Each year local klunkers from Crested Butte participates the Pearl Pass Tour. They begin in front of the Grubstake Bar and Grill on Elk Avenue in Crested Butte. Meeting at the festive starting line, all riders arrive early in the morning.
From Charlie Kelly's website:
"Crested Butte, Colorado, a small town located high in the Rockies, is the scene of what is certainly one of the most unusual bicycle rides in this country."
"This ride is an expression of exuberance by a unique community of free spirits, taking place over some of the roughest terrain ever ridden."
"Crested Butte is an isolated town of 1500 population surrounded by peaks ranging from 12,000 to over 14,000 feet. There are only two paved streets here, and even a lazy cyclist could ride completely around the town in ten minutes."
From Mountain Bike Hall of Fame:
"The folks maneuvering their battered, barge-like Schwinns around the mountain town in the mid 1970's hardly considered themselves trendsetters; those old balloon-tired klunkers were just the only non-motorized vehicles that would stand up to Crested Butte's potholed streets."