Winter Park, Colorado started out as two small settlements in the south-eastern corner of the state in the 1930s: Old Town and Hideaway Park. In their humble beginnings, the two towns featured a saloon, a garage, and a nightclub in addition to the 26 tourist cabins and a small café that were part of the first resort in the area, “Doc’s Place.”
Today, Winter Park is a vacation destination attracting thousands each year. People from all corners of the globe come to partake in the variety of recreational activities available in the area, as well as to appreciate the breathtaking landscapes and fresh mountain air that can’t be found anywhere else. And despite its name, the area is a year round attraction, featuring a variety of events in the summer months, not just in the winter.
In July, you can retreat into the mountains to enjoy the Rendezvous Mountain Bike Capital USA Weekend. But before you go, be sure to get some new sunglass replacement lenses for 25% off with our exclusive Oakley discount code #LenzFlipOut, valid July 1 through July 8th.
On July 9th and 10th, Winter Park will host a free Mountain Bike Weekend. You won’t want to miss out on this amazing, fun-filled event. In addition to a weekend full of biking in the beautiful Colorado mountains, attendees will also enjoy live music, great food, and more!
The events will kick off Saturday with a Free Bike Skills Camp. Participants will get the opportunity to hit the trails with the one and only Alison Powers! The retired racing cyclist participated in more than her fair share of races and championships during her career before retiring in late 2014. She was the first American rider to simultaneously be a National Champion in all three road cycling disciplines: Criterium, Road, and Time trial. And on July 9th from 9:30am-12:30pm, she will be joining in the fun and sharing her knowledge with all who show up for her exclusive Skills Camp.
Although the camp starts at 9:30 you’ll want to get there early to get the most out of the experience. The day will start off at 8am with strong balance exercises. Following the early morning warm-up activity, participants will be placed into skill groups in preparation for the camp which will include individualized coaching lessons to address the following topics:
Following the lessons, participants are invited to enjoy complimentary lunch and drinks from 12:30-2:00pm. During lunch, Alison Powers will address the crowd and share more of her wisdom before hitting the trails for the ride-alongs from 2:00-4:00pm. Camp participants will also receive an exclusive gift and be entered into in a giveaway.
In addition to the free camp, Saturday’s festivities will also include the Epic Singletrack Race. This Mountain Bike Racing series is made up of six races at different locations throughout the state from June through August. The Race Rendezvous is the third installment in the series. If you’re interested in signing up, you can do so online at www.epicsingletrack.com.
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Along with all of the other activities of the Mountain Bike Weekend, the various bike vendors will be in attendance from 1:00-4:00pm offering exclusive deals to those at the event.
If you’re not up to riding but still want to participate in Saturday’s festivities, then the Tequila & Taco’s event may be right up your alley. The Fiesta runs from 1:00-4:00pm and will feature over 30 different tequilas to try including Sauza, Hornitos, Exotico, and more! There will also be local taco vendors providing food for all those in attendance, and live music for all to enjoy.
Sunday morning the fun will continue with a free Yoga class from 9 to 10 in the Hideaway Park. Following the class, discounted Winter Park Resort and Granby Ranch tickets will be available for purchase. Winter Park Resort offers both Summer and Winter Season Passes that give access to a variety of activities including mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, alpine slides, and more! Now is a great time to get your season passes so you can enjoy the rest of the summer, and prepare to hit the slopes on the first snowfall of the winter.
The Rendezvous Mountain Bike Capital USA Weekend is part of the Odell Brewing Co. Summer Concert Series. Some additional events that are part of the series include High-Note Thursdays, the Winter Park Jazz Festival, the Leftover Salmon’s SolShine Festival, and the Winter Park Music Festival.
High-Note Thursdays is a weekly event presented by Real Estate of Winter Park featuring a mix of musical stylings from local artists. Some of the upcoming acts include Bullethead (Van Halen Tribute Band) on July 7th, Dirty Femmes on July 14th, and Soul Sacrifice (Santana Tribute Band) on July 21st. If you’re looking to discover some new, up-and-coming artists then this event will be right up your alley.
The Leftover Salmon’s SolShine Festival is another event you won’t want to miss. Presented by Devil’s Thumb Ranch from August 11th through August 13, the lineup will include DeadPhish Orchestra, Leftover Salmon, Gipsy Moon, and more!
If you’re looking for some unique activities, you should definitely check out the events happening this summer at Winter Park. And remember, even in the mountains the sun shines hot, so get your sunglass replacement lenses now with our exclusive Oakley discount code #LenzFlipOut valid July 1 - 8.