Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Tour of BoulDurango is the cycling incarnation of the attitude that these three breweries have always taken towards the brewing business. "Craft beer isn't about getting rich and cutthroat business practices; it's about following your passions and doing what you love, it's about being part of your local community and working with people who are just as psyched to be in the business as you are" said Adam Avery, President and Brewmaster of Avery Brewing Company. Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing added, "We’ve had quite a few brewers from around the country express interest in this-- I think it has the potential to become huge, whether evolving into a Colorado stage race, a brewer’s tour or just a fun way to hang out with our craft-brewing brethren while we try to make a positive difference in our communities.”
Each evening, after the days riding is finished, the brewers are teaming up with other craft breweries along the course to hold fundraising parties, with profits from pint sales, raffles and auctions going to local charities. Participating breweries along the route include Tommyknocker Brewing, Breckenridge Brewery, Eddyline Brewpub, The Brick Oven Restaurant, Ourayle House Brewing, Colorado Boy Brewery and Ska Brewing Company.
High Mountain Passes in Route
Loveland Pass - 11,992' ~ Fremont Pass - 11,318'
Cottonwood Pass - 12,126' ~ Red Mountain Pass - 11,008'
Molas Pass - 10,910' ~ Coal Bank Pass - 10,640'
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Thus was born Trails 2000, a nonprofit organization that builds and cares for multiuse trails and paths in Southwest Colorado.
"We knew that growth was starting to occur, and we knew that growth was inevitable," said Bob Allen, the first board president and a real-estate appraiser in Durango. "We felt that recreational trails, planning and creating recreational trail systems and connections should be part of planning for that growth."Today, the organization has built or maintained about 300 miles of trail - mostly in La Plata County, but also as far away as Silverton, Cortez and Farmington. It relies on 700 volunteers who donate 3,000 hours per year. It employs a full-time executive director, Mary Monroe, who coordinates trail building, fundraisers and educational events. Its annual budget: $150,000 from membership fees, grants and fundraisers.