So what’s there to do in this town?

Courtesy of John Rubano

“The Bicycle Men” will play at the Durango Arts Center.

By Ted Holteen Herald staff writer

Durango is a bike town and we’re proud of it. But even the most diehard pedalers need a break from the saddle, and as we welcome the racers, crews and fans to town for the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge, here’s a handy guide for how to kill some time between rides. Those events shown here are some of those dreamed up by the race organizers, but Durango is also a hotbed for music and the arts and the whole town’s pitching in to keep folks busy. Just turn the page to see the weekend’s complete calendar of local happenings.

USA Pro Challenge Student Art Shows

(7 a.m.-9 p.m. through Monday at Fort Lewis College; through Tuesday at Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave.)

Inspired by the USA Pro Challenge, student art from Florida Mesa, Sunnyside, Needham, Animas Valley, Fort Lewis Mesa elementary schools, and Durango High School will be displayed at Fort Lewis College in the Student Union Building. Selected art will also be displayed at the Open Shutter Gallery.

Roundabout sculpture dedication

(3 p.m. today, Florida Road at Chapman Hill)

Boulder-based sculptor Joshua Wiener created five 800-pound rusted steel cyclist sculptures on commission by the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge. He’ll be on hand for today’s official dedication of the work as part of Durango’s public art collection.

Start Festival

(11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Fort Lewis College)

Two full days of live music, food, beer and a Jumbotron showing rider interviews and highlights from last year’s inaugural Pro Challenge.


(5 p.m. Saturday at Fort Lewis College; tickets at

The top international cycling teams will be introduced to the locals in an intimate setting on the Fort Lewis College campus. Featured artist Jacqueline Hess created a series of globe sculptures made from bicycle wheel spokes as well as a special sculpture for the Gala that will become part of the city’s public art collection.

Race Day Start Festival

(7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Buckley Park/12th Street and Main Ave.)

Race day begins with breakfast burritos in the park and will continue after the 10 a.m. start with full coverage of the leg to Telluride shown on the Jumbotron.

“The Bicycle Men”

(5 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave., 259-2606)

Marionettes in a French puppet show are just two of many characters played by Joe Liss and John Rubano in the musical comedy “The Bicycle Men.” Resident funnyman and Hollywood veteran Rubano was one of four co-writers on the stage comedy that follows an American cyclist who runs into all sorts of trouble during a ride through France.

Downtown Durango street party

(4-9 p.m. Sunday on Main Avenue)

The Kirk James Blues Band, fresh off last week’s performance at the Rhythms on the River festival in South Fork, is one of four bands slated to play the Downtown Durango Street Party on Sunday. The band, from left to right, is Kirk James, Steve Dejka and Hal Lott. The mini-festival also will feature food, beer gardens and live music on two stages by locals Andrea’s Fault (rock), Ralph Dinosaur (classic rock) and the High Rollers (country/rock).

Community Grand Open House

(5-9 p.m. today, downtown Durango)

Durango’s own U.S. Cycling Hall of Famer Bob Roll will sign copies of his new book Bobke II: The Continuing Misadventures of Bob Roll from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Maria’s Bookshop (960 Main Ave.) as part of the Community Grand Open House in downtown Durango.

“Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid”

(8:30 p.m. today)

Robert Redford and Paul Newman are trapped high above the Animas River near Bakers Bridge north of Durango moments before the famous jump scene in “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid,” which will be shown tonight on an outdoor screen at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad depot as part of the True West Railfest. Railfest continues all weekend with quick-draw contests, Western vendors and entertainment and special train rides.

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