By Audrey Dwyer

Events scheduled during the 2015 USA Pro Challenge will showcase the character of Steamboat Springs with a wide variety of arts and culture.

“We wanted to make an effort to show the robust arts and culture scene that exists here in Steamboat and how much we value that,” said Sarah Leonard, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association special events and sponsorship director and a member of the local organizing committee for events outside the race.

Saturday Aug. 15:

• 7:30 a.m. Go Ride Steamboat — Steamboat Ski Resort base area

• 5 p.m. Team presentations — Howelsen Hill

• 7:30 p.m. Free Summer Concert Series concert: The Jeff Austin Band — Howelsen Hill

Sunday, Aug. 16:

• Noon. Bike Festival opens — Yampa Avenue

• Noon to 2 p.m. Loose Change — Festival Stage, Seventh Street and Yampa Avenue

• 4:30 to 6 p.m. Throwdown rock cover band — Festival Stage

• 6 p.m. Festival closes — downtown

Monday, Aug. 17:

• 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Yoga on Yampa — Seventh Street and Yampa Avenue

• 10:30 a.m. Bike Festival opens on Yampa Street

• 11 a.m. Maxxis Stunt Show — Festival Stage, Seventh Street and Yampa Avenue

• 11:25 a.m. Start ceremonies begin on Lincoln Avenue

• 11:40 a.m. Official start of the USA Pro Challenge Stage 1

• Noon. Strider races on Lincoln Avenue

• 1 to 2 p.m. The Crane Wives — Festival Stage

• 2:15 p.m. Dave and Brad live — Festival Stage

• 2:30 p.m. Maxxis Stunt Show — Festival Stage

• 3:45 Race finish

• 4 p.m. Awards Ceremony — Festival Stage

• 5 p.m. Festival closes

Tuesday, Aug 18:

• 9:30 a.m. Start Village opens — Steamboat Ski Resort base area

• 10:40 a.m. Start ceremonies begin

• 10:55 a.m. Race starts — downtown

• 11:25 a.m. Bike Festival closes

For seven consecutive days, Aug. 17 to 23, some of the world’s top athletes will race though Colorado with Stage 1 and the start of Stage 2 set in Steamboat Springs.

The weekend’s festivities in Steamboat begin Saturday, Aug. 15 and end Tuesday, Aug. 18. USA Pro Challenge-related activities range from community bike rides, bike polo, live music, yoga, a special kids zone on Yampa Avenue, presentations and lectures, a Maxxis Stunt Show and more.

The All Arts Festival, which runs Monday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 16, will be another major event going on alongside the Pro Challenge, which Leonard says will highlight the high level of local and national artistic talent.

For music, the Emerald City Opera will have a number of performances throughout town, and the Strings Music Festival will host Chris Botti in concert Wednesday, Aug. 12. On Saturday, Aug. 15, the Jeff Austin Band will be the headliner for the final Free Summer Concert series show at the Howelsen Hill Amphitheater.

“It’s just so amazing to see all the different aspects of Steamboat from arts and culture to our ranching heritage to athletics with both road and mountain biking and trail running,” said Kara Stroller, Steamboat Springs Chamber marketing director and co-chair of the local organizing committee. “There is something for everyone in Steamboat, and this weekend is really showing that.”

Although the event is primarily centered around biking, the organizing committee wanted to take more of a holistic approach to USA Pro Challenge events.

“It’s important to show these different assets because all eyes of the nation and world will be on Steamboat,” Leonard said.

Putting Steamboat Springs in the spotlight through the USA Pro Challenge is publicity that Stoller said couldn’t ever be purchased, offering an incredible venue for marketing Steamboat as a vacation destination while also showcasing it as Bike Town USA.

“There won’t be a dull moment all week because there will be plenty to do for everyone, and it’s a really exciting time to show the world what a great destination Steamboat is,” Leonard added.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

Via:: Steamboat Today

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