OVERVIEW OF THE WEEKEND
We are excited that you are joining us in Colorado this August 16 - 19 to participate in the CEO Connect Program. The weekend is filled with exciting activities providing you the opportunity to meet city and state officials, ride on the same roads as some of the top professional cyclists, network with peers from top companies in both Colorado and beyond, all while truly experiencing a Colorado-themed weekend. We are thrilled to host you and look forward to helping you prepare for your trip.
Please review the detail on this page and complete the requested information so we can help finalize the details of your trip. If you have any questions during this process, please reach out to our CEO Concierge Jenny Anderson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CEO CONNECT SCHEDULE
THURSDAY (Aug 16)
Guest Arrival and Transport to Vail (12:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
Bike Fit in Vail (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Openning Reception Sonnenalp Vail (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Overnight at the Sonnenalp hotel in Vail
FRIDAY (Aug 17)
Morning Ride Options in Vail (Pick One) (7:00 am - 11:00 am)
Vail TT (Vail): This iconic time trial course, starting in Vail village and ending close to the top of Vail Pass has seen many historic rides by cycling greats such as Tejay van Garderen (USA Pro Challenge, 2014); Levi Leipheimer (USA Pro Challenge, 2011), and five time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault (Coors Classic, 1986). The 10-mile hill climb will feature over 1500-feet of elevation through beautiful East Vail. (More information to come)
Whistle Pig Gravel Gran Fondo (Vail): The Whistle Pig Gravel Gran Fondo is an epic 60-mile loop in the mountains surrounding Vail. With over 5000-ft of elevation gain the Gran Fondo will loop around Red and White Mountain before ending back in Vail. If 5000-ft of climbing doesn’t sound hard enough, the climb tops out at close to 11,000ft above sea level; (a challenge for lungs big and small.) For more information, CLICK HERE
Transport to Denver (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
Bike Fit in Denver (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Kick-off Reception with Denver's Mayor Hancock (5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)
Velorama Festival Overnight - VIP Music Experience (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
Overnight at the Maven Hotel in Denver
SATURDAY (Aug 18)
Morning Ride Option in Denver (Pick One) (7:00 am - 11:00 am)
Hammer Ride (Denver): The 82-mile ride kicks off in the RiNo Art District and heads west into the Front Range before ending at Red Rocks Amphitheater after completing 80% of Stag 3. The KOM opportunity of the day will come on Lookout Mountain, of the longest categorized climbs of this year's Colorado Classic with 1500-feet of elevation gain over 5.5-miles with average gradient of 5%. Additional KOM's on Cragmont Drive and Indian Hills, which is sure to test your legs and lungs.
City Ride (Denver): This 18-mile ride mimics the city circuit course of Stage 4 of the 2018 Colorado Classic. Departing from the Velorama Festival in the RiNo Art District, the ride will feature Downtown Denver, City Park and Stapleton. Like Stage 4 of the Colorado Classic, riders can expect scenes of the Denver Skyline and the green landscape of Denver’s City Park. From City Park, riders will travel a portion of Denver’s thriving Stapleton neighborhood, before heading back to the festival in RiNo.
Colorado Classic Stage 3: Start/Finish VIP (11:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Intimate Dinner with Colorado Governor Hickenlooper (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Velorama Festival Opening Night - VIP Music Experience (8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
Overnight at Maven Hotel in Denver
Sunday (Aug 19)
Close the Loop Breakfast (8:30 am - 9:45 am)
Airport Transfers (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Colorado Classic Stage 4: Start / Finish VIP (Optional) (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
RIDE AND BIKE RENTAL INFORMATION
If you have any equipment needs, please fill out the form below.
What to Wear
If you plan on riding in either of the rides, please make sure to bring the following to accommodate for the weather and altitude in Colorado (anything you would not like to ride with can be stored in the support vehicle during your ride):
Bike shoes (if you do not typically wear bike shoes, please contact us for accommodation)
Cycling cap/head cover
Sunscreen, water, and any specific nutritional products you want outside of what is already provided.
Please remember that climate is constantly changing in Colorado and the increased elevation makes for more intense sun exposure and dehydration. Be prepared for all types of weather on your ride and make sure to be properly hydrated before your ride.