DC Old Pueblo Beer Crit

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo went down last week, as usual it was way more fun than should be legal. And I’m sure some of it wasn’t. Dirty will have an unabridged edition of the weekend to the best of our recollection in the coming days, but just to wet your whistle I’ll give you a quick slideshow of Friday night’s opening ceremony. The Beer Crit.BeerCrit2

We thought it would be fun to host a little desert soiree in advance of the big show on Saturday. So I called up a good friend who happens to work for Oskar Blues to see if they wanted to help throw a party. The words “fuck yeah we do” were never spoken so quickly. Because they’re cool like that.2014-02-13 14.28.01

They dropped us a kegs worth of their finest brews, and I marked out a 2 mile loop that would start and finish at the famed Whiskey Tree. Three laps and three beers for the win. Flyers were distributed around camp and come sunset a crowd began to gather.

Dirty with the pro lead out
Dirty with the pro lead out


Of the 50+ that showed, about 15 came ready to race. Six miles and three beers may not seem like much, but rumor had it that some were doping beforehand.

Princess likes to party
Princess likes to party

With the crit in full swing the growing crowd took to the trail and began to support those out on their pre-race laps. Armed with cowbells, a gong, and an over-sized flask of whiskey we set out to lift some spirits. A vast majority stopped to join the party. But a steeled few took no joy in being heckled for passing on the beer hand ups. Who knew 12oz could bruise an ego?

courtesy of Bikepilgrim.com
courtesy of Bikepilgrim.com


In the end a clear champion emerged and Andrew from Portland took the win by a mile, promptly tearing into his winnings (a bottle of George Dickell).

Fuck Yeah Suntour!

As the dust settled, the party rolled on until all the beer and daylight were gone.DSC_7210


Maybe next year we’ll make it a real party with a beer slide and strippers.

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2 thoughts on “DC Old Pueblo Beer Crit

  1. I was just doing a practice lap when DC appeared out of nowhere. I thought you guys were joking by offering me a beer (an awesome beer), but when everyone cheered as I took it and slammed it while riding one handed I knew my cherry just got blown all the way to communist china.
    Thank you DC. I now know what mountain biking really is.