06 February 2016

Ride the Rockies 2016 Route Announced

It's the perfect route - Carbondale to Fort Collins

Get ready to train with purpose, ride hard and enjoy the beautiful mountains of Colorado. Tonight the route of the 2016 The Denver Post Ride the Rockies presented by Viawest (RTR) was announced. Organizers have created a fine tour this year with a dream route that will prove to be very popular. Registration is now open for the June 12-17th tour with 2000 lottery spots available.

Host cities for 2016 include: Carbondale, Aspen, Copper Mountain, Grand Lake, Estes Park, and Fort Collins. This will be the first time Grand Lake will host Ride the Rockies.

Highlights for 2016 include, in order: Missouri Heights, Rio Grande Trail, Independence Pass, Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass, Red Cliff Bridge, Battle Mountain, Vail Pass, Ute Pass, Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Devils Gulch and Horsetooth Reservoir.

Ride the Rockies affords road cyclists an opportunity to ride a route in quick succession that would otherwise be near impossible without support. I have been fortunate to ride every climb and road on this year's route - although it took me many years to get it done piecemeal. I promise you, this year's route is special.

If you have been wanting to visit Colorado to ride a bike, now would be the time. Tonight at the announcement party I met a woman who had ridden twenty-four Ride the Rockies and a man who was hoping to ride his first. You will meet all types and ages out on the roads of Colorado. Tomorrow I will share with you, comments from a number of the enthusiastic guests at tonight's Ride the Rockies announcement party. For now here is the route:

2016 Ride the Rockies Route - point to point

DAY 1, Sunday, June 12, 2016 - Carbondale to Aspen, 50 miles, +4253ft
DAY 2, Monday, June 13, 2016 - Aspen to Copper Mountain, 85 miles, +7655ft
DAY 3, Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Copper Mountain to Copper Mountain, 79 miles, +6537ft
DAY 4, Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - Copper Mountain to Grand Lake, 85 miles, +3939ft
DAY 5, Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Grand Lake to Estes Park, 49 miles, +4636ft
DAY 6, Friday, June 17, 2016 - Estes Park to Fort Collins, 55 miles, +2762ft

route map 2016 Ride the Rockies in Colorado
6-day 403 mile route of the 2016 Ride the Rockies in Colorado

Quick Facts about the 2016 Ride the Rockies tour:
  • 6-days (no rest day)
  • 403 miles and 29,782’ elevation gain
  • Website & registration: www.ridetherockies.com
  • Ride the Rockies 2016 lottery registration dates: Sunday, February 7, 2016; 12:00 a.m. – Sunday, February 28, 2016; 5:00 p.m. MST. Notifications will be sent out on March 4, 2016.
  • Tour Cost (registration only): $5 lottery fee + $495 
  • Included in registration fee: sag support, basic camping, showers, transportation of one 70lb bag, shuttle services, aid stations, medical support, water bottle, jersey, entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park, free concerts & entertainment, mechanics, bike or wheel demos.
  • Services provided for a fee: parking, bike & luggage shipping, sherpa camping, food trucks along the route, your own support vehicle, refunds with limitations. 
  • Read more about the logistics

2016 Ride the Rockies Tour (7-days)

START CITY: Carbondale, Colorado

DAY 1, Sunday, June 12, 2016 - Carbondale to Aspen, 50 miles, +4253ft, 3 Aid Stations
route of Day 1 Ride the Rockies 2016
Route map - Day 1 Ride the Rockies 2016
DAY 2, Monday, June 13, 2016 - Aspen to Copper Mountain, 85 miles, +7655ft, 6 aid stations
  • Independence Pass
  • Fremont Pass
route day 2 Ride the Rockies 2016
Route map - Day 2 Ride the Rockies 2016
DAY 3, Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Copper Mountain to Copper Mountain, 79 miles, +6537ft, 3 aid stations
  • Traditional Copper Triangle route
route day 3 Ride the Rockies 2016
Route map - Day 3 Ride the Rockies 2016
DAY 4, Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - Copper Mountain to Grand Lake, 85 miles, +3939ft, 6 aid stations
  • Ute Pass
Route map - Day 4 Ride the Rockies 2016
Route map - Day 4 Ride the Rockies 2016
DAY 5, Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Grand Lake to Estes Park, 49 miles, +4636ft, 3 aid stations
  • Trail Ridge Road
Route map - Day 5 Ride the Rockies 2016
Route map - Day 5 Ride the Rockies 2016
DAY 6, Friday, June 17, 2016 - Estes Park to Fort Collins, 55 miles, +2762ft, 4 aid stations

Route map - Day 6 Ride the Rockies 2016
Route map - Day 6 Ride the Rockies 2016

FINISH CITY: Fort Collins, Colorado


2016 Ride the Rockies Prologue Ride (2-days) 

Jun 10-12, 2016 - Aspen, Colorado. 47 miles, +3632ft. $2500, first come first serve (no lottery). Come ride with the pros - Ted King, Tim Johnson, Ron Kiefel, Nelson Vails and more. Think of the prologue as a top-notch local bike tour prior to your week (guaranteed lottery entry) of Ride the Rockies. Read more about the RTR Prologue.

Ride the Rockies Prologue route map 2016
Ride the Rockies Prologue route map 2016

If you arrive into Carbondale area a day or two early, consider these bike rides highlighted in one of my earlier posts: Pedal Dancer® Recommended Road Bike Rides Near Aspen.

Read more information and facts about the climbs by Pedal Dancer® Colorado Climbs

05 February 2016

Colorado and National Bike Race Calendar List 2016

List of 2016 Cycling Races in Colorado - Road Race, Criterium, Hill Climbs, Time Trials, Mountain Bike Races, Fat Bike Races, Collegiate, Track, Mid-week and Stage Races. With National, World Championship, and Pro Race Schedules.

The annual Pedal Dancer® bike race calendar list has been created to encourage you to get out and either race or attend as a fan. On this page you will find race dates and links for the 2016 Colorado and National bike racing season. For more information on race licenses and race rules, please visit: BRAC or USACycling.

With a limited supply of criteriums and road races, the opportunities to race a mountain bike in Colorado continue to grow. The USA Pro Challenge will hopefully return to Colorado in 2016 in some form or another; perhaps with a new name, definitely with a new title sponsor. 

This is a list of bike races and camps. For the Pedal Dancer® bike event calendar list of cycling events and bike rides in Colorado not requiring USACycling or BRAC race licenses and including century bike rides, charity bike rides, multi-day bike rides, and many other bike events for the 2016 season - please transfer to the Pedal Dancer® blog post: 2016 Colorado Cycling Events and Bike Rides Calendar List.

I have peppered this calendar list with my own photography taken during 2015 at the pro races. I love bike photography!
© Copyright content of this post by Karen Rakestraw / Pedal Dancer® is a trademark for all online content. ©All Photos by Karen Rakestraw.

Women pro racers in Golden Colorado

ROAD BIKE RACES

Colorado Road Bike Races  (race flyers and websites will be added as made available)

March 5, 2016 - Frostbite Time Trial, Fort Collins 
March 6, 2016 - University of Denver Criterium, City Park in Denver
March 19, 2016 - Oredigger Classic - Lookout Mountain ITT/Hillclimb, Golden
March 20, 2016 - Oredigger Classic - Criterium, Golden
April 2, 2016 - Louisville Criterium 2016 Website
April 2, 2016 - USAFA Criterium Front Range Classic
April 3, 2016 - USAFA Road Race Front Range Classic
April 9, 2016 - Buff Gold TT/ITT & RR, Boulder 2016 Website
April 10, 2016 - Buff Gold Circuit RR, Boulder 2016 Website
April 16-17, 2016 - CSU Cobb Lake Road Race & Oval Criterium 
April 23, 2016 - Clasica de Rio Grande (2015 Info)
April 23, 2016 - FLC Squawker Classic Criterium & TTT
April 24, 2016 - FLC Squawker Classic Road Race
April 24, 2016 - Colorado Bike Law Denver Federal Center Classic Website (2015 Info
April 29-30, 2016 - Maverick Classic - Colorado Mesa University (2015 Info)
May 1, 2016 - Koppenberg Road Race, Superior, 2016 Website
May 7, 2016 - OZ Road Race 2016 Website 
May 14, 2016 - Best of Hess Individual Time Trials (2015 info) 
May 20, 2016 - Superior Morgul Classic - Time Trial 2016 Website
May 21, 2016 - Superior Morgul Classic - Circuit Race 2016 Website
May 22, 2016 - Superior Morgul Classic - Road Race 2016 Website
June 4, 2016 - City Park Criterium, Denver
June 5, 2016 - Deer Trail Road Race SR RR Championships, Deer Trail
June 12, 2016 - Ridge at 38 Criterium, CO SR CRIT Champ, Wheat Ridge
June 17-19, 2016 - Parker 3-Day Crit, Parker
June 24-26, 2016 - Boulder Stage Race, Boulder, 2016 Website   
July 2, 2016 - Boulder Orthopedics Crit at Table Mountain
July 10, 2016 - Longmont Criterium
July 15-17, 2016 - 3 Days of Salida, 2016 website
July 31, 2016 - Mike Neilds Memorial Bannock Street Criterium, CO JR Crit Champ
August 6, 2016 - Littleton Twilight Criterium 2016 Website 3:30 to 10:30 p.m.
August 7, 2016 - John Stenner Mem'l - CO Time Trial Championships
August 14, 2016 - Belleview Dental Classic
August 21. 2016 - Lucky Pie Criterium
September 2-5, 2016 - Steamboat SR p/b Moots Cycles Stage Race 2015 Website

Also see the bike race calendars at these websites:
Mens cycling legs racing team

TIME TRIAL

Weekly (mid-week) Time Trial Series at Cherry Creek State Park

April 6, 2016 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #1, Cherry Creek State Park
April 13, 2016 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #2, Cherry Creek State Park
April 20, 2016 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #3, Cherry Creek State Park
April 27, 2016 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #4, Cherry Creek State Park
May 4, 2016 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #5, Cherry Creek State Park
May 11, 2016 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #6, Cherry Creek State Park
May 18, 2016 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #7, Cherry Creek State Park 

Trek time trial bikes

HILLCLIMBS

Hill Climbs in Colorado 2016. You don't need to be part of a team, but you might need a race license. These climbing challenges come down to you, your bike and a mountain.

March 19, 2016 - Oredigger Classic - Lookout Mountain ITT/Hillclimb, Golden, 4.64mi, 1422ft
June 5, 2016 - Little Park Road Hillclimb, Grand Junction, 13.21mi, 1752.31ft
June 11, 2016 - Guanella Pass Hill Climb, Georgetown 
July 9, 2016 - Sunshine Hill Climb, Boulde, 9.8mi, ~3000ft
July 23, 2016 - Bob Cook Mem'l Mt Evans Hill Climb, HC Champs, Idaho Springs, 6630ft climb to 14,130’
August 13, 2016 - The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hillclimb Gran Fondo, 12.42m, ~8,000ft
August 27, 2016 - Colo Bike Law Lookout Mountain Hillclimb, Golden, 4.6mi, 1200ft

Team Cannondale set up at bike race

COLLEGIATE CYCLING RACES

Colorado amateur and Master racers have much to be thankful for the opportunities created for their categories through local collegiate bike races. Support high school and collegiate racers - they are the next great generation of hope to fuel this sport.

March 6, 2016 - University of Denver Criterium, City Park in Denver
March 19, 2016 - Oredigger Classic - Lookout Mountain ITT/Hillclimb, Golden
March 20, 2016 - Oredigger Classic - Criterium, Golden
April 2, 2016 - USAFA Criterium Front Range Classic
April 3, 2016 - USAFA Road Race Front Range Classic
April 9, 2016 - Buff Gold TT/ITT & RR, Boulder 2016 Website
April 10, 2016 - Buff Gold Circuit RR, Boulder 2016 Website
April 16-17, 2016 - CSU Cobb Lake Road Race & Oval Criterium 
April 23, 2016 - FLC Squawker Classic Criterium & TTT
April 24, 2016 - FLC Squawker Classic Road Race
April 29-30, 2016 - Maverick Classic - Colorado Mesa University (2015 Info)

Daniel Oss BMC bike race

MOUNTAIN BIKE & DIRT

Race Schedule for 2016 Mountain Bike, CX, Fat Bike (winter), Short Track, Gravel, Endurance, Downhill Races, Enduro, Mountain Bike Festivals or Events in Colorado.

January 16, 2016 - Winter Park Fat Bike Series (Frosty Fraser),  Fraser, CO, Fat Bike
January 16, 2016 - Snow Mountain Ranch Fat Bike Race Series: Blue Ridge Ascent, Fat Bike
January 16, 2016 - Fat Cycle Challenge, Aspen, Fat Bike
January 20, 2016 - Full Moon Fat Bike Race, Steamboat Springs, Fat Bike
January 23, 2016 - Velorution Valkyrie, Mancos, Fat Bike
January 23, 2016 - Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series - Copper Mountain, Fat bike/MTB
January 27-31, 2016 - Fat Bike World Championships, Crested Butte, Fat Bike
February 6, 2016 - Silverton White Out, Silverton, Fat bike, endurance
February 7, 2016 - Old Man Winter Rally, Boulder, 50K/100K, gravel & paved & run
February 13, 2016 - Winter Park Fat Bike Series (Granby Ranch), Granby, Fat Bike
February 13, 2016 - Snow Mountain Ranch Fat Bike Race Series: Pole Creek Dash, Fat Bike
February 17, 2016 - Full Moon Fat Bike Race, Steamboat Springs, Fat Bike
February 20, 2016 - Tennessee Pass Night Jam, Ski Cooper, Fat Bike
January 27-31, 2016 - Fat Bike World Championships, Crested Butte, 20mi, Fat Bike 
March 5, 2016 - Mineral Belt Mayhem, Leadville, Fat Bike/MTB
March 12, 2016 - Snow Mountain Ranch Fat Bike Race Series: Marathon, Granby, Fat Bike
March 12, 2016 - Winter Park Fat Bike Series (Rendezvous Rally), Winter Park, Fat Bike
March 19-21, 2016 - Four Seasons of Horsetooth Mountain Bike Stage Challenge, Fort Collins, XC
April 2, 2016 - Winter Park Fat Bike Series (Granby Ranch to Snow Mtn Ranch), Fat Bike
April 2, 2016 - AntiEpic Gravel Grinder, Monument, 50/160mi, gravel
April 14-17, 2016 - Sea Otter Classic UCI C3 - USA Cycling US Cup (MTB), Monterey, CA
April 23, 2016 - East Side Epic, Leadville, Fat Bike
April 23-24, 2016 - Rumble at 18 Road, Fruita, short track, XC
April 28-May 1, 2016 - Fruita Fat Tire Festival, multi-event, MTB 
April 30, 2016 - RME Ridgeline Rampage, Castle Rock, XC, endurance
April 30, 2016 - Encierro Ride (gravel), Monument, 50/100K
May 3, 2016 - New Belgium Short Track Race Series, Fort Collins, short track, XC
May 6-7, 2016 - 18 Hours of Fruita, Fruita, endurance
May 7, 2016 - 12 Hours of Mesa Verde, Cortez, endurance
May 7, 2016 - Desert RATS Classic, Fruita, Kokopelli Trail CO to UT, 50K endurance
May 10, 2016 - New Belgium Short Track Race Series, Fort Collins, short track, XC
May 14, 2016 - RME Battle the Bear, Lakewood, XC, endurance
May 17, 2016 - New Belgium Short Track Race Series, Fort Collins, short track, XC
May 18, 2016 - Ascent Cycling Series, Colorado Springs, XC
May 20-22, 2016 - The Grand Junction Off Road, Grand Junction, MTB  
May 20-22, 2016 - Grand Junction Off Road, Grand Junction, XC, endurance
May 22, 2016 - The Original Meowler Mountain Duathlon, Gunnison, XC
May 24, 2016 - New Belgium Short Track Race Series, Fort Collins, short track, XC
May 28, 2016 - The Half Growler, Gunnison, 32mi, MTB 
May 29, 2016 - The Original (Full) Growler, Gunnison, 64mi, MTB
May 29, 2016 - Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango, XC
May 31, 2016 - New Belgium Short Track Race Series, Fort Collins, short track, XC
June 4, 2016 - Gunny Enduro, Gunnison, enduro MTB
June 1, 2016 - Ascent Cycling Series, Colorado Springs, XC
June 4, 2016 - ERock Sunrise to Sunset 11-hr relay, Castle Rock, MTB
June 4, 2016 - PV Cycle Derby, Elbert, 10/22/66mi, enduro, XC
June 4, 2016 - ERock Sunrise Sunset, Castle Rock, endurance
June 4-5, 2016 - Eagle Outside Festival & Expo (Firebird 40), Eagle, 40K, XC  
June 7, 2016 - New Belgium Short Track Race Series, Fort Collins, short track, XC
June 11, 2016 - Winter Park Series (Excel Roofing Hill Climb), Winter Park, XC
June 11, 2016 - Salida Big Friggin Loop, Salida, endurance
June 11, 2016 - GoPro Mountain Games, Vail, XC
June 15, 2016 - Ascent Cycling Series, Colorado Springs, XC
June 18, 2016 - Bailey Hundo, Bailey, endurance
June 18, 2016 - Bailey Hundito Bailey, endurance
June 19-21, 2016 - Four Seasons of Horsetooth Mountain Bike Stage Challenge, Fort Collins, XC
June 19, 2016 - FIBArk Arkansas Hills Mountain Bike Race, Salida, XC
June 19, 2016 - Beti Bike Bash, Castle Rock, XC, women only
June 25, 2016 - Durango Dirty Century, Durango, endurance
June 25, 2016 - Winter Park Series (Super Loop), Winter Park, XC
June 19, 2016 - Backcountry Burner, Highlands Ranch, XC
June __, 2016 - 40 in the Fort, Fort Collins, 20/40mi (MTB)
June 29, 2016 - Ascent Cycling Series, Colorado Springs, XC
June 30-31, 2016 - Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro, Aspen/Snowmass, enduro
July 4, 2016 - Firecracker 50, Breckenridge, endurance
July 9, 2016 - Winter Park Series (Race Rendezvous), Winter Park, XC
July 9, 2016 - Leadville Silver Rush 50, Leadville, endurance
July 9-10, 2016 - Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro, Keystone, Enduro 
July 13, 2016 - Ascent Cycling Series, Colorado Springs, XC
July 16, 2016 - Breckenridge 100 Challenge, Breckenridge, endurance
July 20-21, 2016 - Enduro X Games series, Steamboat Springs, Downhill, Enduro 
July 22, 2016 - Tooth or Consequences Short Track Race, Fort Collins, short track
July 23, 2016 - Telluride 100, Telluride, endurance
July 23, 2016 - Tooth or Consequences Enduro, Fort Collins, enduro
July 24, 2016 - 40 in the Fort, Fort Collins, XC, endurance
July 27, 2016 - Ascent Cycling Series, Colorado Springs, XC
July 29-31, 2016 - Leadville Stage Race,  Leadville, XC
July 30, 2016 - Winter Park Series (Colorado Epic XC), Winter Park, XC
July 30, 2016 - RME Copper Crush, Copper Mountain, XC, endurance
August 3, 2016 - HR MTB Series, Highlands Ranch, MTB
August 9, 2016 - Lory Mountain Challenge, Lory State Park, XC
August 9-14, 2016 - Breck Epic, Breckenridge, 35-50mi a day, 6-day stage race, MTB
August 10, 2016 - HR MTB Series, Highlands Ranch, MTB
August 13, 2016 - Leadville Trail 100, Leadville, endurance
August 13, 2016 - Steamboat Stinger,  Steamboat Springs, endurance
August 13, 2016 - Winter Park Series (Epic Point to Point), Winter Park, XC
August 14-19, 2016 - Breck Epic, Breckenridge, endurance
August 16, 2016 - Lory Mountain Challenge, Lory State Park, XC
August 17, 2016 - HR MTB Series, Highlands Ranch, MTB
August 20, 2016 - The Mountain’s Revenge, Montezuma, endurance
August 23, 2016 - Lory Mountain Challenge, Lory State Park, XC
August 24, 2016 - HR MTB Series, Highlands Ranch, MTB
August 27, 2016 - Winter Park Series (King of the Rockies), Winter Park, XC
August 27, 2016 - San Juan Crucible 90/150, Cortez, endurance
August 30, 2016 - Lory Mountain Challenge, Lory State Park, XC
September 2-4. 2016 - Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro, Crested Butte, enduro
September 3, 2016 - Ring the Peak, Manitou Springs, endurance
September 9-11, 2016 - Vail Outlier Offroad Festival, Vail, XC, enduro
September 10-11, 2016 - Vapor Trail 125, Salida 125mi, (night MTB)  
September 15-18, 2016 - Salida Bike Fest, Salida, MTB, 4-days
September 17, 2016 - Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race, Salida, XC
September 17, 2016 - Golden Giddy Up, Golden, Festival, MTB, enduro
September 17-18, 2016 - Todd & Ned's Durango Dirt Fondo, Durango, 30/50mi, 2-days
September __, 2016 - Monarch Crest Crank, Salida, 25mi, MTB
September 24, 2016 - Rico 50/100, Rico, endurance
September 24, 2016 - Cougar Slayer, Blackhawk, endurance
September 24, 2016 - Bikes and Brews, Royal Gorge, Canon City, cruiser, road & MTB
October 1, 2016 - Dolores 100/50, Dolores, endurance)
October 1, 2016 - 12 Hours of Peaceful Valley, Elbert, endurance
October 1, 2016 - Pedal 50, Monument, 55mi, gravel *free
October 8, 2016 - 12 Hours of Penitence, Penitente Canyon, San Luis Valley 12-hr (MTB)

Daniel Oss BMC bike race

Colorado Weekly Mountain Bike Race Series

Mid-week mountain bike series in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, weekly on Wednesday nights. Information at: HR MTB Series
  • #1 HR MTB Series, Wednesday, August 3, 2016
  • #2 HR MTB Series, Wednesday, August 10, 2016
  • #3 HR MTB Series, Wednesday, August 17, 2016
  • #4 HR MTB Series, Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

UCI Mountain Bike Races in the USA

March 12, 2016 - Bonelli Park UCI C1 - USA Cycling US Cup, San Dimas, CA
April 2, 2016 - Fontana City National UCI HC - USA Cycling US Cup, Fontana CA
April 9, 2016 - Bonelli Park UCI HC - USA Cycling US Cup, San Dimas, CA
April 16, 2016 - Sea Otter Classic UCI C3 - USA Cycling US Cup, Monterey, CA
May 14-15, 2016 - NW Cup/Pro GRT, Port Angeles, WA
May 27-29, 2016 - Mountain Creek Spring Classic, Vernon, NJ
June 18, 2016 - US Cup - Pro XCT - Missoula XCO + UCI Junior Series XCO, Missoula, MT
June 23-26, 2016 - Chile Challenge + UCI Junior Series XCO, Angel Fire, NM
July 28-31, 2016 - Beast of the East - Pro GRT, Killington, VT
July 30, 2016 - US Cup - The Boston Rebellion PRO XCT, Walpole, MA
August 13-14, 2016 - Windham Pro GRT/XCT, Windham, NY
August 21, 2016 - Snowshoe Wild Hare PRO GRT, Snowshoe
September 15-18, 2016 - Kamikaze Bike Games, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Women jersey winners 2015 USA Pro Challenge

MOUNTAIN BIKE CAMPS IN COLORADO - Women and Girls only

Little Bellas Bike Camp for ages 8-13, in conjunction with Beti Bike Bash:
June 18, 2016 - Little Bellas All Girls Bike Camp, Castle Rock (girls only)

Yeti Cycles Vida Mountain Bike Clinics:
June 18, 2016 - Vida Mountain Bike Clinic at Beti Bike Bash, Castle Rock CO
June 25-26, 2016 - Yeti Vida Mountain Bike Series - Keystone, CO
August 6-7, 2016 - Yeti Vida Mountain Bike Series - Snowmass, CO

Time Trial Legs and bike

TRACK

Boulder:
For the Boulder Valley Velodrome Track Calendar, please see: BVV Calendar. For their Thursday Night race schedule, please see: BVV track racing in Boulder. Or see Saturday Time Trial information.

Colorado Springs:
For information about the Velodrome in Colorado Springs, learn about Requirements and Training at the Velodrome. Or see Events at Colorado Springs USA Velodrome.

Welcome to Golden Colorado sign bike race

GRAN FONDOS / TIMED EVENTS

Since many believe that Gran Fondos are races as well (and it certainly feels like a race at the front, or even the middle), I include a partial list here of gran fondos (cyclosportive, cyclosportif) scheduled for 2016 near Colorado:

2016 Colorado road GRAN FONDO or timed events in Colorado: Test yourself against the clock on these long road or mountain bike citizen races.

June 4, 2016 - Palisade Gran Fondo, Palisade, 40/69mi
May 21, 2016 - Pony Xpress (gravel), Trinidad, 70/160K
May 28-30, 2016 - Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango-Silverton, 50mi
May 29, 2016 - Cafe Velo Tri Lakes GranFondo, Monument, 22/44/66/88/110mi
June 11, 2016 - Gran Fondo Aspen, Aspen, 54.9mi
August 13, 2016 - The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hillclimb Gran Fondo, 12.42m, ~8,000ft 
August 13, 2016 - Prestige Imports Vuelta a Dillon Fondo, Dillon, 20/60/90mi
July 30, 2016 - Colorado Park to Park Challenge, Denver to Winter Park, 96mi (a challenge!)
August 28, 2016 - Golden Gran Fondo, Golden, 90mi
August 29, 2016 - Colorado Gran Fondo, Colorado Springs, 60/100mi
September 4, 2016 - West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison-CB, 134mi, paved and dirt
September 17-18, 2016 - Todd & Ned's Durango Dirt Fondo, Durango, 30/50mi, 2-days

See also: Gran Fondo National Championship Series: (FL, GA, CA, NJ, NC, CO, MD): GFNCS - 2016 Event Dates

bike race Denver Colorado

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL BIKE RACE CALENDAR

2016 National Racing Calendar (Road) (NRC) - UCI American Tour

April 6-10, 2016 - Redlands Bicycle Classic Redlands, CA, not UCI, M/W
April 21-24, 2016 - Joe Martin Stage Race Fayetteville, AR, UCI 2.2, M/W
April 29 - May 3, 2016 - Tour of the Gila Silver City, NM, UCI 2.2, M/W
May 28-29, 2016 - Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Winston-Salem, NC, UCI 1.2, M/W
June 5, 2016 - Philadelphia International Cycling Classic Philadelphia, PA, UCI 1.2, M/W
June 10-19, 2016 - North Star Grand Prix Minneapolis, MN, not UCI, M/W
September 10, 2016 - The Reading 120, UCI 1.2, Bucks County, Pennsylvania 

women bike racers Golden Colorado

2016 National Criterium Calendar (NCC)

May 13-15, 2016 - Wilmington Grand Prix Wilmington, DE
May 28-29, 2016 - Winston-Salem Classic Criterium Winston-Salem, NC
June 11-12, 2016 - Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Tulsa, OK
June 11-12, 2016 - Air Force Association Cycling Classic Arlington, VA
July 16, 2016 - Andersen Banducci Twilight Criterium Boise, ID
July 24, 2016 - Intelligentsia Cup Lake Bluff, IL
August 6, 2016 - Littleton Twilight Criterium Littleton, CO
August 13, 2016 - Rochester Twilight Criterium Rochester, NY
August 27-28, 2016 - Chris Thater Memorial Binghamton, NY

Team Giant Alpecin on time trial bikes

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships

February 5-7, 2016 - USA Cycling Collegiate BMX National Championship
May 13-15, 2016 - USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships
September 16-20, 2016 - USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals
October 21-23, 2016 - USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships

USA Cycling General National Championships

January 5-10, 2016 - USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championship, Asheville, NC
February 19, 2016 - USA Cycling Elite BMX National Championships, Oldsmar, FL
February 27, 2016 - USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships p/b Borealis Fat Bikes, Ogden, UT
April 16-17, 20-16 - USA Cycling Professional Criterium & Team Time Trial National Championships, Greenville, SC 
May 24-28, 2016 - USA Cycling Masters & Para-Cycling Road National Championships, Winston-Salem, NC
May 27-29, 2016 - USA Cycling Professional Road Race & Time Trial National Championships, Winston-Salem, NC
June 4, 2016 - USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship, Columbia County, GA
June 30 - July 3, 2016 - USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships, Louisville, KY
July 12-17, 2016 - USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, Mammoth Mountain, CA
July 25-31, 2016 - USA Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships, Trexlertown, PA
August 9-14, 2016 - USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships, Indianapolis, Indiana
August 13, 2016 - USA Cycling Hill Climb National Championships, Colorado Springs

BMC rider time trial

UCI AMERICAN TOUR CALENDAR in the USA

American Tour Pro Races in the USA - 2016 dates (not WorldTour):

April 21-24, 2016 - Joe Martin Stage Race p/b Nature Valley, Fayetteville, Arkansas M/W
May 4-8, 2016 -Silver City's Tour of the Gila, Silver City, New Mexico M/W
May 15-22, 2016 - Amgen Tour of California, State of California M/W
May 30, 2016 - Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, UCI 1.2 , Massachusetts M/W
June 5, 2016 - Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, Philadelphia, PA M/W
August 1-7, 2016 - The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, State of Utah M/W
August 15-21, 2016 - Tour of Colorado, State of Colorado M/W
September 10, 2016 - The Reading 120, UCI 1.2, Bucks County, PA M/W

Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish talking

American Tour races in Canada - 2016 dates:

June 9-12, 2016 - Grand Prix Cycliste de Saguenay, Canada
June 15-19, 2016 - Tour de Beauce, Sainte-Justine, Canada
July 10, 2016 - White Spot / Delta Road Race Canada
August 31 - September 5, 2016 - Tour of Alberta Alberta, Canada

Pinarello road bike Team Sky


STAGE RACES in the USA

AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA - American Tour professional bike race in California
May 15-22, 2016 - Tour of California professional stage race. The host cities were announced for 2016, read more information about the race at Pedal Dancer®: TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

LARRY H. MILLER TOUR OF UTAH - American Tour professional bike race in Utah
August 1-7, 2016 - Tour of Utah professional stage race.

TOUR OF COLORADO - American Tour professional bike race in Colorado
August 15-21, 2016 - Tour of Colorado professional stage race (the new name has yet to be determined). Read more about the race at the Pedal Dancer® Guide Page: USA PRO CHALLENGE.

Taylor Phinney and Susie Wargin interview

UCI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACES

ROAD & TIME TRIAL
October 9-16, 2016 - UCI Road World Championships Dohar, Qatar
September 17-24, 2017 - UCI Road World Championships Bergen, Norway
2018 - Innsbruck, Austria

MTN BIKE
September 6-11, 2016 - UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, Val Di Sole, Italy
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January 30-31, 2016 - UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
January 28-29, 2017 - UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Bieles, Luxembourg

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March 2-6, 2016 - Championnats du Monde Piste UCI/ UCI Track Cycling World Championship, Lee Valley VeloPark’s velodrome, London, Great Britain.

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30 January 2016

It takes a village to allow a cheater

Using a motor in a bike during a bike race is cheating of the worst kind

Today a cyclo-cross racer was discovered to be a cheater by using a motor. Am I surprised? No. Sure we heard the prospect of motorized bikes over the past couple of years surrounding suspicions whether Fabian Cancellara was capable of pedaling so fast (which he is!). But today's discovery that Femke Van den Driessche, of Belgium, had a small motor implanted within the bottom bracket of her bike screams of a great tragedy - it takes a village to allow a cheater.

I have never been naive to cheating. But this news is bad. It's not just the rider (although it has never just been the rider), it is the mechanic, the coach, probably not the parent, probably not the teammates, but maybe. A number of people thought that that motor in that bike on this day was a fine idea. They all cheated. They cheated their sponsors, the race organizer, their fellow competitors, and their fans. And they have distracted much of the CX World Championships media coverage onto the suspicion of motorized bikes. Great. So much for the wonderful Belgium cyclo-cross culture: flags, beers, sausages. crazy die-hard fans, tough courses and tougher racers.

There is no sport more testing of a fan's ability to suspend disbelief than that of professional cycling. Can I just get a solid month (okay a week) to revel in the beauty of this sport without having cheating thrown in my face yet again? Let me just say I love bikes, I generally like most people who ride bikes, I think cycling is good for health, and being a fan of the sport broadens my horizons. But today I am again reminded how ridiculous it is to call myself a fan of professional cycling.

Today an Under-23 age woman rider was caught with a motor on her bike during the UCI Cyclo-cross Worlds Championships in Belgium. Although it is termed "suspected" in news because maybe even bikes get an opportunity for a B Sample. The offense Femke Van den Driessche is charged with is officially called technological fraud (mechanische fraude), or in slang, mechanical doping. To Femke, it was worth cheating to make it further in the sport; she had been one of the pre-race favorites.

Remember when doping was big? Now doping seems a drop in the bucket. We've had news of throwing races (it doesn't only happen in baseball or tennis), of bribing officials, of equipment tampering, of "poisoning" riders to result in positive doping tests or illness, of team cars towing a rider up the road. And now, in motors - real motors!

An advancement in the sport which removes the most important aspect of actual bike racing - doing it yourself.

We know of big budget teams squashing small teams; rider's not being paid for their year of racing; sponsors pulling funding without paying the bills to stage races or to teams; disputes between riders; riders paying other team riders for help (a long tradition); systemic doping programs and tremendous pressure on young riders to conform or get out of the sport. Cycling is certainly not an island with its cheating problems.

Sport is tough. If you wouldn't want your child to play American football because of concussions, would you encourage your child to go into bike racing? Nop. Would you encourage your friend to go on a weekend ride with you and enjoy a bike ride? Absolutely. Do we need pro racing to grow bicycling? Nop. Will the sport of professional cycling continue anyway? Yes. Will there be cheating? Yes. Do we need to accept it? I don't know. But as long as man wants to win, their will be a village to support his means and foe to foil his methods.

Femke Van den Driessche
Femke Van den Driessche, representing Belgium at the 2016 CX World Championships.  Photo by @Belga in Sporza
Femke Van de Driessche - the quickest way to become the answer to the Triva question - "Who was the first rider to be caught for mechanical doping?" Probably not the career she has envisioned for herself since childhood. In a race this past November over the Koppenberg in Belgium, Femke was quoted as saying, "Suddenly I was alone in the lead." "This is the result of growing calm."

Media sources in Belgium are stating quite clearly that Van den Driessche is guilty. Sporza reported from the press conference at the CX World Championships: The Belgian Cycling Federation has responded briefly to the case of mechanical fraud. "The UCI has established technological fraud and we can confirm that this is the bike of Femke Van den Driessche. The UCI will explain more later."

Sporza quotes widely respected Dutch rider Marianne Vos as commenting:
Vos: "Hopefully it's an isolated case."
"I do not get it", says seven-time world champion Marianne Vos at Sporza. "I never thought it would happen around me and I've never seen it. It just does not arise."
"You have to wonder if it was the choice of the rider. Someone must have to deal else, someone from her entourage. Hopefully it's an isolated case. I'm so sorry."

Femke Van den Driessche is 19-years old, she has been racing steadily since 2011: Palmares; Pro Cycling Stats. What is the punishment? If found guilty of cheating a rider faces disqualification, a six-month suspension and a fine of up to 200,000 Swiss francs (180,000 euros, $195,000).

I remain drawn to the locations where pro racing takes place. I am still drawn to watching the very best in any sport compete, to the fun of being on the sideline on race day and to the stories of true struggle to overcome and triumph. I am just becoming more narrow in who I trust and what I believe. And the village scares me.

It is not supposed to be easy! Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography
Update:

She claims it was not her bike. Caley Fretz of VeloNews explains the punishment.  

It does seem strange to read about professional cycling in Popular Mechanics.

In the written words of John Bradley of VeloNews, on January 31st, "When people are angry at your sport, they’re taking it seriously. When they’re laughing at it, you’ve lost them." ..."To skip the body altogether and hide a motor in the seat tube is to take a flying leap into the moral abyss while flipping the bird to everyone who has ever cared about cycling." Read more on VeloNews. Or a fine piece by Neal Rogers who is writing again, this time his Opinion for Cycling Tips

28 January 2016

Stage Route and Maps Tour of California 2016

Amgen Tour of Cali - creates a great route for 2016

Yesterday over 400 cyclists joined Laurens ten Dam on a virtual ride on Zwift in Long Beach California area (virtually) to kick off the announcement of the ATOC. For a resident of Colorado - a snow-locked winter state - the technology of Zwift was great to watch. Somehow Laurens ten Dam, the well-known charismatic Dutch rider on the Giant Alpecin team, made riding on an indoor trainer competitive and fun.

Always one of my favorite riders in the peloton, ten Dam recently moved to Santa Cruz, California with his family. Years ago I remember hearing how much this experienced European pro rider enjoyed the United States and dreamed of one day living in this country. I was happy to hear he made the relocation a reality.

It is exciting to hear a visitor to this country expound on great local rides, bike shops, coffee shops, food (Mexican, BBQ & food trucks!), atmosphere and events discovered throughout California (Laurens ten Dam also plans to race the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in Colorado this year after his road season). In a year when I am not always proud of the American face portrayed in the media - Laurens ten Dam reminded me to appreciate those little things of cycling.

The 2016 individual stages of the Amgen Tour of California are a perfect representation of the best of California. Not only will the 11th annual stage race attract the top pro racers, the routes designed this year are very challenging. Each day will rewrite possibilities of who will be wearing yellow. I expect some surprises in this year's race.

Remember:
Bradley Wiggins will again ride the Tour of California in 2016.
Le Etape California 2016 route covers Stage 3 from Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara (mountain top finish on Gibralter Road).

Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan at the 2015 Tour of California. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
The stage date, stage start times, finish times, distances and elevation gained are listed for each stage.

ROUTE MAPS OF 2016 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA
www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/stages

STAGE ROUTE MAPS - MENS Amgen Tour of California

Stage 1 - San Diego, May 15, 2016 Stage 1's start and finish on the water near Mission Bay and downtown San Diego.

Day: Sunday, May 15, 2016
Overall Stage Start: San Diego at 11:30 AM
Stage Finish: San Diego at 3:40 PM*
Miles: 106 mi
Kilometers: 170.5 km
Elevation Gain: 6,700 ft
Stage 1 Map Link

Stage 2 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 1 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California (No, the dotted line is not a wall.)
Stage 2 - South Pasadena to Santa Clarita, May 16, 2016 Stage 2 will begin in first-time Host City South Pasadena, with much of the race contested in the Angeles National Forest.

Day: Monday, May 16, 2016
Stage Start: South Pasadena at 12:05 PM
Stage Finish: Santa Clarita at 3:46 PM*
Miles: 92 mi
Kilometers: 148 km
Elevation Gain: 11,300 ft
Stage 2 Map Link

Stage 2 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 2 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 3 - Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara County, May 17, 2016 Thousand Oaks is home to biotechnology company Amgen, the race's title sponsor since its inception. The day will conclude with a thrilling, first-time mountain summit finish at Gibraltar Road.

Day: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Stage Start: Thousand Oaks at 11:10 AM
Stage Finish: Santa Barbara County (Gibraltar Road) at 3:48 PM*
Miles: 104.1 mi
Kilometers: 167.5 km
Elevation Gain: 8,700 ft
Stage 3 Map Link

Stage 3 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 3 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 4 - Morro Bay to Monterey County, May 18, 2016 Racing on Highway 1 south to north, the riveting and technical race day conclusion will be at a venue known for speed - the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, host to auto and motorcycle racing.

Day: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Stage Start: Morro Bay at 10:10 AM
Stage Finish: Monterey County  at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at 3:43 PM*
Miles: 133.6 mi
Kilometers: 215 km
Elevation Gain: 8,100 ft
Stage 4 Map Link

Stage 4 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 4 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 5 - Lodi to South Lake Tahoe, May 19, 2016 From here out, the four-day women's race will run in conjunction with the men's, including the same start and finish cities except for this day, when the women begin and end in South Lake Tahoe. Featuring a long day of climbing, the stage will reach the highest elevation ever mounted by the race: 8,600 feet.

Day: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Stage Start: Lodi at 10:00 AM
Stage Finish: South Lake Tahoe at 3:46 PM*
Miles: 132.4 mi
Kilometers: 213 km
Elevation Gain: 13,300 ft
Stage 5 Map Link

Stage 5 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 5 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 6 - Folsom Individual Time Trial & Women's Team Time Trial, May 20, 2016The men's individual time trial returns to Folsom where Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins dominated en route to his 2014 overall Amgen Tour of California victory. The women will compete in a team time trial on the same course.

Day: Friday, May 20, 2016
Men's Start Time: 1:04 PM
Men's Estimated Finish: 3:45 PM*
Time Trial: Folsom
Miles: 12.6 mi
Kilometers: 20.3 km
Elevation: 800 ft
Stage 6 Map Link

Stage 6 map of Time Trial Tour of California 2016
Stage 6 map of Time Trial Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 7 - Santa Rosa, May 21, 2016 This year's stage will incorporate a portion of the uber popular Levi's GranFondo, with the men and women competing on different courses.

Day: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Stage Start: Santa Rosa at 11:55 AM
Stage Finish: Santa Rosa at 3:45 PM*
Miles: 91.0 mi
Kilometers: 146.5 km
Elevation Gain: 8,600 ft
Stage 7 Map Link

Stage 7 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 7 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 8 - Sacramento, May 22, 2016
As an 8-time host, Sacramento will host the grand finale of both the men's and women's races for the first time.

Day: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Stage Start: Sacramento at 11:55 AM
Stage Finish: Sacramento at 3:45 PM*
Miles: 84.8 mi
Kilometers: 136.5 km
Elevation Gain: 600 ft
Stage 8 Map Link

Stage 8 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 8 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Laurens Ten Dam (at the 2015 Tour of Cali) now rides for Team Giant-Alpecin. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
Laurens Ten Dam is featured in one of my all time favorite video clips on Alpe'd'Huez.

Read the officialGiant-Alpecin team medical update on 01/27/16 on five of Lauren's teammates undergoing surgery or medical care after being involved in a head on collision with a car during a training ride in Spain.

Read more from Pedal Dancer® on the TOUR OF CALIFORNIA GUIDE PAGE

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REPORTS FROM - 2013 Amgen Tour of California - by PEDAL DANCER
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