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COLORADO CYCLING

CYCLING IN COLORADO


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COLORADO CYCLING

RECOMMENDED RIDES IN COLORADO

Pedal Dancer® Recommended Rides in Colorado
More of my favorite Road Bike Rides in Colorado
  • Copper Triangle (Copper Mountain, Leadville, Vail loop)
  • Squaw Pass/Mt Evans Loop
  • Lyons, Ward, Boulder Loop
  • Lyons, Allens Park, up Trail Ridge Road / Grand Lake
  • Deer Creek, High Grade, Turkey Creek area loop
  • Frisco, Keystone, Montezuma, Loveland Pass area
  • Cottonwood Pass between Crested Butte and Buena Vista
  • Deckers Loop
  • Colorado Monument
  • Independence Pass/Aspen
  • Maroon Bells + Castle Creek, Aspen
  • Grand Mesa and Paonia area
COLORADO MOUNTAIN PASSES
  • Altitude of the mountain passes in Colorado
  • Mount Evans: 14,160 ft (4316 m), 15%
  • Pikes Peak Highway: 14,115 ft (4302 m), 8%
  • Trail Ridge Rd: 12,183 ft (3713 m), 5.4%
  • Independence Pass: 12,103 ft (3689 m), 6%
  • Loveland Pass: 11,992 ft (3655 m), 6%
  • Hoosier Pass: 11,541 ft (3518 m), 8%
  • Slumgullion Pass: 11,361 ft (3463 m), 9.4%/7.9%
  • Fremont Pass: 11,318 ft (3450 m), 5.7%
  • Monarch Pass: 11,312 ft (3448 m), 6.4%
  • Vail Pass: 10,666 ft (3251 m), 7%
  • Leadville 100 course: low point is 9,200 ft (2804 m), highest point is 12,600 ft (3840 m)
5280 Best Bike Rides, May 2013 edition
Recommended Road Bike Rides in Colorado by 5280 Magazine

Fr a list of 21 recommended road bike rides in Colorado by 5280 Magazine, please read: Cycling Routes in Colorado by 5280 or see rides listed below. Recommended Reading: Spin Cities in 5280 Magazine, By Lindsey B. Koehler:

... With dry roads and sunny days stretching out ahead of us, we’re joining the frenzy—and helping you do the same—by highlighting some of the best road cycling routes (for beginners and experts alike!) along the Front Range and in Colorado’s famed high country. Clip in and enjoy the ride."

Features of the 5280 article:

In her article recommending 21 bike rides in Colorado, Lindsey B. Koehler has listed the major nearby city, distance, difficulty level, maps, profiles, and most importantly - rest stops or happy hour locations near the routes. I enjoy a destination or loop ride, and this 5280 article offers plenty of choices. I could fill the year doing all these routes; there remains three I have yet to tackle.

The list of 21 road rides in Colorado that made the Best of list according 5280 Magazine, Spin Cities:
  • Colorado Springs: The Ride: Cheyenne Cañon, Distance (Hard): 11.4 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Colorado Springs: The Ride: Pikes Peak Highway (Hard), Distance: 60 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Beaver Creek: The Ride: The Copper Triangle (Hard), Distance: 92 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Beaver Creek: The Ride: Eagle River Ramble (Easy), Distance 27 round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Steamboat Springs: The Ride: Steamboat Springs to Lake Catamount (Easy), Distance: 22 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Steamboat Springs: The Ride: Emerald Mountain Circuit (Moderate), Distance: 27.7 mile loop, (see the ride, pg 3)
  • Boulder: The Ride: Peak to Peak Highway (Moderate to Hard), Distance: 60 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Boulder: The Ride: Neva Loop(Easy), Distance: 15.4 mile loop, (see the ride
  • Boulder: The Ride: Super James (Hard), Distance: 40 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Boulder: The Ride: Boulder to Estes Park (Moderate), Distance: 78 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Boulder: The Ride: Super Flag (Hard), Distance: 10 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Boulder: The Ride: Magnolia (17%!)(Hard), Distance: 9 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Boulder: The Ride: Carter Lake (Moderate), Distance: 65 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Bellvue/Fort Collins: The Ride: Rist Canyon Loop (Moderate to Hard), Distance: 42 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Bellvue/Fort Collins: The Ride: Centennial Drive Loop (Easy), Distance 22.7 mile loop, (see the ride)
  • Aspen: The Ride: Maroon Bells (Moderate), Distance: 18 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Aspen: The Ride: Extended Maroon Bells (Hard), Distance: 52.9 miles on two branches, (see the ride)
  • Denver: The Ride: Confluence Park to Cherry Creek State Park (Easy), Distance: 28.4 miles round-trip, (see the ride) [I personally like the extension of the Cherry Creek Path from the Reservoir down past Parker].
  • Denver/Golden: The Ride: Lookout Mountain (Hard), Distance: 37.2 out and back, (see the ride)
  • Breckenridge: The Ride: Lake Dillon Loop (Moderate), Distance: 31 miles round-trip, (see the ride)
  • Breckenridge/Keystone: The Ride: Extended Lake Dillon (Moderate), Distance: 38.0 miles, (see the ride

Recommended Road Rides in Colorado by Team Evergreen (a local bike club)

See more information by Team Evergreen - Top 10 Local Rides


Recommended Road Rides in Colorado by SteepClimbs (an out-of-stater!)

SteepClimbs.com offers a list of 13 rides including descriptions of his favorite climbs in the state: Colorado Climbs. A nice list for a rider from South Carolina.


Recommended Road Ride climbs in Colorado (by a local!)

Steve Garufi - ColoradoGuy.com: Cycling Colorado 

Recommended Climbing Guide to Colorado's mountain passes
Colorado Ride Reports by Pedal Dancer®
Colorado Travel Reports by Pedal Dancer®
Colorado Image of the Day (series)
Recommended Viewing
Misc - Colorado Cycling
by Pedal Dancer®
Colorado Ride Reports - by others
Books - Colorado Cycling 
Colorado - Cycling Websites



WORLD

Pedal Dancer - some of my favorite recommended LOOP rides in the world



COLORADO BIKE EVENTS

Cycling events and bike rides in and near Colorado and the western United States:

RIDE CALENDARS
2014-15: 2014-15 Colorado Cyclocross Race Calendar and Professional CX
2014: 2014 Colorado Cycling Events and Bike Rides
2014: 2014 Colorado Bike Race Calendar
2013: 2013 Colorado Bike Events and Races
2013 CX Race Dates: 2013-14 Colorado Cyclocross Calendar

List of cycling EVENTS and bike TOURS and dates in Colorado for the 2014 season:

February 10, 2014 - Colorado Bicyle Summit, Denver (Advocacy)
March 13, 2014 - Pedaling for St.Pat's 50K, Colorado Springs
April 17, 2014 - Trips for Kids Friendraiser, Denver
April 19-20, 2014 - MOG Sale, Bike Equipment Swap and Film Festival, Grand Junction
April 24-27, 2014 - Fruita Fat Tire Festival/18 HR of Fruita, Fruita (MTB)
April 25, 2014 - Bicycle Colorado Gala Fundraiser, Denver
May 3, 2014 - Rose Hill Rally, Grand Junction
May 4, 2014 - Cafe Velo Tri Lakes GranFondo, Colorado Springs
May 10, 2014 - Dessert Rats Mtn Bike Classic, Kokopelli Trail CO to UT
May 18, 2014 - Boulder Bicycle Swap, Boulder
May 11, 2014 - Mission to Ride, Montrose
May 17, 2014 - L'Eroica (vintage), Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs
May 17, 2014 - Triple C - Century, Broomfield
May 17, 2014 - Pony Xpress (Gravel), Trinidad 160//90/50 
May 17-18, 2014 - Eagle Outside Festival & Expo, Eagle (MTB)
May 18, 2014 - McKee Classic Bike Tour, Loveland
May 24, 2014 - The Original Growler, Gunnison (MTB)
May 24-26, 2014 - Durango-Silverton Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango (Sold-out)
May 31, 2014 - The Great Bicycle Carnival, Colorado Springs (MTB)
June 1, 2014 - Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, Castle Rock
June 7, 2014 - Pedaling for Parkinson's, Denver 
June 7, 2014 - Buena Vista Bicycle Festival, Buena Vista
June 7-9, 2014 - The Colorado Death Ride Tour VI, Silverton canceled
June 7-13, 2014 - The Denver Post Ride The Rockies, (week-long tour) (route Feb 1st)
June 14, 2014 - Joe Lookingbill Denver-to-Aspen Classic, (one 180-mile day)
June 14, 2014 - Denver Century Ride, Denver (full, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4)
June 14, 2014 - Bailey Hundo (MTB), Bailey
June 14, 2014 - G'Knight Ride, Longmont
June 14, 2014 - Starlight Spectacular, short night ride in Garden of the Gods
June 21, 2014 - Mountain Top Cycling Club Experience Ride, Woodland Park
June 21-28, 2014 - Bicycle Tour of Colorado, (week-long tour)
June 22, 2014 - Black Forest Classic Gran Fondo, Parker
June 28, 2014 - Vuelta a Keystone, Keystone 
June 28-29, 2014 - Newmont Bike MS, Fort Collins
June 29, 2014 - Golden Gran Fondo, Golden
June 29, 2014 - Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb, Colorado Springs 
July 12, 2014 - Tour de Ladies, Parker
July 12, 2014 - VR135/90 (Gravel), San Juan Mountains CO
July 12-13, 2014 - Triple Bypass, Evergreen-Avon
July 19, 2014 - Bike to Build, San Luis Valley
July 19, 2014 - Tour de Steamboat, Steamboat Springs
July 19-21, 2014 - Courage Classic, Summit and Eagle Counties
July 19-26, 2014 - 109˚ West Bicycle Tour, SW Colorado (week-long tour)
July 26, 2014 - Coco Century, Ordway
July 26, 2014 - Bob Cook Memorial/Mt Evans Hill Climb
July 26, 2014 - Cripple Creek Crippler, Ken Caryl
July 27, 2014 - Durango 100 Gran Fondo, Durango
July 12, 2014 - Breckenridge 100 Challenge (MTB)
July 26, 2014 - SOS Outreach Eagle River, Beaver Creek
August 2, 2014 - Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle, Copper Mountain
August 3-9, 2014 - Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour, (week-long tour)
August 9, 2014 - Red Rocks Century, Red Rocks (a hard one!)
August 9, 2014 - BStrong Ride, Boulder
August 9, 2014 - Stonewall Century Bicycle Ride, Spanish Peaks, La Veta
August 9, 2014 - Colorado Park to Park Challenge, Denver to Winter Park
August 10, 2014 - Grand Fondo Italia - Aspen-Snowmass Pitkin County
August 16, 2014 - Circle the Summit, Summit County
August 16, 2014 - Tour de Cure, Boulder
August 19, 2014 - Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop, Golden
August 23, 2014 - Cycle to Saturn Double Century, Golden
August 23, 2014 - Venus de Miles, Boulder (womens ride)
August 30, 2014 - The Axel Project Bicycle Classic, Ridgeway
August 31, 2014 - Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison-Crested Butte
August 31, 2014 - New Belgium Tour de Fat, Fort Collins
Aug/Sept 01, 2014 - The Coal Miner Gran Fondo, Steamboat Springs
September 4-5, 2014 - Rock 'n Road Challenge, Copper Mountain (MTB + Road)
September 6, 2014 - Cystic Fibrosis Cycle For Life, Longmont
September 6, 2014 - Tour of the Valley, Grand Junction 
September 7, 2014 - Buffalo Bicycle Classic, Boulder
September 7, 2014 - New Belgium Tour de Fat, Denver
September 11-14, 2014 - Salida Bike Festival, Salida
September 13, 2014 - Ride Westcliff - High Peaks Century, Westcliff
September 14, 2014 - Monarch Crest Crank, Salida (MTB)
September 15, 2014 - Good Sam Bike Jam, Lafayette (Boulder County)
September 19-21, 2014 - The Denver Post Pedal the Plains, Wiggins, Fort Morgan, Sterling
September 20, 2014 - Bikes and Brews/ Royal Gorge Century Ride, Canon City
September 27, 2014 - Southern Colorado Tour de Cure, Colorado Springs
September 27, 2014 - Durango Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour, Durango
October 4, 2014 - IconLasik Tour of the Moon, Grand Junction
October 18, 2014 - VeloSwap, Denver (bike equipment swap)

*Throughout the Year - May 14-September 24, 2014 - Denver Cruiser Ride, every Weds

2014 Century Rides in Colorado

These event rides promise you the option of equal to or greater than 100miles on a road bike in one day.

May 4, 2014 - Cafe Velo Tri Lakes GranFondo, Colorado Springs
May 11, 2014 - Mission to Ride, Montrose
May 17, 2014 - Triple C - Century, Broomfield
May 17, 2014 - L'Eroica (vintage), Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs 
May 24-26, 2014 - Durango-Silverton Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango (Sold-out)
June 1, 2014 - Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, Castle Rock
June 7, 2014 - Buena Vista Bicycle Festival, Buena Vista
June 14, 2014 - Denver Century Ride, Denver (full, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4)
June 21, 2014 - Mountain Top Cycling Club Experience Ride, Woodland Park
June 22, 2014 - Black Forest Classic Gran Fondo, Parker
June 29, 2014 - Golden Gran Fondo, Golden
July 12-13, 2014 - Triple Bypass, Evergreen-Avon (120 miles)
July 19, 2014 - Tour de Steamboat, Steamboat Springs
July 26, 2014 - Coco Century, Ordway 
July 27, 2014 - Durango 100 Gran Fondo, Durango 
July 26, 2014 - SOS Outreach Eagle River, Beaver Creek
August 9, 2014 - Red Rocks Century, Red Rocks (a hard one!)
August 9, 2014 - Stonewall Century Bicycle Ride, Spanish Peaks, La Veta
August 9, 2014 - Colorado Park to Park Challenge, Denver to Winter Park (96 miles)
August 16, 2014 - Circle the Summit, Summit County
August 16, 2014 - Tour de Cure, Boulder
August 23, 2014 - Venus de Miles, Boulder (womens ride)
August 31, 2014 - Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison-CB (134 miles)
September 6, 2014 - Tour of the Valley, Grand Junction 
September 7, 2014 - Buffalo Bicycle Classic, Boulder
September 13, 2014 - Ride Westcliff - High Peaks Century, Westcliff
September 20, 2014 - The Denver Post Pedal the Plains, Fort Morgan to Sterling (105 miles)
September 20, 2014 - Bikes and Brews/ Royal Gorge Century Ride, Canon City
September 27, 2014 - Southern Colorado Tour de Cure, Colorado Springs
September 27, 2014 - Durango Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour, Durango

2014 Colorado Multi-day Stage Event Rides

June 7-13, 2014 - The Denver Post Ride The Rockies, (week-long tour)
June 21-28, 2014 - Bicycle Tour of Colorado, (week-long tour) 
June 28-29, 2014 - Newmont Bike MS, Westminster to Fort Collins (2-days)
July 12-13, 2014 - Triple Bypass, Evergreen-Avon  (optional 2-day)
July 19-21, 2014 - Courage Classic, Summit and Eagle Counties (3-days out and back)
July 19-26, 2014 - 109˚ West Bicycle Tour, SW Colorado (week-long tour) 
August 3-9, 2014 - Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour, (week-long tour)
September 19-21, 2014 - The Denver Post Pedal the Plains, Wiggins to Sterling (3 days)



Colorado Bike Races

Colorado Cyclo-cross 2014 RACES

09/07/14, Sunday - Kick It CX Festival and TT, Castle Rock Flyer
09/13/14, Saturday - US Open of Cyclocross, Boulder Reservoir, GOLD Flyer
09/14/14, Sunday - Boulder Cup, Valmont Park, Boulder Flyer
09/20/14, Saturday - Cyclo X Xylinx, Longmont Flyer
09/21/14. Sunday - no race 
09/27/14, Saturday - Green Mountain Sports CX, Littleton Flyer
09/28/14, Sunday - Cyclo-X - Flatirons GOLD Flyer
10/04/14, Saturday - Frisco Cross, Frisco Summit County Flyer
10/05/14, Sunday - Primalpalooza, Arvada/Golden Flyer
10/10-12/14, Friday - Cross of the North, Loveland Flyer GOLD (3-days!)
10/18/14, Saturday - Cowboy Cross Flyer
10/19/14, Sunday - Cyclo X - Valmont, Boulder Flyer
10/25/14, Saturday - Cyclo-X - Interlocken, Broomfield Flyer
10/26/14, Sunday - Blue Sky Cup GOLD Flyer
11/01/14, Saturday - Schoolyard Cross, Longmont Flyer
11/02/14, Sunday - Feedback Cup Flyer
11/08/14, Saturday - Cyclo-X - Sienna Lake, Broomfield Flyer
11/09/14, Sunday - no race
11/15/14, Saturday - Cyclo X - Boulder Res, Boulder Flyer
11/16/14, Sunday - MileHigh Urban CX Chaos, Denver Flyer
11/22/14, Saturday - Cyclo-X - Louisville Rec  GOLD Flyer
11/23/14, Sunday - no race
11/29/14, Saturday - no race
11/30/14, Sunday - no race
12/06/14, Saturday - Rocky Mountain Cross Championships GOLD Flyer
12/13/14, Saturday - Colorado Cyclocross Championships GOLD Flyer
12/14/14, Sunday - Colorado Cyclocross Championships GOLD Flyer
*More race flyers will be added as made available.

Full race calendar at the BRAC website for Colorado, or cyclo-cross race calendar at USA Cycling.
Race Results: BRAC Colorado cross race results 
Full CX clinics, race dates, pro race dates, national championships and world championships 2014 to 2015: 2014-15 Colorado Cyclocross Race Calendar and Professional CX Calendar.


Dates of 2014 Road Race, Criterium, Hill Climb, Time Trial, Mountain Bike, Stage Races

February 22, 2104 - Gebhardt Automotive Cycling Classic Flyer
March 08, 2104 - University of Denver Criterium Flyer
March 09, 2104 - Frostbite Time Trial Flyer  Rescheduled
March 15, 2104 - Oredigger Classic - Lookout Mountain ITT/Hillclimb Day 1 Flyer
March 15, 2104 - Oredigger Classic - Collegiate Street Sprints Flyer
March 16, 2104 - Oredigger Classic - Criterium Day 2 Flyer
March 22, 2104 - University of Colorado-Candelas Circuit Race Flyer
March 23, 2104 - University of Colorado-Stazio Criterium Flyer
March 29, 2104 - Colorado State University Road Race Day 1 Flyer
March 30, 2104 - Colorado State University Criterium Day 2 Flyer
April 05, 2104 - Louisville Criterium Flyer Website
April 05, 2104 - Front Range Cycling Classic - Criterium Flyer
April 05, 2104 - Front Range Cycling Classic - Collegiate TTT Flyer
April 06, 2104 - Front Range Cycling Classic - Road Race Flyer
April 12, 2104 - Fort Lewis College Squaker Criterium Flyer
April 13, 2104 - Fort Lewis College Squaker Road Race Flyer
April 18, 2104 - Maverick Classic Day 1 - Crit  Fruita Flyer
April 19, 2104 - Weld County Road Race Flyer
April 19, 2104 - Maverick Classic Day 2 - TT  Fruita Flyer
April 19, 2104 - Maverick Classic Day 2 - Crit  Grand Junction Flyer
April 20, 2104 - Maverick Classic Day 3 - Road Race Palisades Flyer
April 24-27, 2014 - Fruita Fat Tire Festival (MTB) Website
April 25-27, 2014 - BRAC Junior Road Camp Website
April 26, 2104 - Denver Federal Center Classic Flyer
April 27, 2104 - 11th Annual Deer Trail Road Race Rescheduled in June
May 2-3, 2014 - 18 hours of Fruita (MTB) Website
May 03, 2104 - Café Velo Tri-Lakes TT
May 04, 2014 - Koppenberg Road Race Website
May 10, 2014 - Wheels of Thunder
May 10, 2014 - Desert Rats Mountain Bike Classic 100K (MTB) Website
May 17, 2014 - Firebird 40 (MTB) Website
May 17, 2014 - Superior Morgul Classic- Criterium Website
May 18, 2014 - Superior Morgul Classic-Road Race Website
May 24, 2014 - Colorado Mini Classic - Criterium Flyer
May 25, 2014 - Colorado Mini Classic - Road Race JR RR Championships
May 31, 2014 - City Park Criterium Flyer
May 31, 2014 - ERock Sunrise to Sunset (MTB) Relay Website
June 01, 2014 - Coal Miners Circuit Race Website 
June 01, 2014 - Beti Bike Bash (MTB) Website
June 07, 2014 - Sunshine Hill Climb Flyer
June 07, 2014 - Hammer Time Trial Day, Velodrome, Colorado Springs Flyer
June 08, 2014 - Sonic Boom - CO Master Crit Championships Website Flyer
June 14, 2014 - Best on Hess TT / TTT Flyer
June 14, 2014 - Bailey Hundo, 100-mile (MTB) Website 
June 15, 2014 - Guanella Pass Hillclimb Flyer
June 21, 2014 - Tour of Westcliffe-CO Jr & SR RR Championships cancelled
June 21, 2104 - Deer Trail Road Race SR RR Championships Flyer
June 22, 2014 - Ridge at 38 Criterium, Wheat Ridge Website
June 28, 2014 - John Stenner Mem'l - CO Time Trial Championships Flyer
June 29, 2014 - North Boulder Park Classic Rescheduled in August
July 04, 2014 - Olde Capitol Crit (Friday) cancelled
July 12, 2014 - Haystack Mtn TT/TTT Flyer cancelled
July 13, 2014 - Longmont Criterium Website
July 18, 2014 - Salida Classic Time Trials (Friday) Flyer
July 19, 2104 - Salida Classic Criterium Flyer
July 19-20, 2014 - Enduro X Games (Downhill),  Series July-August
July 20, 2014 - Salida Classic Road Race, CO Mstr RR Championships Flyer
July 26, 2014 - Bob Cook Mem'l Mt Evans Hill Climb Website
July __, 2014 - Breckenridge 100 Challenge (MTB) Website
August 02, 2014 - Colorado Bike Law Lookout Mountain Hill Climb Flyer 
August 03, 2014 - Bannock St Criterim - CO Jr Crit Championships
August 09, 2014 - Littleton Twilight Crit - CO Senior Crit Championships
August 09, 2014 - Leadville Trail MTB 100 Website
August 10-14, 2014 - Breck Epic (MTB) Stage Race Website
August 15, 2014 - Casper Classic Stage Race- TT
august 16, 2014 - North Boulder Park Classic
August 16, 2014 - Casper Classic Stage Race - RR cancelled
August 17, 2014 - Casper Classic Stage Race - Criterium cancelled
August 17, 2014 - Casper Classic Stage Race - GC cancelled
August 18, 2014 - Girls Night Out Gran Prix Website
August 18, 2014 - Girls Night Out - TT (Monday)
August 23, 2014 - King of the Mountain Hill Climb
August 24, 2014 - Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb Flyer
August 29-20, 2014 - Grand Junction Off Road Endurance (MTB)
August 30, 2014 - Steamboat SR p/b Moots Cycles - TT Website
August 31, 2014 - Steamboat SR p/b Moots Cycles - RR Website
September 01, 2014 - Steamboat SR p/b Moots Cycles - Crit (Monday) Website
September 01, 2014 - Steamboat SR p/b Moots Cycles - GC (Monday) Website
September 13, 2014 - Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race Website

Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

Colorado Weekly Race Series

Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial Series - Cherry Creek Reservoir
Wednesday nights in Spring, 6-weeks: Series Flyer

April 20, 2104 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #1
April 23, 2104 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #2
April 30, 2104 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #3
May 07, 2104 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #4
May 14, 2104 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #5
May 21, 2104 - Karen Hornbostel Mem'l TT #6

Propeloton Time Trial Series - Boulder
Wednesday nights throughout the spring/summer: Series Website

May 7, 2014 - Time Trial #1
June 4, 2014 - Time Trial #2
July 2, 2014 - Time Trial #3
August 6, 2014 - Time Trial #4

Inspired Training Midweek Training Series - Flyer

Wednesday nights in Summer, 6-weeks: Inspired Training Center

June 04, 2014 - Inspired Training Midweek Race
June 11, 2014 - Inspired Training Midweek Race
June 18, 2014 - Inspired Training Midweek Race
June 25, 2014 - Inspired Training Midweek Race
July 02, 2014 - Inspired Training Midweek Race

P2P Mid-Wk Series @ CSP p/b Racer X Flyer

Wednesday nights in Summer, 7-weeks:

July 09, 2014 - P2P Mid-Wk Series
July 16, 2014 - P2P Mid-Wk Series
July 23, 2014 - P2P Mid-Wk Series
July 30, 2014 - P2P Mid-Wk Series
August 06, 2014 - P2P Mid-Wk Series
August 20, 2014 - P2P Mid-Wk Series
August 27, 2014 - P2P Mid-Wk Series

Friday Night Racing at Boulder Valley Velodrome (BVV) Flyer
Friday nights in Summer, June - September. No racing 7/4 or 8/22

June 6, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
June 12, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV cancelled
June 20, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
June 27, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
July 11, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
July 18, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
July 25, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
Aug 1, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
Aug 8, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
Aug 15, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
Aug 29, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
Sept 5, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
Sep 12, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV
Sep 19, 2014 - Friday Night Racing at BVV

At the race in downtown Denver.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

GRAN FONDOS

2014 Colorado Gran Fondos or timed events

May 17, 2014 - Pony Xpress, (Gravel), Trinidad, Colorado 160//90/50   
May 24-26, 2014 - Durango-Silverton Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango (Sold-out)
May 25, 2014 - Growler Gran Fondo, Gunnison, Colorado
June 22, 2014 - Black Forest Classic Gran Fondo, Parker, Colorado 
June 28, 2014 - Vuelta a Keystone, Keystone, Colorado
June 29, 2014 - Golden Gran Fondo, Golden, Colorado 
July 27, 2014 - Durango 100 Gran Fondo, Durango, Colorado
August 10, 2014 - Gran Fondo Italia - Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado 
August 31, 2014 - Dave Wiens West Elk Bicycle Classic, Gunnison-CB (134 miles) 
September 4-5, 2014 - Rock 'n Road Challenge, Copper Mountain (MTB + Road)

HILL CLIMBS

Citizen Hill Climbs in Colorado in 2014 (These require race licenses!)

You don't need to be part of a team. These climbing challenges come down to you, your bike, and a mountain

May 15, 2014 - Oredigger Classic Lookout Mountain ITT, Golden 
June 07, 2014 - Sunshine Hill Climb, Boulder
June 15, 2014 - Guanella Pass Hillclimb, Georgetown
June 29, 2014 - Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb, Colorado Springs 
July 26, 2014 - Bob Cook Memorial/Mt Evans Hill Climb, Idaho Springs
August 2, 2014 - Colorado Bike Law Lookout Mountain Hillclimb, Golden  
August 23, 2014 - King of the Mountain Hill Climb

MAJOR RACE EVENTS IN 2014

Cyclo-cross Nationals Championships 2013-14, Boulder, Colorado - don't miss it!
January 8-12, 2014 - 2014 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships will be at Valmont Park in Boulder.

American Tour PRO RACE in Colorado
Remember the 2014 USA Pro Challenge dates are August 18-24, 2014. The 2014 USA Pro Challenge host cities were announced. Read more information about the race at Pedal Dancer®: USA PRO CHALLENGE

American Tour PRO RACE in California
And of course, I always look forward to my favorite - the Amgen Tour of California. Stage race dates are May 11-18, 2014. The host cities were announced for 2014: Announcing the 2014 Amgen Tour of California. Read more information about the race at Pedal Dancer®: Tour of California

ProAm PRO RACE in Colorado in 2014 - Colorado State Championship
2014 Pro / Am Tour of Westcliff - June 21, 2014, Westcliff, Colorado.



POSTS BY PEDAL DANCER - RACING AND CYCLING IN COLORADO

Colorado Racing

2014 Cyclocross
2013 Cyclocross
2012 Cyclocross

2011 Cyclocross

USA Pro Challenge (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

USA PRO CHALLENGE a collection of information and race reports from Pedal Dancer for the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 USA Pro Challenge, professional multi-stage race in Colorado.



WESTERN UNITED STATES CYCLING

Cycling topics:

COLORADO
CALIFORNIA
UTAH
    Tour of Utah


TOURS

COLORADO CYCLING TOURS and RACES

Cycling Events / Races / Multi-Day Bike Tours in Colorado

Sometimes the best riding can be found when someone else has already planned the route, it is a good idea to look at the routes these planned events use, also check out MapMyRide.com.

Race Name: USA Pro Challenge - professional stage race
Read more about the race: USA PRO CHALLENGE


In my Opinion: a great Pro stage tour.<



Race Name: Tour of Colorado
Don't confuse the USA Pro Cycling Challenge with The Tour of Colorado which has been a collection of local amateur and pro races in Colorado since 2008. It is not a stage race.

Series Name: Tour of Colorado
Website: http://www.tourofcolorado.com/ 
Dates: May through August
Location: various cities in Colorado
Races: The series is comprised of the Rocky Mountain Omnium in Glenwood Springs. North Boulder Park Criterium. Bob Cook Memorial-Mt.Evans Hill Climb. Sand Creek Air Force Academy Road Race, (Colorado Senior Road Championship).
Who you will see: Local Colorado Category 4-1 racers
Description: The name is Trademarked by Sand Creek Sports. Overall Awards are given for accumulated points in specified local races. Tour of Colorado is a series of existing Colorado races. Some races will be permitted with USA Cycling and some with the American Cycling Association. 

In my Opinion: Just a name. They were hoping to sell the name to the Tour Organizers above, but didn't. The series matters to maybe 20 cyclists in the state who race all these events and have a chance at an award.



Event Name: Bicycle Tour of Colorado (BTC)
If you are a cyclist and interested in riding a week long bike tour across the state of Colorado:


Website: http://www.bicycletourcolorado.com/ 
Dates: annually in June
Location: various cities in Colorado, usually a loop route
Who you will see: 1500 amateur cyclists capable of riding 60-100 miles per day.
Description: 463 miles, 7 day fully supported bicycle tour in the Colorado Rocky Mountains over several big mountain passes.
Read a PedalDancer.com previous blog post: Bicycle Tour of Colordo - revisited 

In my Opinion:  Challenging week of long mountain passes and porta-potties.

Bicycle Tour of Colorado

June 21-28, 2014 - Bicycle Tour of Colorado, (week-long tour)
7-day Loop ride Gunnison to Gunnison, Colorado

The route for 2014 is much more moderate than in years past, yet it includes good climbs and great scenery.

A hard week on the saddle. You need to train well, ride steady, and be able to self support for this ride. Event organizers offer the usuals but riders are not pansied to as they are on Ride the Rockies. This is truly a ride, eat, rest, ride kind of week. I have a good friend doing this ride this year, so maybe I will have photos to share later. 

Bicycle Tour of Colorado 2014 Route Map

2013 Bicycle Tour of Colorado route

June 22nd: Gunnison to Montrose, Total Miles: 62
June 23rd: Montrose to Ouray, Total Miles: 34
June 24th: Ouray to Durango, Total Miles: 68
June 25th: Durango to Pagosa Springs, Total Miles: 60
June 26th: Day Off in Pagosa Springs
June 27th: Pagosa Springs to Creede, Total Miles: 65
June 28th: Creede to Gunnison, Total Miles: 105



Event Name: Ride The Rockies (RTR)
 

Website: http://www.ridetherockies.com/ 
Dates: annually in June 
Location: various cities in Colorado, a loop route or point-to-point route
Who you will see: 2000 amateur cyclists capable of riding 60-100 miles per day
Description:  The Denver Post Ride The Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, on a 6-7 day ride on paved roads through Colorado's Rocky Mountains each June. 400-530 miles. 
Read a PedalDancer.com previous blog post: 

In my Opinion: Fun, mod/hard, very social week, with 2000 cyclists of ALL abilities.

Read a PedalDancer.com post about riding Ride the Rockies in 2008,Ride the Rockies - revisited and 2013 Ride the Rockies Route. Read all PedalDancer.com posts related to Ride the Rockies,  2014 Ride the Rockies Route.

Ride the Rockies 2014

June 8-15, 2013,  www.ridetherockies.com/
Read more: 2014 Ride the Rockies Route, By Pedal Dancer

In its 29th year, this ride has a long history in the state with 2,000 riders vying for lottery entrance each year. Ron Kiefel and Nelson Vails have a tradition of joining the ride, this year George Hincapie will join in, as his brother Rich has been a regular for years. This is a casual social ride week with good climbs to please a pack of strong riders as well as tons of early starting moderate riders.

 
Sunday, June 8Boulder to Winter Park 
89 miles | Berthoud Pass – 11,315 ft.

Monday, June 9 — Winter Park to Steamboat Springs 
94 miles | Muddy Pass – 8,772 ft. & Rabbit Ears – 9,426 ft.

Tuesday, June 10 — Steamboat Springs Loop
53 miles | Twenty-Mile Rd. / out and back from Steamboat Springs

Wednesday, June 11 — Steamboat Springs to Avon 
82 miles | State Bridge

Thursday, June 12 — Avon to Breckenridge 
75 miles | Battle Mtn. – 9,231 ft., Tennessee Pass – 10, 424 ft. & Fremont Pass – 11,318 ft.

Friday, June 13 — Breckenridge to Golden
80 miles | Swan Mtn. – 9,520 ft., Loveland Pass – 11,992 ft. & Lookout Mtn. – 7,374 ft.



Event Name: Bike MS 

June 28-29, 2014 - Newmont Bike MS, Fort Collins
August 16-17, 2014 - Bike MS Wyoming, Colorado-Wyoming
MS150 Colorado 2013 route map, link to larger view
  1. Westminster - Fort Collins, Saturday, June 28, 2014, 68, 73 or 102 miles, (overnight at CSU)
  2. Fort Collins - Westminster, Sunday, June 29, 2014, 66 or 75 miles



Event Name: Triple Bypass 

July 12-13, 2014 - Triple Bypass, Evergreen-Avon  



Triple Bypass: 120 miles, 10,000 ft elevation gain, 1 day - July 12, 2014
Double Triple Bypass: 240 miles, 20,000 ft elevation gain, 2 days - July 12-13, 2014

what:    Triple Bypass
where:  Bergen Park (Evergreen) to Avon, Colorado (or reverse)
when:   annually in July. There is no mass start time. Start time is 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
who:     there will be 3,500 riders on the course on Saturday (traveling east to west) and 2,500 on Sunday (traveling west to east).
why:     a chance to ride three huge Colorado Rocky Mountain passes (Squaw, 11,140'; Loveland, 11,990'; Vail, 10,560') on one 122-mile "lung-busting day"with over 10,600 feet of climbing. This is a ride event, not a race (there are no times given).
how:     the event does have checkpoints (where you are unable to pass) where riders must show wristbands and helmet numbers to proceed.
cost: Triple (one-way/either way): $150, Double Triple (two-way): $275
Ride Reports: Colorado High - Squaw Pass. The Triple Bypass is a classic bike ride event every July in Colorado. For 23 years this event has been growing in popularity. Getting into the ride has become the real race. After the event sold out in 45 minutes in 2010, the event organizers at Team Evergreen have devised a new registration plan, entrance into the Triple Bypass is a two step process: pre-registration/drawing and then registration (if your name is drawn).

Triple Bypass Route Maps:
Triple Bypass Earth Map

The Double Triple Bypass profile map - 240 miles, 20,000 miles climbing in 2 days.

I recently located the ClimbbyBike.com profile for Mt Evans. This is the profile from Idaho Springs up to The top of Mount Evans. Sure makes it look easy. ClimbbyBike.com climb information on Mt Evans, Colorado
Triple Bypass Climb information

Squaw Pass: Pedal Dancer rides Squaw Pass
Squaw Pass: MyBicycleRoutes
Squaw Pass: MtEvans.com

Photo by Karen at PedalDancer

Loveland Pass: Summit Biking
Loveland Pass: SummitCove
Loveland Pass: MyBicycleRoutes

Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Vail Pass: CyclePass
Vail Pass: MyBicycleRoutes

Photo by Karen at PedalDancer


Triple Bypass Images - pictures from past rides:

Squaw Pass

Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Loveland Pass
Kenny Rakestraw climbing Loveland Pass   Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Kenny Rakestraw climbing Loveland Pass   Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Kenny Rakestraw at the summit of Loveland Pass   Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Summit on Triple Bypass day 2009,  Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Finish Area in Avon, Colorado

 Photo by Karen at PedalDancer
Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer riding the Triple Bypass on Loveland Pass in 2009