Bikes, booze, bites and beats — these are a few of our favorite things. And the event that has combined all of these into three days of magic is back to take on Denver once again. Last year, the Velorama Festival lit up RiNo with a party that celebrated the Colorado Classic bike race with beer, food trucks and music from big names like Death Cab for Cutie and Wilco. This year national bands like Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids and Matt And Kim and some awesome local acts like Wildermiss and Brent Cowles are hitting the stage.
In addition, the event will bring some of the world’s best cyclists to race in the Denver portion of the Colorado Classic from August 17 to 19. Joining these cyclists will craft brews and of course, local bites. Check out below to get a feel for what to expect.
Food and Drinks
Because Velorama takes place in RiNo, the event has teamed up with the area’s best breweries and distilleries. Considering the talent pool in the neighborhood, the resulting lineup is looking rather solid. Expect to see big names like Odell and Great Divide to Larimer favorites like Our Mutual Friend and Ratio Beerworks — (see below for the full list). And while specifics of the food line up haven’t been announced expect 20 food trucks to keep you full throughout the weekend.
- Odell Brewing Co.
- Great Divide Brewing Co.
- Epic Brewing
- Bigsby’s Folly
- Stem Ciders
- Ratio Beerworks
- Mockery Brewing Co
- Black Shirt Brewing Co
- C Squared Ciders
- Bierstadt Lagerhaus
- Our Mutual Friend Brewing Company
- Infinite Monkey Theorem
Along with the general festivities and musical performances, Velorama is hosting a series of events throughout the weekend. These are all cycle-related activities and will happen during the expo. See below for the schedule and event descriptions, as provided by Velorama.
- Friday, Aug 17: Expo and cycling events start at 4 p.m., music 5 p.m., ends 10 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug 18: Expo and cycling events start at 10:30 a.m., music 4 p.m., ends 10 p.m.
- Sunday, Aug 19: Cycling events start 10 a.m., expo 10:30 a.m., music 4 p.m., ends 9:30 p.m.
- Velorama Rhythm Rumble — timed duels between two riders on a 300-foot straight rhythm course, with bonus points awarded to riders who throw the best tricks on the final jump. Attendees can watch the pros race, demo the track themselves or sign-up for a clinic.
- Craft Beer Relay— this fun event combines three great things: bikes, beer and friends. Form your own team or join one on the spot and race on the Velorama criterium track, stopping and finishing a beer before your teammates can tackle the next leg of the course. Relays start in the afternoon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- A-Line Sprint / Race the Train — a chance for any cyclist to feel what it’s like to sprint against an “Iron Horse” — the A-Line commuter train as it leaves Union Station for DIA alongside the Festival grounds.
- Mayor’s Ride — a youth bike ride with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Saturday, August 18 at 8 a.m. that culminates in a ribbon-cutting to open the start-finish line for Stages 3 and 4 of the Colorado Classic.
- Criterium Races — multiple races on the Velorama criterium course encircling the Festival grounds for amateur and pro women and men riders of all abilities, from juniors to seniors, from fixed gear to road racers — with cash and merchandise prizes. Riders can register here.
- Interactive Bike Expo — test ride an e-Bike or mountain bike, or shop among dozens of organizations and cycling-related vendors offering everything from the latest in bike gear and technology to apparel.
- Art Installations — does anything say “RiNo” more than art and bikes? Spin the pedal and watch as recycled bike wheels come to life on the Colorado Tourism Wheel Wall, an original work of art and the perfect selfie station. And around the Festival grounds, check out the uniquely RiNo CRUSH art walls.
Though Velorama is August 17 through 19, the Colorado Classic takes place August 16 through 19 this year. Free live music and other festivities are planned for both the men’s and women’s start-and-finish areas in Colorado Springs and Breckenridge on August 10 and 11. Tickets are on sale here and start $90. On the Friday of the event, music will start at 6 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday’s start time’s set for 4 p.m.