Bikes, Brews and Beats: Velorama 2018

Gear up for an assortment of fun, from cycling circuits and beer relays to local bites from 16 different food trucks, plus live music from notable names.

Velorama is back (Aug. 17-19) for its second year as the official fan fest of the Colorado Classic bike race.

This year’s musical lineup features Modest Mouse, The Growlers, Cold War Kids, Matt and Kim, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise.

“Cycling is hard to finance,” says Rob Simon, senior vice president of RPM Events Group, coordinator for the Colorado Classic and Velorama. “You have to charge tickets, and the only way to charge a ticket is to throw one heck of a music festival.”

But the excitement doesn’t stop with the music.

Watch the pro riders start and finish the last two stages of the Colorado Classic, or grab your wheels and get in on the action yourself. Hop on your bike and test your speed against Denver’s A-Line commuter train, race on part of the same course used by the pro riders, or assemble a trusty team to take on the beer relay. If you’re more of a BMXer, prep your best tricks and go head-to-head with other riders on a 300-foot straight rhythm course.

And if you don’t feel like partaking in these events, watching them will be just as fun. Simon suggests keeping your eye out for the Rhythm Rumble head-to-head dirt biking duals.  

Cyclists and festival goers of all sorts can also cruise around for a test spin on e-bikes at the interactive Bike Expo, peruse art instillations from this year’s Crush Wall artists, and sip libations from Infinite Monkey Theorem, Great Diving Brewing, and Stem Ciders, to name a few. And, of course, food trucks will be in abundance.

Bonus this year? Sunday tickets are only $10, plus there’s free admission all weekend long for kids 10 and under.

“Last year, the festival was spread out everywhere,” says Simon. “This year, it’s just in one parking lot. The condensed layout will be easier for everyone.”

The main entrance is at 27th and Blake St., with parking available at Park Ave. W and Wazee St. If you plan on biking over, bring a lock and store your wheels in the bike storage area.

Attendees: Be sure to download the free mobile app, too. You can map out your schedule for the weekend and stay up-to-date on the latest festival news and information, including the after-party happenings.

Let the cycling celebrations begin!


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