestigious amateur cycling events in the world. Colorado is proud to host the inaugural seven-stage race featuring an unforgettable combination of jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking climbs, offering committed amateur riders the opportunity to compete with a professional level of unprecedented in U.S. amateur cycling.
Avon will welcome riders Monday as they complete a 95 mile ride from Winter Park, winding from Wolcott east through Edwards and Avon, finishing in Harry A. Nottingham Park.
On Tuesday, the individual time trial will begin, with athletes leaving the park starting area in timed intervals beginning at 9 a.m. The community is invited to cheer the riders out to Traer Creek Plaza and back onto Swift Gulch Road.
PARTY IN THE PARK
The park is expected to be abuzz from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday with festivities, live music, a vendor village and food and drink available for purchase.
The acclaimed Austin Bike Zoo will begin to construct zoo animals, which are larger than life creatures assembled on bicycles. The ever-growing menagerie of giant, playful, interactive, hand-build creatures include an 80-foot rattlesnake, a flurry of giant butterflies, a fanciful owl, majestic bald eagle and a bicycle carousel that can carry a dozen people at once. The zoo animals lead a parade on the Nottingham Park paths beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the impromptu parade.
A Bike Rodeo and Safety with a Cop, sponsored by Sun & Ski and the Avon Police Department, will be featured for children of all ages from 5 to 6:45 p.m.
Live music will take place on the Performance Pavilion with Rewind Colorado performing. Food will be available for purchase.
The fun continues on Tuesday in Nottingham Park from 5 to 8 pm., with First Chair performing at the Pavilion.
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