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 professional cyclist 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 fascinating to watch. Somehow Laurens ten Dam, the well-known charismatic Dutch rider, now on the Giant Alpecin team, made riding on an indoor trainer seem 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:
Read more from Pedal Dancer® on the TOUR OF CALIFORNIA GUIDE PAGE for spectators.

Announcement: all of the Amgen Tour of California Pedal Dancer Guide Page information may now be viewed on a brand new website created for pro cycling fans at: Tour Chaser (TourChaser.com). 

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.

2016 Tour of California dates and host cities:

Stage 1 - San Diego, May 15, 2016
Stage 2 - South Pasadena to Santa Clarita, May 16, 2016
Stage 3 - Thousand Oaks to Santa Barbara County, May 17, 2016
Stage 4 - Morro Bay to Monterey County, May 18, 2016
Stage 5 - Lodi to South Lake Tahoe, May 19, 2016
Stage 6 - Folsom Individual Time Trial & Women's Team Time Trial, May 20, 2016
Stage 7 - Santa Rosa, May 21, 2016
Stage 8 - Sacramento, May 22, 2016

See the best cyclists in the world compete! Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
Amgen Tour of California - maps, timetables, city information
* stage start time changes for Stage 4 & 5


MORE INFORMATION
  • NEW WEBSITE: All of this information may also be viewed on a brand new website created for pro cycling fans at: Tour Chaser (TourChaser.com).  
  • CALIFORNIA TOURISM: Visit California offers tips on where to see the race and local businesses of cycling significance, here: Visit California Tour of California page.
  • WOMENS RACE: You may see details for the women's race at Tour of California on the Tour Chaser page Women's Race TOC - with teams, list of riders, favorites, stages, route maps, printable startlist, and a startlist of the women's teams for the Team Time Trial in Folsom.  

MEN'S ROUTE MAPS OF 2016 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA

The stage date, stage start times, finish times, distances and elevation gained are listed for each stage.
Tour of California route map 2016
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. The start and finish are not in the same exact location.
  • Day: Sunday, May 15, 2016
  • Stage Start time: Mission Bay San Diego is 11:30 AM (the San Diego Local Organizing Committee has wrongly printed the start time as 10:30am, this is incorrect). As at every other UCI race, riders must sign-in on the sign-in stage, at least one hour prior to the stage start. There is also a customary singing of the national anthem before the start; these proceedings are not considered the race start (affecting road closures).
  • Start location: Ski Beach (Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA 92109)
  • Neutral Start, until Km 0
  • Start and Finish line are not in the same location.
  • Finish location: Marina Village (1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109)
  • Stage Finish time: Mission Bay San Diego at 3:40 PM*
  • Miles: 106 mi
  • Kilometers: 170.5 km
  • Elevation Gain: 6,700 ft
  • Stage 1 Map Link
  • Sprint locations: 1) Imperial Beach, 2) Navajo Road
  • KOM location: 1) Honey Springs Road
  • City websites: San Diego ATOC
  • Watch Parties on route: 9 different watch parties are planned along the route of Stage 1, find a party.
  • Start VIP Hours:  10:00AM - 12:00 PM (VIP locations are not the same)
  • Finish VIP Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Festival Hours near start / finish: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
  • Festival location: on Quivira Way, Pacific Beach.
  • Visit California offers tips on where to see the race: Visit California
  • Breakaway Mile: Register for the San Diego Breakaway Mile (prior to the men's race finish).
  • Stage sponsors
  • Valet bike parking: Blind Stokers Club will be providing secure Bike Valet for cyclists riding bikes to Stage 1 start and finish venues on Mission Bay. 
  • Expected Outcome: Group sprint finish
  • Stage 1 start time is 11:30 AM
San Diego start of Stage 1 Amgen Tour of California 2016
San Diego start of Stage 1 ATOC 2016 - at Sea World Mission Bay
Stage 2 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 1 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California


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. King of the Mountain (KOM) points in the Angeles National Forest including Highway 2, Big Tujunga and Little Tujunga Canyon. Stage 2 will be a sprinter's finish.
  • Day: Monday, May 16, 2016
  • Stage Start: South Pasadena at 12:05 PM
  • Start Location: Mission Street in South Pasadena
  • Neutral Start
  • Starting line: 1017 Mission St. South Pasadena, CA
  • Finish line festival: 24500 Main St. Santa Clarita, CA
  • Finish Location: near Lyons Ave and Railroad Ave/Pine St
  • Stage Finish: Santa Clarita at 3:46 PM*
  • Traffic updates in Santa Clarita: Stage 2 in Santa Clarita
  • Miles: 92 mi
  • Kilometers: 148 km
  • Elevation Gain: 11,300 ft
  • Stage 2 Map Link
  • Sprint locations: 1) Oro Vista Avenue, 2) Placentia Canyon Road
  • KOM locations: 1) Highway 2, 2) Big Tujunga, 3) Little Tujunga Canyon 
  • City websites: South Pasadena, Santa Clarita ATOCSanta Clarita traffic and closures  
  • Start line VIP Hours : 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Finish line VIP Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Festival Hours at finish: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Finish line festival: 24500 Main St. Santa Clarita, CA
  • Visit California offers tips on where to see the race: Visit California
  • Expected Outcome: Group sprint finish, wide, flat finish in downtown Newhall.
Stage 2 start in Pasadena Amgen Tour of California  2016
Stage 2 start in Pasadena ATOC 2016. Stage 2 starts on Mission Street in South Pasadena
Stage 2 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 2 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Finish Santa Clarita Tour of California
Finish in Santa Clarita, 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 mountaintop finish at Gibraltar Road. Stage 3 will be a breakaway climber's finish. This stage is a new and exciting route in the history of the Tour of California.
  • Day: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Mountain Top Finish
  • Stage Start: Thousand Oaks at 11:10 AM
  • Start line location: 1 Amgen Center Dr. Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Neutral start
  • 2 laps: two neutral laps near the start area before the race begins at Km 0
  • Stage Finish: Santa Barbara County (up Gibralter Rd to La Cumbre Peak) KOM at 3:48 PM*
  • Miles: 104.1 mi
  • Kilometers: 167.5 km
  • Elevation Gain: 8,700 ft
  • Stage 3 Map Link
  • Sprint locations: 1) Port Hueneme, 2) Carpinteria
  • KOM locations: 1) Potroro Road, 2) Westlake Blvd, 3) Casitas Pass Road, 4) Gibraltar Road Finish (8% average grade)! 
  • City websites: Santa Barbara ATOC,  
  • Start line VIP Hours : 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • Finish line VIP Hours: 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Festival Hours at finish: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Finish Festival Location: 236 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (not on the mountain)
  • Visit California offers tips on where to see the race: Visit California
  • Expected Outcome: Select group of 2-4 riders
Start Thousand Oaks Amgen Tour of California
Start Thousand Oaks Amgen Tour of California
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. This will be the first time the peloton of the Tour of California will ride up Highway 1 in a south to north direction. Monterey is one of the most visited locations in California.
  • Day: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
  • Racetrack finish
  • Stage Start: Morro Bay at 9:55 AM (start time change)
  • Start location: 1300 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA, 93442 
  • Depart: riders will depart from the base of Morro Rock, precede along the Embarcadero, turn left on Pacific Street through downtown and make a left on Main Street, up to Yerba Buena to join Highway 1.
  • The peloton will race along the majestic Highway 1 along the California coast. From Morro Rock to San Simeon, past Hearst Castle, through Big Sur, over the famed Bixby Bridge, past Carmel-by-the Sea, and ending in Monterey County at Laguna Seca.
  • 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
  • Sprint locations: 1) Hearst Castle, 2) Carmel Highlands
  • KOM locations: 1) Pacific Highway 1 Summit #1, 2) Pacific Highway 1 Summit #2, 3) Laurales Grade Summit, 4) Mazda Raceway Summit
  • City websites: visit morrobay.org, Morro Bay ATOC,
  • Start line VIP Hours : 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Finish line VIP Hours: 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Festival Hours near finish: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Finish Festival address: 1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy. Monterey, CA
  • Visit California offers tips on where to see the race: Visit California
  • Expected outcome: Select group finish
Map of start in Morro Bay 2016 Amgen Tour of California
Map of start in Morro Bay 2016 ATOC
Stage 4 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 4 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Finish at Laguna Seca Speedway, Stage 4 ATOC 0216 Amgen Tour of California
Finish at Laguna Seca Speedway, Stage 4 ATOC 0216

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. In 1960 this area hosted the winter Olympics at Squaw Valley.
  • Day: Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • Men's Stage Start: Lodi at 9:45 AM (start time change)
  • Start line location address Stage 5: 16 W. Pine St. Lodi, CA  
  • Microsoft Tour Tracker goes live at 2:00 p.m. for the men's race. Men's and women's recap show at 9:00 p.m. 
  • Men's Stage Finish: South Lake Tahoe at 3:46 PM*
  • Finish Festival address: 3860 Saddle Rd. South Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Women's Stage Finish: South Lake Tahoe at 2:00 PM
  • Miles: 132.4 mi
  • Kilometers: 213 km
  • Elevation Gain: 13,300 ft
  • Stage 5 Map Link
  • Sprint locations: 1) Sutter Hill, 2) Luther Pass
  • KOM locations: 1) Kirkwood, 2) Carson Pass, 3) last climb to Ski Run Boulevard to Heavenly Ski Area
  • City websites: Visit South Lake Tahoe, Visit LodiLodi Amgen Tour of California Site
  • Start line VIP Hours : 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Finish line VIP Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Festival Hours at finish: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Visit California offers tips on where to see the race: Visit California
  • Strider will hold on-course races for kids in South Lake Tahoe – 1:00 p.m.
  • Expected Outcome: Select group finish 
For WOMENS race details of the opening Stage 1, please transfer to TourChaser.com: www.tourchaser.com/womens-race-toc
Start of Stage 5 in Lodi Tour of California
Start of Stage 5 in Lodi Tour of California
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, 2016 The 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
  • Time Trial: Folsom 
  • The start and finish lines are NOT in the same locations
  • Men's Start Time: 1:04 PM
  • Starting Line: address: 608 Sutter St. Folsom, CA
  • Finish Line Festival: 800 Leidesdorff St. Folsom, CA 
  • Microsoft Tour Tracker goes live at 2:00 p.m. for the men's race. Men's and women's recap show at 9:00 p.m.
  • Men's Estimated Finish: 3:45 PM*
  • Start ramp and Finish line are not in the same exact location.
  • Start location of Sutter St., Finish line on Leidesdorff St. 
  • Miles: 12.6 mi
  • Kilometers: 20.3 km
  • Elevation: 800 ft
  • Stage 6 Map Link
  • Sprint & KOM: No KOM points awarded during an ITT, points awarded at the final sprint to the line. The polka-dot jersey after Stage 5 in Lake Tahoe will be worn at the start of Stage 7 in Santa Rosa.
  • City website: Folsom ATOC site, Visit Folsom
  • Folsom road closures and parking for Tour of California time trial 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  • VIP Hours: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Festival Hours near start / finish: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Visit California offers tips on where to see the race: Visit California
  • Bike Valets close - 4:30 p.m.
  • The roads on the route will be fully closed with specific crossing points allowed and monitored by volunteer crossing guards.
  • No public parking will be permitted in the Historic District on May 20 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to park and walk or ride a bike to the Historic District.
  • For details about car parking, bike valet, hours, key viewing areas, road closures and traffic impact, please read more at: www.folsom.ca.us/visitors/things_to_do/amgen_tour_of_california
  • Expected Outcome: Wide roads and non-technical, rolling course favors pure time trial specialists.
For WOMENS race details of Stage 2 and a startlist of the order of team in the women's team time trial, please transfer to TourChaser.com: www.tourchaser.com/womens-race-toc
Folsom start ramp and finish line area Amgen Tour of California
Folsom start ramp and finish line area
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. The scenic penultimate stage rolls along country roads through vineyards, redwoods, coastline and forests.
  • Day: Saturday, May 21, 2016
  • "King stage" and "Penultimate Stage"
  • Stage Start: Santa Rosa at 11:10 AM
  • Start and Finish location address: 610 3RD St. Santa Rosa, CA 
  • Microsoft Tour Tracker goes live at 1:30 p.m. for the men's race. Men's and women's recap show at 9:00 p.m. 
  • Stage Finish: Santa Rosa at 3:45 PM*
  • 3 laps: the peloton will do 3 laps of the downtown circuit
  • Start and Finish is in the same location. 
  • Miles: 91.0 mi
  • Kilometers: 146.5 km
  • Elevation Gain: 8,600 ft
  • Stage 7 Map Link
  • Sprint locations: 1) Cazadero, 2) Carmet Beach
  • KOM 4 locations: 1) King Ridge Road, 2) and 3) Pacific Coast Highway, 4) Coleman Valley Road (only Coleman Valley is shown on the map below). Today the winner of the KOM jersey will hold it for the overall King of the Mountain.
  • City websites: Santa Rosa ATOC, Visit Santa Rosa, 
  • Road closures for Santa Rosa Tour of California 
  • VIP Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Festival Hours near start / finish: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Visit California offers tips on where to see the race: Visit California
  • Women's Race Start at 9:15 am
  • Women's Race Finish at 12:10 pm
  • Luther Burbank Rose Parade will take place while the peloton is out on course: 12:15-2:15 pm. Joan Lunden, breast cancer survivor, will be Grand Marshall of the parade in Santa Rosa, more information.
  • Breakaway Mile: Register for the Santa Rosa Breakaway Mile (prior to the men's race finish).
  • Expected Outcome: Select group finish
A time log /itinerary of Stage 7 (helpful for those cyclists planning to rider out on course) may be found at TourChaser.com: www.tourchaser.com/routes--maps-atoc

For WOMENS race details of Stage 3, please transfer to women's race page at TourChaser.com: www.tourchaser.com/womens-race-toc
Santa Rosa downtown map Tour of California 2016
Santa Rosa downtown map ATOC 2016
Stage 7 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 7 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California
Stage 7 profile map - Santa Rosa
Stage 7 profile map - Santa Rosa


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
  • Final Stage
  • Stage Start: Sacramento at 11:55 AM
  • Start and Finish location address: 1131 11th St. Sacramento, CA 
  • Microsoft Tour Tracker goes live at 1:30 p.m. for the men's race. Men's and women's recap show at 9:00 p.m.  
  • Stage Finish: Sacramento at 3:45 PM*
  • Neutral Start
  • 3 laps: the peloton will do 3 ceremonial laps of the downtown circuit before departing for the KM 0 marker where the real racing begins.
  • Start and Finish is in the same location. 
  • Miles: 84.8 mi
  • Kilometers: 136.5 km
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • Stage 8 Map Link
  • Sprint locations: 1) Clarksburg, 2) finish line in downtown Sacramento
  • KOM locations:  No KOM points!
  • City websites: Visitors to Sacramento, Sacramento ATOC
  • VIP Hours: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Festival Hours near start / finish: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Visit California offers tips on where to see the race: Visit California
  • Breakaway Mile: Register for the Saramento Breakaway Mile (prior to the men's race finish). 
  • Strider will hold on-course races for kids in Sacramento – 9:45 a.m.
  • Expected Outcome: Group sprint finish
For WOMENS race details of the final Stage 4, please transfer to TourChaser.com: www.tourchaser.com/womens-race-toc
Map of Sacramento Tour of California 2016
Map of Sacramento Tour of California 2016
Sacramento ATOC 2016 route map near start and finish
Sacramento start and finish area, final stage Tour of California
Stage 8 map of Tour of California 2016
Stage 8 map of Tour of California 2016. Map created by Amgen Tour of California

WOMENS ROUTE MAPS

For details on the WOMENS RACE route maps, teams, startlist and favorites and how to watch the race, please transfer to the Tour Chaser Womens Race TOC page.

Meanwhile ....
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 official Giant-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.

Be a tourist in California. It is a 9 hour drive from San Diego to San Francisco. VisitCalifornia.com regional map
2016 posts by Pedal Dancer®:

Pedal Dancer® race coverage 2016:

25 January 2016

Cycling Events and Bike Rides in Colorado 2016

2016 Colorado Bike Ride and Cycling Event Calendar List

2017 EVENT CALENDAR: Cycling Events and Bike Rides in Colorado 2017

You have discovered the comprehensive free bike event calendar in Colorado. Every year, thousands of road cyclists, gravel riders, mountain bikers, fat bike lovers and cruisers use the Pedal Dancer® bicycling event list to plan their personal cycling season. This is a fine list of bike events, organized by hard-working enthusiasts to bring you cycling events across our state; from free rides to charitable fundraisers to week-long bike tours.

There is much in store for local and visiting cyclists to Colorado in 2016. Get ready to escape on your bike in search of that next great ride. Any one of the rides listed below could change your path and expand your beliefs in what you are capable of doing both mentally and physically. What excites you about cycling in Colorado? What roads have you yet to ride? What mountain pass yet to climb, what speed yet to attain, what coffee shop yet to visit, what new friend yet to meet?

The Pedal Dancer Event Calendar List is now in it's fifth year, intending to inspire and help you plan and register for an event. Updated throughout the year, below is a calendar list of bike events in Colorado in date order with known 2016 dates and links to the cycling event website.
It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot.
And to experience what you might otherwise have not. ~ me

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Colorado cycling event Pedal Dancer Photography
The beautiful Swan Mountain bike path on route to Breckenridge. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
BIKE EVENTS

List of Colorado road cycling events, gran fondos, century rides, cruiser rides, fat bike races, randonneurs, extreme long distance bike events, hill climbs, mountain bike events, gravel rides, week-long bike tours, charity bike rides and so much more.

*Final dates will be added as published by the event organizers. This calendar will be updated throughout the year. 

2017 EVENT CALENDAR: Cycling Events and Bike Rides in Colorado 2017

Cycling EVENT RIDES and bike TOURS in Colorado in 2016:

January 3, 2016 - Resolution Ride, Parker, 20/30/40mi
January 16, 2016 - Winter Park Fat Bike Series - Frosty Fraser, Winter Park, Fat Bike
January 23, 2016 - Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series - Copper Mountain, Fat bike/MTB
February 7, 2016 - Old Man Winter Rally, Boulder, 50K/100K, gravel & paved & run
February 13, 2016 - Winter Park Fat Bike Series, Granby Ranch, Fat Bike
February 20, 2016 - Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series, Tennessee Pass Night Jam, Ski Cooper, Fat bike/MTB
January 27-31, 2016 - Fat Bike World Championships, Crested Butte, 20mi, Fat Bike
March 5, 2016 - Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series -Mineral Belt Mayhem, Leadville, Fat bike/MTB
March 12, 2016 - Winter Park Fat Bike Series -Rendezvous Rally, Winter Park, Fat Bike
March 12-15 , 2016 - Skinny Tire Festival, Moab, Utah, bike & run
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 23, 2106 - Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series - East Side Epic, Leadville, Fat bike/MTB
April 28-May 1, 2016 - Fruita Fat Tire Festival, multi-event, MTB
April 30, 2016 - Ridgeline Rampage, Castle Rock, 16-mile circuit, MTB
April 30, 2016 - Encierro Ride (gravel), Monument, 50/100K
April 30, 2016 - Foothills Climbfest, Ken Caryl, 81mi, 8,000ft
May 1, 2016 - Rose Hill Rally, Grand Junction, 31/62mi (facebook
May 6-7, 2016 - 18 Hours of Fruita, Fruita, 7+mi repeated loop, MTB
May 7, 2016 - Dessert Rats Mtn Bike Classic, Kokopelli Trail CO-UT, 50/100K, MTB
May __, 2016 - Mission to Ride, Montrose, 40/60/100mi, road & MTB
May 14, 2016 - Battle The Bear, Lakewood, 10/20/30/50mi, MTB
May 20-22, 2016 - The Grand Junction Off Roa, Grand Junction (MTB)  
May 21, 2016 - Ride for the Pass, Independence Pass opening the road, Aspen, 10mi
May 21, 2016 - Triple C - Bike Ride, Broomfield, 45/62/100mi 
May 21, 2016 - Pony Xpress (gravel), Trinidad, 70/160K
May 22, 2016 - McKee Classic Bike Tour, Loveland, 5/30/37/60mi
May 22, 2016 - Santa Fe Century, Santa Fe, New Mexico 20/50/103.9mi
May 28-30, 2016 - Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango-Silverton, 50mi
May 28, 2016 - Boulder Fearsome Five, Boulder, 100mi, 15,000+ft
May 28, 2016 - The Half Growler, Gunnison, 32mi, MTB
May 29, 2016 - The Original (Full) Growler, Gunnison, 64mi, MTB
May 29, 2016 - Cafe Velo Tri Lakes GranFondo, Monument, 22/44/66/88/110mi
June 4, 2016 - Palisade Gran Fondo, Palisade, 40/69mi
June 4, 2016 - PV Cycle Derby, Elbert, 15/22/33/55mi, MTB 
June 4-5, 2016 - Eagle Outside Festival & Expo (Firebird 40), Eagle, 40K, MTB
June 4, 2016 - Buena Vista Bicycle Festival, Buena Vista 38/50/62/97mi
June 5, 2016 - Little Park Road Hillclimb, Grand Junction, 13.21mi, 1752.31ft
June 5, 2016 - Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, Castle Rock, 40/62/100mi, road
June 5, 2016 - Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, 27mi, gravel
June 9-10, 2016 - Ride The Rockies Prologue Ride (by special invite/registration)
June 11-13, 2016 - Death Ride Tour, Silverton, 225mi, 3-days
June 11-17, 2016 - The Denver Post Ride The Rockies, week-long tour
June 11, 2016 - Gran Fondo Aspen, Aspen, 54.9mi
June 11, 2016 - Pedaling for Parkinson's, Denver, 55mi
June 11, 2016 - Colorado High Country Double Century, Boulder, 207mi, 12,000ft
June 11, 2016 - Mountain Top Cycling Club Experience Ride, Woodland Park, 50/75/106mi 
June 12, 2016 - Eddy Rando - Parker, 20/40mi fast/slow, steel bikes & party 8:00am Map
June 16, 2016 - Urban Assault Ride, Boulder, obstacle challenge
June 18, 2016 - G'Night Ride, Longmont, 1/3/12mi, cruiser family ride
June 18, 2016 - Moots Colorado Ranch Rally, Steamboat Springs, 50mi, dirt road/gravel 
June 18, 2016 - Pedal 4 Possible, Louisville, 100mi 10/50/100K
June 18, 2016 - Starlight Spectacular, Garden of the Gods, night ride short ride
June 18, 2016 - Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride, Denver, 25/50/75/100mi
June 18, 2016 - Bailey Hundo Bailey, 102.47mi, MTB
June 18, 2016 - Bailey Hundito Bailey, MTB
June 19, 2016 - Betti Bike Bash, Castle Rock, MTB, women only
June 19-25, 2016 - Bicycle Tour of Colorado, week-long tour
June 19, 2016 - Backcountry Burner, Highlands Ranch, MTB
June 25, 2016 - Sopris Century/Ride for the Child, Carbondale, 12/31/60/100mi
June 25, 2016 - Cycle to Saturn, Golden, 201mi, 20,000ft, Double Century
June 25-26, 2016 - Rough Riders 200, Angle Fire, NM, 50/100/150/200mi, 2-days 
June 25-26, 2016 - Bike MS Colorado, Fort Collins, 30-124mi options 1 or 2 days
June 16, 2016 - Urban Assault Ride, Denver, obstacle challenge
July 9, 2016 - Tour de Ladies, Parker, 30/62.5m, women only
July 9, 2016 - Colorado Classic Double Century, Boulder, 243mi, 16,000ft
July 9-10, 2016 - Triple Bypass, Evergreen-Avon, 120mi/240mi, 1 or 2 days
July 10, 2016 - Turin Retro Ride, Denver, Turin Bicycle Shop
July 16, 2016 - Bike to Build (SLV Century), Alamosa San Luis Valley, 35/60/100mi
July 16, 2016 - Breckenridge 100 Challenge 100mi, MTB
July 17, 2016 - Rapha 100 Women's Ride, Boulder, women's only ride, 100km
July 23, 2016 - Bob Cool Memorial Mt Evans Hill Climb, Idaho Springs, 28mi, 6,900ft 
July 23, 2016 - Kent Eriksen Tour de Steamboat, Steamboat Springs, 25/40/110mi
July 23-24, 2016 - Courage Classic, Summit and Eagle Counties, 3-days
July 23-30, 2016 - 109˚ West Bicycle Tour, SW Colorado, week-long tour
July 23, 2016 - SOS Outreach Colorado - Eagle River Ride, Beaver Creek, 42/68/100mi
July 23, 2016 - Bob Cook Mem'l Mt Evans Citizens Gran Fondo Hill Climb, Idaho Springs, 6630ft
July 30, 2016 - Grin & Barrett Black Canyon Buttkicker Charity Ride, Montrose, 33/50/75/115/155mi
July 30, 2016 - 155 Team Challenge Gran Fondo, Montrose
July 30, 2016 - Colorado Park to Park Challenge, Denver to Winter Park, 96mi (a challenge!)
July 30, 2016 - Circle the Summit (Bob Guthrie Memorial), Summit County, 21/45/60/100mi
July 30, 2016 - Cripple Creek Crippler, Ken Caryl, 207mi, 19,000ft, Double Century
July 31-August 6, 2016 - Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour, Gunnison, 472mi, 7-days
August 6, 2016 - I-25 Kia Copper Triangle, Copper Mountain, 82mi
August 6, 2016 - Stonewall Century Bicycle Ride, Spanish Peaks, La Veta, 100mi
August 7, 2016 - Classic Velo Retro Rider, Boulder, Vecchio's at 10am
August 9-14, 2016 - Breck Epic, Breckenridge, 35-50mi a day, 6-day stage race, MTB 
August 13, 2016 - Leadville Trail 100 MTB, Leadville, 100mi, MTB
August 13, 2016 - Red Rocks Gran Fondo, Red Rocks (a hard one!), 33/50/62/100mi
August 13, 2016 - BStrong Ride, Boulder, 24/69mi
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
August 13, 2016 - Tour of the Valley, Grand Junction, 30/50/78/100mi
August 20, 2016 - Tour de Cure Colorado, Longmont, 10/50/62/100mi
August 20, 2016 - Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop, Golden, 200mi, 15,000ft
August 28, 2016 - Golden Gran Fondo, Golden, 20/60/90mi
August 27, 2016 - Colo Bike Law Lookout Mountain Hillclimb, Golden, 4.6mi, 1200ft
August 27, 2016 - Venus de Miles, Boulder, 33/51/100mi, women only
August 27, 2016 - CF Cycle For Life (Cystic Fibrosis), Highlands Ranch, 14/49/65mi
August 28, 2016 - Good Sam Bike Jam, Lafayette (Boulder County), 62/100mi
August 29, 2016 - Colorado Gran Fondo, Colorado Springs, 60/100mi
September 3, 2016 - The Axel Project Bicycle Classic, San Juan Mountains, 48/80mi
September 4, 2016 - West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison-CB, 134mi, paved and dirt
September 9-11, 2016 - Vail Outlier, Vail, enduro, ultra XC MTB 
September 10-11, 2016 - Vapor Trail 125, Salida 125mi, midnight MTB, 1 night
September 11, 2016 - Wacky Bike Ride, Highlands Ranch, 6/45/62/100mi   
September 11, 2016 - Buffalo Bicycle Classic, Boulder, 35/50/70/100/110mi
September 15-18, 2016 - Salida Bike Fest, Salida, MTB, 4-days
September 16-18, 2016 - The Denver Post Pedal the Plains, Eastern Plains, 3-days
September 17, 2016 - Tour de Vineyards, Palisade, 25mi
September 17, 2016 - Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race, Salida 26mi, MTB
September 17, 2016 - Boulder Bike Brew Festival (by Cyclists 4 Community), Boulder
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 18, 2016 - Monarch Crest Crank, Salida, 25mi, MTB
September 24, 2016 - Mountains To The Desert Bike Ride, Telluride, 70/100/103/133/200mi
September 24, 2016 - Telluride 200, Telluride, 200mi
September 24, 2016 - Bikes and Brews, Royal Gorge, Canon City, cruiser, road & MTB
September 24, 2016 - Royal Gorge Century, Royal Gorge, Canon City, 100mi
September 24, 2016 - Ride 4 Success, Greeley, family/25/50mi
September 24, 2016 - Tour de Cure Southern Colorado, Colorado Springs, 10/50/62/100mi
October 1, 2016 - Pedal 50, Monument, 55mi, gravel *free
October 1, 2016 - Moab Century Tour, Moab, Utah, 40/60/100mi
October 1, 2016 - Icon Tour of the Moon, Grand Junction, 62mi

For a growing list of mountain biking events and races, please go to: Colorado and National Bike Race Calendar List 2016.

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A day of bikes, friends and swag. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®

Colorado cycling EVENTS, FILMS, SUMMITS, SWAPS, PARTIES, FUNDRAISERS, and KEY REGISTRATION DATES in 2016:

List of Colorado bike swaps, special events, parties, bike meetings, award nights, key registration dates, bike camps and so much more.

December 1, 2016 - Lottery Registration opens for Leadville Trail 100, MTB, results in Jan
December 5, 2016 - Registration opens for Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
December to February 10th, 2016 - Registration for Baily Hundo 102, MTB
January 11, 2016 - Registration opens for Triple Bypass 2016
January 25-30, 2016 - Various activities Winter Bike Week, Denver
January 26, 2016 - Meetup Bikes Biz & Beer, Denver, every 2 months, (must RSVP)
January 27, 2016 - Ride Movement Winter Bike to Work Day, FREE Denver B-cycle day
January 27, 2016 - Nutrition Resolution Solutions by Caroline Smith, Giant Store, Littleton
January 27-31, 2016 - Festival Fat Bike World Championships, Crested Butte, Fat Bike
January 28, 2016 - Show and Tell Fat Bike Night, Denver
January 30, 2016 - Awards Party Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado Cross Cup 2015
January 31, 2016 - Fundraiser Trips for Kids Sundays with Fausto, Denver, 4-10pm
January 31, 2016 - Expo Colorado Custom and Vintage Bicycle Expo, Jefferson County Fairgrounds
February 6, 2016 - Route Announcement Party for Ride the Rockies 2016
February 6 - March 1, 2016 - Registration opens for Ride the Rockies 2016
February 8-9, 2016 - Meeting Colorado Bicycle Summit, Denver, Advocacy
February 18, 2016 - Movie Inspired to Ride (by Pedal of Littleton), Alamo Drafthouse, 7:15pm
February 24, 2016 - Officials Meeting BRAC 
February 24, 2016 - Cyclocross Race Directors Meeting BRAC
February 28, 2016 - Women's bike Clinic - ride your first Century, Campus Cycles Lakewood, 10-12pm
March 31, 2016 - Bike Shop fun Heels on Wheels, Denver, Women only
April 5, 2016 - Meetup Bikes Biz & Beer, Denver, every 2 months, (must RSVP)
April 21, 2016 - Bike Shop fun Heels on Wheels, Lakewood, Women only
April 29, 2016 - Fundraiser Bicycle Colorado Gala Fundraiser, Denver
April 30, 2016 - Bike Swap Colorado Springs VeloSwap, Colorado Springs, *Free buy and sell
May 4, 2016 - Ride Movement National Walk Bike to School Day
May 5, 2016 - Women's Night, WRC Women's Night Out, Wheat Ridge bike shop, 6-9pm
May 6-8, 2016 - Camp Junior Road Camp, Divide, CO, Tri Velo Series
May 8, 2016 - Ride Movement CycloFemme Day annual women's ride, check local rides
May 12, 2016 - Women's Night at Boulder Cycle Sport, 6-8pm
May 13-14, 2016 - Expo Colorado Bike Expo, Denver, 3-day outdoor event
May 16-20, 2016 - Ride Movement National Bike to Work Week
May 20, 2016 - Ride Movement National Bike to Work Day
May 22, 2016 - Meet n Greet Women Bike Colorado, Sterne Park Littleton, 1-5pm
June 12, 2016 - Ride with steel bikes! Eddy Rando, Parker with party after 8:00am Map
June 12, 2016 - Jesse Swift Benefit, Fundraiser to help. Alamo Draft House, Littleton 2:00pm
June 18, 2016 - Clinic - VIDA MTB Bike Clinic, Castle Rock, for women
June 18, 2016 - Little Bellas All Girls Bike Camp, Castle Rock (Ages 8-13 girls only)  
June 22, 2016 - Ride Movement Colorado Bike to Work Day
August 26-28, 2016 - Camp Junior CX Camp, Golden, CO, Tri Velo Series  
September 1, 2016 - Fundraiser Ride for Reading Denver Delivery 2016, Denver
October 22, 2016 - Swap Velo Swap, Denver, annual bicycle equipment swap

Dates TBD in 2016 - Camp Junior Mtn Bike Camp, Tri Velo Series

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RMRC Thump Coffee race club members riding along Lake Dillon in 2015 on their way to Loveland Pass to watch the USA Pro Challenge.  ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®

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WOMEN only Cycling Events and Bike Rides/Races in Colorado in 2016:

If you enjoy the friendly atmosphere and good vibes of riding with other women - you will enjoy the show of strength and determination at these women only bike rides and races in Colorado:

March 31, 2016 - Bike Shop fun Heels on Wheels, Denver, women only night
April 21, 2016 - Bike Shop fun Heels on Wheels, Lakewood, women only night
June 19, 2016 - Betti Bike Bash, Castle Rock, MTB, women's clinic and race 
July 9, 2016 - Tour de Ladies, Parker, 30/62.5m, women's ride
July 17, 2016 - Rapha 100 Women's Ride, Boulder, 100km, women's only ride
August 27, 2016 - Venus de Miles, Boulder, 33/51/100mi, women's only ride

Colorado MULTI-DAY Event Tour Rides (2-day, 3-day, week-long tours) in 2016:

Why not vacation in Colorado in 2016? Completely relax knowing all you have to do is pedal ... for a week.

June 11-13, 2016 - Death Ride Tour, Silverton, 225mi, 3-days 
June 11-17, 2016 - The Denver Post Ride The Rockies, week-long tour
June 19-25, 2016 - Bicycle Tour of Colorado, week-long tour
June 25-26, 2016 - Rough Riders 200, Angle Fire, NM, 50/100/150/200mi, 2-days
June 25-26, 2016 - Bike MS Colorado, Fort Collins, 30-124mi options 1 or 2 days
July 9-10, 2016 - Triple Bypass, Evergreen-Avon, 120M/240mi, 1 or 2 days
July 23-24, 2016 - Courage Classic, Summit and Eagle Counties, 3-days
July 23-30, 2016 - 109˚ West Bicycle Tour, SW Colorado, week-long tour
July 31-August 6, 2016 - Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour, Gunnison, 472mi, 7-days
August 9-14, 2016 - Breck Epic, Breckenridge, 35-50mi a day, 6-day stage race, MTB
September 16-18, 2016 - The Denver Post Pedal the Plains, Eastern Plains, 3-days

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The love of the bike as much as the destination. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®

Colorado Road CENTURY bike rides in 2016:

These century rides in Colorado promise you the option of near or greater than 100-miles on a road bike in a single day. For a list of Metric Centuries (62.137 miles), please see the complete list of events at the top of this page).

May 21, 2016 - Triple C - Bike Ride, Broomfield, 100mi
May 22, 2016 - Santa Fe Century, Santa Fe, New Mexico 103.9mi 
May 29, 2016 - Cafe Velo Tri Lakes GranFondo, Monument, 88/110mi
June 4, 2016 - Buena Vista Bicycle Festival, Buena Vista 97mi
June 5, 2016 - Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, Castle Rock, 100mi
June 11, 2016 - Mountain Top Cycling Club Experience Ride, Woodland Park, 106mi
June 18, 2016 - Pedal 4 Possible, Louisville, 100mi
June 18, 2016 - Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride, Denver, 100mi
June 25, 2016 - Sopris Century/Ride for the Child, Carbondale, 100mi 
June 25-26, 2016 - Rough Riders 200, Angle Fire, NM, 100/150/200mi, 2-days 
June 25-26, 2016 - Bike MS Colorado, Fort Collins, 30-124mi options 1 or 2 days
July 9-10, 2016 - Triple Bypass, Evergreen-Avon, 120mi/240mi, 1 or 2 days
July 16, 2016 - Bike to Build (SLV Century), Alamosa San Luis Valley, 100mi
July 23, 2016 - Kent Eriksen Tour de Steamboat, Steamboat Springs, 110mi
July 23, 2016 - SOS Outreach Colorado - Eagle River Ride, Beaver Creek, 100mi
July 30, 2016 - Grin & Barrett Black Canyon Buttkicke Charity Ride, Montrose, 115/155mi
July 30, 2016 - Colorado Park to Park Challenge, Denver to Winter Park, 96mi (a challenge!)
July 30, 2016 - Circle the Summit (Bob Guthrie Memorial), Summit County, 100mi
August 6, 2016 - Stonewall Century Bicycle Ride, Spanish Peaks, La Veta, 100mi
August 13, 2016 - Red Rocks Century, Red Rocks (a hard one!), 100mi
August 13, 2016 - Prestige Imports Vuelta a Dillon Fondo, Dillon, 90mi
August 13, 2016 - Tour of the Valley, Grand Junction, 30/50/78/100mi 
August 20, 2016 - Tour de Cure Colorado, Longmont, 100mi
August 28, 2016 - Golden Gran Fondo, Golden, 90mi
August 27, 2016 - Venus de Miles, Boulder, 100mi, women's ride
August 28, 2016 - Good Sam Bike Jam, Lafayette (Boulder County), 100mi
August 29, 2016 - Colorado Gran Fondo, Colorado Springs, 100mi
September 4, 2016 - West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison-CB, 134mi, paved and dirt
September 11, 2016 - Wacky Bike Ride, Highlands Ranch, 100mi  
September 11, 2016 - Buffalo Bicycle Classic, Boulder, 100/110mi
September 24, 2016 - Mountains To The Desert Bike Ride, Telluride, 100/103/133/200mi
September 24, 2016 - Royal Gorge Century, Royal Gorge, Canon City, 100mi
September 24, 2016 - Tour de Cure Southern Colorado, Colorado Springs, 100mi
October 1, 2016 - Moab Century Tour, Moab, Utah, 100mi 

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Colorado Gravel or Mountain Bike, 100K or 100-mile CENTURY bike rides in 2016:

These century rides in Colorado promise you the option of near or greater than 100-miles on a gravel bike or mountain bike in a single day.

February 7, 2016 - Old Man Winter Rally, Boulder, 50K/100K, gravel & paved & run
April 2, 2016 - AntiEpic Gravel Grinder, Monument, 50/160mi, gravel
April 30, 2016 - Encierro Ride (gravel), Monument, 50/100K
May 7, 2016 - Dessert Rats Mtn Bike Classic, Kokopelli Trail CO-UT, 50/100K, MTB
May 28-29, 2016 - The Original Growler, Gunnison, 32/64mi, MTB
June 12, 2016 - Eddy Rando - Parker, 20/40mi fast/slow, steel bikes & party 8:00am Map
June 18, 2016 - Bailey Hundo Bailey, 102.47mi, MTB
July 16, 2016 - Breckenridge 100 Challenge 100mi, MTB
August 13, 2016 - Leadville Trail 100 MTB, Leadville, 100mi, MTB
September 4, 2016 - West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison-CB, 134mi, paved and dirt
September 10-11, 2016 - Vapor Trail 125, Salida 125mi, midnight MTB, 1 night

For an extensive list of Colorado mountain races and rides, please transfer to:  Colorado and National Bike Race Calendar List 2016

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Olivia cycling. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®

Colorado Triple Crown LONG DISTANCE rides in 2016:

RMCC 2016 Challenge Series / Colorado Triple Crown Series ultra distance cycling events, now number six, and includes these rides covering 80-200+ miles in a day, with over 11,000-16,000ft of climbing in a day, over multiple mountain passes of 11,000+ft in elevation. Many of these events are timed and awards (title) given for completing a series of rides. More information.

 Colorado Triple Crown Series
  1. June 11, 2016 - Colorado High Country Double Century, Boulder, 207mi, 12,000ft 
  2. June 25, 2016 - Cycle to Saturn, Golden, 201mi, 20,000ft, Double Century 
  3. July 9, 2016 - Colorado Classic Double Century, Boulder, 243mi, 16,000ft
  4. July 30, 2016 - Cripple Creek Crippler, Ken Caryl, 207mi, 19,000ft, Double Century
  5. August 20, 2016 - Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop, Golden, 200mi, 15,000ft
Challenge Series Short-Course Events
  1. April 30, 2016 - Foothills Climbfest, Ken Caryl, 81mi, 8,000ft
  2. May 28, 2016 - Boulder Fearsome Five, Boulder, 100mi, 15,000+ft

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Cycling Lifestyle. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®

Randonneurring - EXTREME LONG DISTANCE cycling events in Colorado in 2016

There are more than 10,000 members of Randonneurs USA, find more information at www.rusa.org/. Randonneurring is long distance (200-1200+ mile) self-supported cycling. Brevets are randonneuring events. The events have time constraints and speed goals averaged whether still or moving. You'll find plenty of awards or certificates and incredible challenges, including the ultimate event, the Paris-Brest-Paris Randonneur (every four years; next race August 2017) in France. A Populaire is a brevet-format ride shorter than 200km (100km-199km). To learn more randonneur blog. For a list of brevets in Colorado, please see Rocky Mountain Cycling Club. To seach the list of randonneur rides in the United States, please search by state at: Rondonneur Events.

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Cruising.  ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
Colorado CRUISER rides in 2016

Short social bike rides around town, sometimes involving costumes, always involving rowdy fun.

Denver Cruiser Ride Denver Bike Nights - every Wednesday night, late spring to early fall, May to September 2016, typically near downtown Denver.
Longmont Bike Night - every Wednesday night, late spring to early fall, May to September 2016, near downtown Longmont.
Pueblo Cruiser Bike Rides - every Friday night, late spring to early fall, May to September 2016, near downtown Pueblo.
Happy Thursday Cruiser Ride, Boulder - every Thursday night, late spring to early fall, May to September 2016, near downtown Boulder.

Weekly Club Rides on Meetup

Rocky Mountain Cycling Club: intermediate to advanced; road, gravel, cruiser.

See more bike ride meetup groups in Colorado

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Local Boulder resident Taylor Phinney surprised us all with a fantastic fast win into Steamboat Springs on Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
Major PROFESSIONAL CYCLING RACE Events in Colorado for 2016:

USA PRO CHALLENGE 2016 is cancelled

The American Tour PRO RACE in Colorado is NOT returning for the summer of 2016. Race organizers have stated they needed more time to restructure the race and confirm new long-term race sponsorship. I had covered the race for five years at Pedal Dancer®: USA PRO CHALLENGE. It will be missed.

If you enjoy cheering on professional racers, mark your calendar for the USA cycling Pro Road Tour local race August 6, 2016 - Littleton Twilight Criterium Littleton, CO, Criterium, Men's / Women's.

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South side of Loveland Pass. ©Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer Photography®
SUMMIT COUNTY cycling

If you ride in Summit County Colorado (Frisco, Dillon, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain) you will be interested in reading my recommended rides featured on Ride with GPS.

Pedal Dancer® Rides Summit County Colorado
Colorado CLIMBS - a list of cycling climbs in Colorado!

Please also see my magnificent online guide:
Pedal Dancer® Guide Page (description, ride reports, facts and maps): COLORADO CLIMBS

Map of 27 Pedal Dancer® recommended bike climbs in Colorado featured on this interactive map link.

Best bike climbs in Colorado
Map of popular cycling climbs in Colorado by Pedal Dancer
Good luck in your quest to go higher, farther and faster (or simply to stop and smell the roses along the route) in 2016

If you would like to add your event to this page, please contact me.  Have a great year of cycling!
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu

2017 EVENT CALENDAR: Cycling Events and Bike Rides in Colorado 2017


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