‘Golden, Colorado is home to the final stage start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Sunday August 28, 2011. Golden will be the most coveted spot of the entire week-long race, because racers will pass through downtown Golden three times before heading to Denver for the finale.’ Via the LOC Welcome to Golden: Where the West Bikes!
I may be biased, since Golden is my hometown, but this particular stage of the Pro Cycling Challenge is going to be my favorite. Colorado is well-known for its outdoor activities, entertainment, and extreme sports; and Golden takes pride in living up to that reputation. One can hike through nearby Golden Gate Canyon or rock climb the sheer cliffs, bluffs and outcroppings along Clear Creek Canyon, go hang gliding over Lookout Mountain or take a leisurely stroll by the main street shops and historic district. Clear Creek runs through the middle of town, hosting kayaking competitions and providing the soothing sound of rippling water for picnickers or kicking back and reading a good book. Taking advantage of the same welcoming atmosphere that attracted the Pro Cycling Challenge, pick up your next book from Read, Write, & Brew or Storypower books and curl up in Lyons Park for a relaxing afternoon.
Read, Write, & Brew
720 Golden Ridge Road, Golden, CO 80401
Storypower books LLC
676 Lookout Mountain Road, Golden, CO 80401
Also known for the Coors Brewery, and the School of Mines, Golden has so much more to offer. In its 152 year history, it is not only one of the oldest towns in Colorado; it was the capital of the Colorado Territory before Denver. If you’re interested in learning about the history of this amazing city, look for: Golden: Colorado(Paperback) By Daniel Cruson, Golden Pioneer Museum. (ISBN 9780738520742, Arcadia Publishing, $21.99)
On to Denver, the mile high city and capital of Colorado, where there are 850 miles of paved off-road trails that connects to hundreds of miles of dirt trails and mountain-bike adventures; providing the perfect finale for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Home of the Rockies, Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets, and Rapids sports’ teams, as well as Elitch Gardens Theme Park, Botanical Gardens, The Theater of the Performing Arts, and museums galore, Denver also offers a night life that could keep Paris Hilton entertained.
For book lovers, Denver has so many independent bookstores I’d have to take my shoes off to count them all. Following stage six’s route, the riders will happen to be passing by three of my favorites; and you would be doing yourself a favor by making time to stop in at each. First, as the riders enter Denver, along 29thavenue, they will pass West Side Books, at 32ndAvenue between Julian St. and Lowell Blvd. Second, just East of Speer Blvd, at the corner of Wazee St. and 16thSt, you’ll find The Tattered Cover’s historic downtown location. And last, but most certainly not least, Capitol Hill Books, where the riders will be passing by their front door at Colfax Avenue and Grant Street.
To learn more about Denver’s colorful history, and its present day hotspots, try looking for:Ladies of the Brown: A Women’s History of Denver’s Most Elegant Hotel (Paperback) By Debra B. Faulkner, or Denver: An Archaeological History( Paperback) By Sarah M. Nelson, K. Lynn Berry, Richard F. Carrillo. And to find something to do after the race, pick up a Westword.
To Contact West Side Books
3434 W.32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211
To Contact Tattered Cover (LoDo location)
1628 16th Street
To Contact Capitol Hill Books
300 East Colfax Avenue