Crested Butte Community Events June 2015 – From the desk of David Ochs – CB Chamber Director
Once again the true color and flavor of Crested Butte hit the streets of Elk Avenue as we welcomed Ride the Rockies this past Wednesday.  What a day it was!  No rain, a dreamy June blue sky day, four local bands, local vendors in the bike industry and bike organizations, local food vendors, and of course the backdrop and businesses only Elk Avenue can provide were a HUGE hit for our guests, visitors, and locals alike.  I saw a lot of smiles out there, and heard a lot of comment about these folks coming back to see us again.  They were blown away!  You did it again Crested Butte!  Let’s continue to show these good people coming what we are all about.
Up next its CB Bike Week and we have some changes in store.  Full schedule of events below and at, and we could use your help in some areas if interested in volunteering.  We have parties and prizes coming with each event and those who lend a helping hand can receive free entry into the events, libations, prizes, and plenty of swag.  Call Eliza or Dave at the Chamber if you want to help out, or have any questions. MOST IMPORTANT for you local folks…. Tickets for the Chainless are moving fast, and will sell out at 300. Online reg will close on Thursday, June 25th at 9:00am.  You can register day of at the Chamber, but it could be sold out in advance!  See below for tickets, registration, and event info.
The 35th Annual Crested Butte Bike Week!  June 25th – 28tth presented by Oskar Blues Brewing
ALL info and Event Registrations can be found at
Thursday (6/25/15)
gO Clinic ($25.00)
9:00am – 4:00pm
Meet behind Crested Butte/ Mt. CB Chamber of Commerce for
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Women’s Specific mountain bike clinics
Mountain Bike Films & CBMBA Appreciation Night ($10.00)
Chainless and FT40 Reg. and Bib Pickup
7:00pm – Doors Open
Majestic Theater, all proceeds go to CBMBA, Oskar Blues Beer served
Local Amateur movies are coming in and it’s going to be an incredible evening! Come down to renew your CBMBA annual dues and support the club!  Trent Bona will also feature a ‘real time’ making of a local trail, showing the before and after and what it takes to make shreddy track!  Come out to support CBMBA, see these sweet local made movies, register for the Chainless and FT 40, and support a hard working and incredible local Club!
Friday (6/26/15)
World Champion Chainless Race($25.00)
10:00-12:00– Bike Drop off, Number pickup, Reg, Chamber of Commerce Parking Lot
2:30-3:30pm– Mt. Express Participant Pick up/Drop off, 6th and Elk Ave.
3:00pm– Oskar Blues Beer served with live music by Ruby Chief at 1st and Elk Ave/ Parking Lot
3:45-4:15pm– Kids Chainless Race, bench to 1st and Elk Ave. (free – sign a waiver at 1st and Elk Parking lot, or at the Chamber/Chainless registration)
4:20pm– Chainless Race, top of Kebler to 1st and Elk Ave.
5:00-7:00pm-Chainless party, awards and live music by Black Ice Drive
Come out early to get a good spot for viewing the Chainless, and this year you can buy an Oskar Blues Beer in the venue and bring it to your viewing spot!  Ruby Chief is playing, kids chainless race… we’ll entertain you while you wait for the spectacle!  Do remember, if you want to win the Chainless, keep it real!  The original Chainless was about riding your ‘townie’ up to Kebler, taking off the chain, and coasting down.  Those contesting the ‘win’ should be on a bike and in the tradition of the origins of this classic race!
Oskar Blues Brewery Beer Dinner ($45.00)
7:30pm– 4 course meal at Coal Creek Grill, a different Oskar Blues Beer served with each course
Price includes tax and gratuity, creek side seating available
Saturday (6/27/15)
Fat Tire 40 ($65.00)
6:00 – 7:00 Bib pickup – (no day of reg)
8:00am– Bike Race, start/finish town park
12:00-4:30pm– Food and beer served
Bridges of the Butte
12:00-12:00pm– Relay marathon (24hrs)
See for more information!
Sunday (6/28/15)
CBMR Gravity Slave Downhill Race
See for more information!
CB Connection
CB Connection
Elk Ave Closures for Friday, June 19th, 2015
Friday, June 19: Elk Avenue closed from 6th St Westward to the 0 Block, Elk Avenue will reopen Friday afternoon
Friday, June 19-Saturday, June 20: Chip sealing will take place on the following streets: Whiterock: 0 Block-1st,
Butte: 2nd-4th and 6th-8th, Teocalli: 6th-7th, Maroon: 7th-8th, Elk: 6th-East end of street, Treasury and Aspen
Hill Roads, Red Lady: 6th-Highway and 7th-9th.
Please Park off street and beware of wet tar on those days.
Crested Butte Kickers present the 21st Annual Co-Ed Soccer Tournament
June 27th and 28th – Rainbow Park and the CB Community School.  Teams coming from all over Colorado and all proceeds go to the Crested Butte Youth Soccer Program. See the attached poster for more details –  CB Kickers – Soccer Tournament
Annual Alpineer Fathers Day Sale – June 19th – 21st
You know what it’s all about – get down there to save, save, save and look ahead to whatever gear and items you need for the coming year, and great gift ideas!
Cattlemen’s Days Tough Enough To Wear Pink 2015 Events
Singer/Songwriter Concert & Auction 
Featuring Dean Dillon, Tim Nichols & Jefferey Steele
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 5:30pm
Mountaineer Square Conference Center

  • 5:00pm – VIP Meet and Greet Dinner at Elevation Mt. Crested Butte
  • 5:30pm – Cash Bar, Lite Hors D’oeuvres and Silent Auction at the Mountaineer Square Ballroom
  • 7:00 pm – Singer/Songwriter Concert and Auction

General Admission $75.00.  (VIP Tickets & Table are sold out).
Tickets available at the Chambers of Commerce in Crested Butte and Gunnison or at
#1 Tough Enough To Wear Pink PRCA Rodeo 
Thursday, July 9th at 7:00 pm
Gunnison Rodeo Grounds – Come on down for the fun and WEAR PINK!!
Rodeo Tickets go on sale at the booth at The Gunnison Bank on July 1st.
The booth is open from 9-5.  Tickets may also be purchased at the main gate before each rodeo.
General Admission Tickets-$15.00
Grandstand Tickets -$20.00
Bridges of the Butte 24-Hour Townie Tour—June 27 & 28, 2015 Noon to Noon
Bridges of the Butte 24-Hour Townie Tour, a Crested Butte style bike-a-thon has become an iconic event that kicks off the summer and raises over $40,000 for the ASC scholarship fund. The scholarship fund enables people with disabilities to participate in life-changing outdoor adventure activities.  This event sells out with 300 riders (don’t miss out—Register now!) a full third of whom come from out of town to participate.
Safety is a central value of the Adaptive Sports Center and is a high priority for all ASC activities and events. A major tenant in the safety plan for Bridges of the Butte is the closure of parking for the south side of Elk Ave from 2nd to 5th for the entirety of the event. The ASC thanks you in advance for your amazing support of this event and understanding in the need to close the parking on this section of Elk. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Girdwood or 349-5075 x104.
Bridges of the Butte relies on the support of the dedicated people who come out and volunteer each year. Volunteers are needed to fill many roles including but not limited to course marshals to keep the riders safe, basecamp volunteers to count laps and support the riders and breakdown volunteers to clean up the course. To volunteer please click here! 
Help RMBL Celebrate the Opening of the Gothic Community Center
The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory would like to thank the community and many local businesses for helping us complete our beautiful new Community Center! Please join us in Gothic to celebrate on Thursday, June 25th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm for refreshments, music, and a ribbon cutting ceremony.  Take advantage of the free Mountain Express bus to Gothic. For more information, visit our website We hope to see you there!
Also join RMBL for:

  • Kids Nature Camp (June 8 – August 14)
  • Free Gothic tours from our Visitor Center (11am daily through the end of August)
  • Science Tours led by RMBL scientists (9 am to 1 pm on Thursdays from July 9 through the end of August)
  • Ice cream at the Gothic Store (10 am – 5 pm every day through the end of September)

Powerade Pinnacle Mountain Bike Race Series is BACK!!!  Sponsored by Griggs Orthopedics and allows for Free Registration for all
Now in its 18th year, the Powerade Pinnacle Mountain Bike Race Series continues to be a summer staple at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR). The Evolution Bike Park offers the perfect race venue, allowing both cross-country and downhill events for dirt racing enthusiasts of all kinds. The weekly race series begins July 1, 2015 and continues over five consecutive Wednesday evenings through July 29.
Thanks to a continued partnership with Griggs Orthopedics, each race is free for all riders; cross-country, downhill and kids along with free food, drinks, and raffle prizes after each race. The focus is to continue to grow mountain bike racing in the Gunnison Valley, while enhancing the development of riders throughout the region in both the gravity and endurance disciplines.
1% Sunset Wildflower Hike
Want to learn more about 1% for Open Space?  Want to learn more about early season wildflowers and wildflower succession?  See the attached poster to learn how.  1% Hike Info
Attention Runners!
To celebrate the summer solstice the Crested Butte Mountain Runners will host a twilight run and cookout this Friday June 19th, starting at 7.30pm.
The run will start at the Walrod Gulch trailhead on Cement Creek road and then follow the road up to the Homeowners trail and then down to Pioneer Guest Ranch. The course then crosses Cement Creek road and onto trail 409 (the caves trail) and climbs up past the caves to trail 418 and over to Walrod Gulch. At that point the course will turn down the road back to the start. The distance is about 6 miles on single track trail and gravel roads. To reach the start drive about 2 ½ miles up Cement Creek road to the Walrod Gulch trailhead.
After the run Brian Dale will host the 19th annual “Brian’s beer, brats, boys and babes bash” complete with beer (or soda) and brats (or veggie burgers for those so inclined), so bring warm clothing and plan to hang out around the bonfire after the run.
Registration will be at the start and the cost is $5 for non-club members. Membership for the full season is $25.
For more information, please call Martin at 349-5326 or go to
32nd Annual Grin and Bear It Trail Run
Early registration for the 32nd Annual Grin and Bear It ends TODAY Friday, June 19th.  Crested Butte’s classic trail running race, from town to Green Lake and back, will be held on Saturday, July 18th, at 9 a.m. and is a fundraiser for the Crested Butte Nordic Team.  This year, the race is part of the Eddyline Brewing Trail Running Series.  For more information and to register, visit
Center For the Arts – Center Stage Weekly
A couple of highlights:
·   Alpenglow begins this week! Please note the first one is in CB South
·   Guests are really going to appreciate the Plein Air Painting series Suzanne Pierson is doing at the Art Studio. It’s outside, it’s every week, and you can drop into one or several. Perfect.
·   Paint Your Own Pottery is open for the summer! Great for families on a rainy day or to make a homemade souvenir.
·   Middle School classes – the Art Studio is doing a special series of two-day workshops for Middle School students that starts this week and continues through the summer. Super cool topics.   Center Stage Weekly
Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley
Hello Gunnison Valley Nonprofits!
A MIDWEEK AFTER HOURS FOR NONPROFITS – CFGV wants to thank you for your amazing work.  We’ll provide your first drink! The “program” will be “Giving & Getting” – if you have a surplus item to give away, a handicapped-accessible meeting room you could loan, etc, let us know; and if you need something, let us know.
·       JUNE 25th at CRESTED BUTTE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 4:30pm (need an RSVP)
·       JULY 1 at the GUNNISON ARTS CENTER AT 4:30pm (need an RSVP)
·       Tuesday, August 18, at 8:30am.  Program – MANAGING DIFFICULT PEOPLE IN MEETINGS– Katie Dix.  (I can relate to this, can you?)
·       Monday, October 19th in Montrose
·       The exciting BOARD AND STAFF WORKSHOP on fundraising we’ve been talking about for months
·       If your nonprofit board isn’t raising all the money it could – indeed, if your board isn’t raising any money at all – you are not alone.  In the workshop we’ll discuss the reasons why and outline strategies to turn things around.
·       Andy Robinson – THE guru on the topic – coming in from NY just for us!  Go here to find out more about Andy:
o   START NOW to get your BOARD to commit!!!  Consider bringing a TEAM of board members – (like your fundraising committee!!)
·       Registration and more information later.  Just mark it on your calendar now – you really don’t want to miss this one!