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WHAT: Start Festival. Live music, food, New Belgium beer, cycling goods, bike demos, kids zone and JumboTron with rider interviews and highlights from last year’s Challenge.
WHERE: Fort Lewis College
WHEN: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHAT: Pro Challenge Experience Citizens Bicycle Ride. The Big Ride is 72.75 miles and will start in downtown Durango with a loop of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge start route. Riders then will head out to Wildcat Canyon before returning to Durango and on to Durango Mountain Resort. They will return to Durango by U.S. Highway 550 with a final climb to the finish festival at FLC. The Durango-to-DMR ride is a shorter, 45-mile option, with a finish festival at the ski resort.
WHEN: 7 a.m.
WHERE: Downtown Durango
What: True West Railfest. Quick draw and Western vendors.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Durango train depot
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: 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
WHERE: Durango Arts Center
WHAT: Human Fuel Lab. Jeff Vierling explores how to fuel for endurance sports.
WHEN: 2-3 p.m.
WHERE: Boiler Room Theatre at Durango Discovery Museum
WHAT: Amateur Challenge. Kids can show off their favorite wheels and test their strength on the Power Cycles.
WHEN: 3-5 p.m.
WHERE: Powerhouse Plaza at Durango Discovery Museum
WHAT: Bike blessing
WHEN: 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Powerhouse Plaza at Durango Discovery Museum
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
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
WHAT: VIP patio. Four-course meal served with champagne. $200 per seat. Advance tickets required, available through the Fort Lewis College box office. Proceeds benefit FLC cycling team.
WHEN: 8-11 a.m.
WHERE: Guido’s restaurant, 1201 Main Ave.

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