What's with that bike eiffel tower in Breckenridge?

BRECKENRIDGE - Along the banks of the Blue River in the heart of Breckenridge is something that stopped Helen Pendlill in her tracks.

"The reflectors caught my eye, and I thought 'what is that?,'" Pendlill said.

It's a soaring sculpture that's turning heads.

Part cycle sculpture, part Eiffel Tower, it's the Bikeffle Tower, a 30-foot-tall scale reflection of the French original that is made from 150 recycled bike parts.

Rachel Zerowin with GoBreck.com says it was built in 2012 when Breck was gearing up to host the USA Pro Challenge.

"The host communities were encouraged to build a piece of art to commemorate the race and this is what Breckenridge came up with," Zerowin said.

Now, each year before the race, the tower is brought back out to the Riverwalk Center, set up in just hours and placed in the heart of Breck where it's one of the most photographed attractions in town.

"People love it," Zerowin said.

For Alana Cope's son, it's a must-see stop on their annual Breck vacation.

"He doesn't want to leave, he wants to move to Colorado. The tower, the river, the mountains everything he's obsessed," Cope said.

It's an artistic appeal Helen can relate to, spellbound by a sculpture she'll have to see again.

"Get up there and actually study the pieces," Pendlil said.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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