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Posted on: September 29, 2023

Volunteers needed for Sepp Kuss parade Oct. 19

Sepp Kuss road closed 10-19

UPDATE 10/16/2023: Volunteers are needed for the Sepp Kuss homecoming celebration and bike parade. Apply here:

Durango, CO: Main Avenue and East Second Avenue will be temporarily closed Oct. 19 for a parade to honor 2023 Vuelta a España winner Sepp Kuss for a homecoming celebration and bike parade. 

Durango Devo is hosting Kuss, a Devo alumn, on Oct. 19 at Buckley Park for a speech, meet and greet, and more.

All members of the public are invited to attend this special appearance of Kuss, known worldwide as The Eagle of Durango. The event will kick off at 3:30 with speeches from Kuss and special guests and a Q&A with Kuss. At 4:30, there will be a bike parade down Main Avenue and returning to Buckley Park via East 2nd Avenue. The evening will end back at Buckley Park with autograph signings, live music, food, drink, and Sepp Kuss merchandise sales. 

  • 3:30 p.m. - Speeches and Q&A at Buckley 
  • 4:30 p.m. - Bike Parade: Starts at Buckley and heads south on Main Avenue to the train station, left, then left on East 2nd Avenue, and north on East 2nd Avenue back to Buckley Park. NOTE: This is the opposite the typical direction of a parade downtown.
  • 5:15 p.m. - Post Parade Celebration/Autographs/Live Music 
  • 7:00 - Buckley Park ClosedSepp Kuss road closed 10-19

Parking is limited: all attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the event 

“Durango Devo is proud of all our alumni, and we’re certainly proud of Sepp Kuss! He is a great example of what makes Durango Devo and the Durango cycling community special,” says Levi Kurlander, executive director of Durango Devo. “We are honored to host the Vuelta a España champion and Tour de France stage winner and celebrate his achievements in his hometown.” 

(Sepp Kuss, center, at the podium for the 2023 Vuelta a España. Credit: Upper right, black and white, Kuss during his Devo days).

Kuss 2023 podium velta

The Sepp Kuss homecoming celebration takes place during Spoketober, a month of bike-themed events during the entire month of October. Spoketober celebrates the cycling community that produced Kuss, as well as highlights the diverse and inclusive nature of cycling in Durango. 

Special thanks for this event is owed to these community partners: Durango Devo staff and sponsors, the City of Durango, Visit Durango and Spoketober, pedaldurango, the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, and, Fort Lewis College Cycling

In case of bad weather, the event will take place at the La Plata Fairground Exhibit Hall, and the parade will take place on the Animas River Trail. Necessary updates on a possible venue change will be made the week of the event and posted to social media. 

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