USA Pro Cycling Challenge Durango schedule of events

With six top-tier teams in the field, the peloton likely will stay together for many stages in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Sixteen teams in all will race this year. Enlarge photo

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With six top-tier teams in the field, the peloton likely will stay together for many stages in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Sixteen teams in all will race this year.

THURSDAY, AUG. 16

WHAT: Tutu to Brew. Bike parade and beer festival from Buckley Park in downtown Durango down the Animas River Trail to Ska Brewing World Headquarters. Parade will leave Buckley Park at 5:30 p.m.

WHEN: 5:30-8 p.m.

WHERE: Buckley Park/Ska Brewing

WHAT: “The Bicycle Men,” a musical comedy about a hapless American tourist who crashes on his bicycle and encounters interesting inhabitants of a quaint French village. Tickets: $22.

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Durango Arts Center

WHAT: True West Railfest outdoor movie screening of “A Ticket to Tomahawk.”

WHEN: 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Durango train depot

FRIDAY, AUG. 17

WHAT: Bicycle sculpture dedication

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHERE: Florida Road roundabout

WHAT: “The Bicycle Men.” (See Thursday.)

WHEN: 5 p.m.

WHERE: Durango Arts Center

WHAT: Grand open house

WHEN: 5-9 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Durango

WHAT: True West Railfest outdoor movie screening of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

WHEN: 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Durango train depot

SATURDAY, AUG. 18

WHAT: It’s a Real Butte Mountain Bike Race and Trail Run. An endurance running and mountain biking race hosted by Trails 2000. For more information, visit www.trails2000.org.

WHERE: Twin Buttes

When: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

What: True West Railfest. Quick draw and Western vendors.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Durango train depot

What: Start festival. Live music, food, New Belgium beer, cycling goods for sale, bike demos, a kids zone and the JumboTron with rider interviews and highlights from the inaugural 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

WHEN: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Fort Lewis College

WHAT: Kids Bike Rodeo. Different stations for kids to highlight skills training, helmet fitting, bike maintenance, along with a photo opportunity with some of the pro cyclists.

WHERE: Fort Lewis College

WHEN: 12-3 p.m.

WHAT: Let’s Get it Started.A gala and team presentation hosted by celebrity announcers Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and Bob Roll.

WHEN: 5 p.m.

WHERE: Fort Lewis College

WHAT: “The Bicycle Men.” (See Thursday for details.)

WHEN: 5 p.m.

WHERE: Durango Arts Center

SUNDAY, AUG. 19

WHAT: Start Festival. (See Saturday.)

WHERE: Fort Lewis College

WHAT: Pro Challenge Experience Citizens Bicycle Ride. The Big Ride is a 72.75-mile ride that will start in downtown Durango with a loop of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge start. Riders then will head out to Wildcat Canyon before returning to Durango for a ride to Durango Mountain Resort. They will return to Durango by U.S. Highway 550 with a final climb to the finish festival at Fort Lewis College. The Durango-to-DMR ride is a shorter, 45-mile option, with a finish festival at the ski resort.

WHEN: 9 a.m.

WHERE: Start downtown Durango

What: True West Railfest. (See Saturday.)

WHEN: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Durango train depot

WHAT: “The Bicycle Men.” (See Thursday.)

WHEN: 2 p.m., 7 p.m.

WHERE: Durango Arts Center

WHAT: Downtown street party. Food, beer garden, dancing, live entertainment by Andrea’s Fault, Kirk James Band, Ralph Dinosaur and the High Rollers.

WHEN: 4-9 p.m.

WHERE: Main Avenue

MONDAY, AUG. 20

WHAT: Race Day Start Festival. Food, exhibits and race viewing on the JumboTron video display.

WHEN: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Durango at 12th Street and Main Avenue, and at Buckley Park.

WHAT: Opening ceremonies

WHEN: 8 a.m.

WHERE: Main Avenue

WHAT: Race start

WHEN: 10 a.m.

WHERE: Main Avenue