Town council members, race organizers, volunteers from local organizations and random folks interested in joining the effort spread across Gothic Road extending up to Mt. Crested Butte brandishing spray paint, giant stencils and house paint after dark on Aug. 19. The town councils of both Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte sanctioned tagging the road to show support for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Cones were set up to direct traffic while people painted racers’ names and images and words of support on the road.
Ozzie Scott and Jeff Scott tag the phrase “peace love bike” on the road. The Father-Son team went on a 36 hour tour to the front range and back to Crested Butte to tag all the passes for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Chad Murray drags a stencil for a Belgian flag to a new location while Crested Butte’s Mayor, Aaron Huckstep, directs traffic. “We have a distinctive climb,” said Huckstep. “It was a really decisive move in last year’s race.” This, he said, is why Crested Butte wanted to show their passion for cycling by painting the road, which can be seen from helicopters filming the race.
Grant Spear paints a Colorado flag on the road.
Chad Murray spray paints the road under the light of his headlamp.
One volunteer for the road graffiti bikes up the “Pitchfork Pinch,” the area they tagged, which has a 13 percent grade, to the next spot he will paint.