23 November 2010

2011 Bicycle Tour of Colorado - Route Announced

The Route for 2011 BTC to include Trail Ridge Road

Update 2013: please see COLORADO CYCLING

[If you are looking for information on the pro race in Colorado in August 2013, please visit this page - USA PRO CHALLENGE the event described below is a one-week citizens event ride for recreational cyclists.]. If you are interested in the 2012 Bicycle Tour of Colorado Route June 17-23, please read: 2012 Bicycle Tour of Colorado Route
The route of the Bicycle Tour of Colorado (BTC) week long event in 2011 was announced. The dates will be June 19-25, 2011. The route of the week long summer tour in Colorado looks like a good one. A friend who has done it four times said today, "I gotta say this looks like the best route ever". The ride is limited to 1500 riders. It doesn't usually fill up as fast as Ride the Rockies, but this year could be different, so don't wait too long. (their payment system was down for the first days after announcement, then their website went down. If the links don't work when you give it a try, check back again).
Rumors were circling that only one of the big Tours (Bicycle Tour of Colorado vs. Ride the Rockies) was going to receive the permit for their event to go over Trail Ridge Road this year (inside Rocky Mountain National Park). Looks like BTC won out. It does seem very strange that the tour is beginning from Central City, the city infamously located next door to Blackhawk - the city that does not allow bikes to be ridden through their town.
More Ride Information about the 2011 BTC:
Event: Bicycle Tour of Colorado
Dates: June 19-25, 2011
Location: Loop Tour - Start in Central City, Estes Park, Granby, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Frisco, Finish in Central City. 
Route: 2011 BTC Route Description 
Length: 463 miles over 7 days with 1 day of rest.   
Limited to: 1500 Cyclists, 
Annual Event: The 17th Annual Tour
Cost: ~ $400
Registration: BTC Website
2011 Bicycle Tour of Colorado Route Cities:
June 19 Sunday DAY 1 Central City to Estes Park, 57 miles (Peak to Peak Hwy)
June 20 Monday DAY 2 Estes Park to Granby, 65 miles (Rocky Mountain National Park)
June 21 Tuesday DAY 3 Granby to Steamboat Springs, 80 miles
June 22 Wednesday DAY 4 Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs 6,728', 104 miles
June 23 Thursday DAY 5 Day off your bike in Glenwood Springs (Land of Hot Springs)
June 24 Friday DAY 6 Glenwood Springs to Frisco 8,153', 92 miles (over Vail Pass)
June 25 Saturday DAY 7 Frisco to Central City, 65 miles (over Loveland Pass)

Other related blog posts by PedalDancer.com:   
Cycling Tours in Colorado Okay let's make this clear,  Monday, October 25, 2010    
Bicycle Tour of Colorado - revisited Yes, I've ridden Bicycle Tour of Colorado too, Wednesday, June 16, 2010