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Growth of biking tourism in Crested Butte as a result of Pearl Pass ride

Milling around at the top of Pearl, Pearl Pass Tour, September 1979. Taken from a distance to the east. Jeeps to left. About 20 people standing around including Joe Breeze on right pointing to Aspen. Credit Joe Breeze for the description.

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This article is about the first annual event in which the clunkers, a small group of bikers from Marin County, took their clunkers and rode through the 12,700 foot Pearl Pass and coasted through Aspen. Through this, they began to spread the…

Heading up Paradise Divide out of Crested Butte, Colorado, September 1979. View is towards Paradise Divide. Left to right: Joe Breeze, Charlie Kelly, Gary Fisher, and James Macway. One of my favorite shots. This picture I really liked especially,…

Finish banner at the Hotel Jerome, Fourth Annual Crested Butte to Aspen [(via) Pearl Pass] Klunker Tour, Aspen, Colorado, September 1979. (credit Joe Breeze)

This picture really reflects the end of the Pearl Pass tour in my opinion. It captures…

This a group picture of the finish of the September 1980 Pearl Pass Tour. They have just finished biking from Crested Butte to Aspen and are now in front to of the Jerome Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. The second photo is a drawing of the first photo with…

Authored by Joe Breeze. This is a picture of the fourth annual (third actual) Pearl Pass Klunker Tour start line and Banner. This event takes place on Saturday September 22, 1979 near Grubstake Saloon in Crested Butte, where Klunkers bike from…

Authored by Joe Breeze. This is a picture of Wende Cragg posing with her 1978 Breezer at Pearl Pass's false summit. This picture was taken during the 1979 Pearl Tour. She is wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt standing in front of Castle Peak. This…

This is a document titled, "Pearl Pass highlights the history of bikes in the Rockies" and is about how Klunkers would bike from Crested Butte to Aspen through the Pearl Pass. This document emphasizes how the California riders came to Colorado to…

Authored by Joe Breeze. This picture was taken outside the Grubstake Saloon in Crested Butte, CO on September 1978. In this picture was a group of Klunkers getting ready for their first Pearl Pass Tour. This was the Marin group’s first trip to…
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