The Boulder local organizing committee (LOC) of the USAPCC is hosting the Summer of Cycling Kick-Off Rally tonight, June 29, from 5 – 9:30 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel Harvest House in Boulder.
To get people in the stage race spirit, the LOC will kick off the evening with the Most Outrageous Fan Competition. You know them, you’ve seen them at other races and on TV at the Tour de France—the rabid fans who dress up in crazy costumes and run alongside racers and do crazy things. Come in costume and get ready to compete in various challenges, including a 40-yard dash alongside a cyclist, an obstacle course, trivia questions and more. Don’t have a costume? No problem—or excuse. The LOC will have costume attire handy.
After the challenges, a panel of judges will select the top 5 finalists, who will compete in a final dance-off to live music by The Ticket, a local funk band. The winner will be chosen by audience cheers and clapping. There will be a decibel meter to register levels! Top prize: two VIP tickets to the Flagstaff Mountain finish (value: $1,000). Registration is $10 per person, and you can sign up on-site at the rally.
Throughout the evening, there will be plenty of food and drink, and the LOC will share lots of inside race info, including details on the Boulder Cycling Lounge, which opens on Saturday, June 30. You’ll be able to purchase official Stage 6 merchandise as well as buy raffle tickets for great prizes from our local sponsors. Tickets are $5/one, $30/10 tickets. Proceeds from merchandise sales, the Outrageous Fan Competition, prize raffle and post rally party at the Millennium’s Dance Club will benefit the Boulder local organizing committee, which is responsible for raising a substantial amount of money to bring the race to Boulder. So come early and stay late!
Following is a schedule for the evening’s festivities:
5 pm Doors open, raffle tickets for sale at the door; $5/one, $30/10
5 pm Most Outrageous Fan Competition, sign up at the door ($10/person) and challenge stations open
5:30 pm Band starts—music by The Ticket, a local funk band
6:15 pm Welcome comments from USA Pro Cycling Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter and Boulder LOC co-chair Barry Siff
7:15 pm Most Outrageous Fan Parade—competitors get to show off their costumes
Judges will confer and select top 5 finalists
8 pm Most Outrageous Fan Competition Finals—dance off and winner selected
Winner determined by audience cheers (we’ve got a decibel meter!)
Raffle winners announced
8:30-9:30 pm Band plays until close