A Breathtaking Experience
Our Colorado Rocky Mountains Tour gives you the opportunity to ride on some of North America’s highest roads and experience the rugged beauty of the Colorado Rockies. The rides are tough, but doable and we’ll have a rest day in the middle of the week to recover from your efforts and recharge your body for the final stages. In order to minimize the hassle of packing and unpacking, we’ll be staying for two consecutive nights in all but one of our hotels. This also allows for optional additional sightseeing or rest days and possible shortening of routes on some days in case of inclement weather. This is not a group ride and you’ll be able to cycle at your own pace and with the riding partners of your choice. Our guides will be on the road, on bikes and with a support vehicle to assist you whenever needed. Join us for the trip of a lifetime!
Below is a summary of our itinerary. Full details and route profiles are in our brochure.
Saturday 9 June:
Arrival at Denver airport and group transfer (45 mins) to Boulder. In the afternoon you’ll have time to put your bike together and go for a quick test ride.
Sunday 10 June: Boulder Loop (51 mi / 4,800 ft)
We’ll take it easy on our first ride on Sunday as our bodies are adapting to the altitude. Today’s ride is a classic loop around Boulder on undulating roads with great views of the mountains. At the end of the ride we’ll have the option to climb the steep Flagstaff Road, which is known to the local pro cyclists and triathletes as “Boulder’s Alpe d’Huez”. The ride includes an uphill section on a gravel road. After the ride, you can explore Boulder or visit a local brewpub to sample some of Colorado’s famous craft beers.
Monday 11 June: Boulder – Estes Park (52 mi / 6,800 ft)
On Monday we’ll ride into the Rocky Mountains through Lefthand Canyon and continue on the famous Peak to Peak Highway which provides great views of some of the highest peaks in Colorado. We’re staying overnight in Estes Park at 7,500 ft, so today’s ride will be much more up than down!
Tuesday 12 June: Estes Park – Grand Lake (50 mi / 5,500 ft)
During Tuesday’s stage we’ll cross Rocky Mountain National Park via Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved through road in North America. Keep your eyes peeled for elk and mountain goats. From the crest at 12,183 ft it is mostly all down to our hotel in Grand Lake, the largest natural lake in Colorado.
Wednesday 13 June
Wednesday will be a rest day and there will not be a scheduled ride. We’ll have all day to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are some great hikes in the area or you can rent a boat and cruise on the lake or do some fishing. If you’d like to go on an unsupported ride you can climb Trail Ridge Road from the west side or ride along the lake on a quiet gravel road.
Thursday 14 June: Grand Lake – Idaho Springs (69 mi / 4,500 ft)
On Thursday we start out with a 20 miles flat stretch before gradually climbing up to Berthoud Pass via the Winter Park ski resort. A long thrilling descent takes us to Idaho Springs, an old mining town with a charming historic main street and a distinct frontier vibe.
Friday 15 June: There will be a choice of rides on Friday
Option 1: Mt Evans (57 mi / 6,900 ft)
It is 28 miles of climbing to the top of Mt. Evans, which at 14,130 ft is the highest paved road in the USA!
Option 2: Squaw Pass Loop (42 mi / 4,700 ft)
This is an easier and shorter loop with most of the day’s climbing at the beginning. It includes the scenic Squaw Pass as well as a 1 mile stretch on gravel and returns to Idaho Springs via a paved bike trail. The first 14 miles are the same as the long route, so you can decide during the ride which option you prefer.
Saturday 16 June: Idaho Springs – Boulder (45 mi / 4,100 ft)
On Saturday we will return to Boulder through the mountains via Central City, a historic mining town which has now been reinvented as a casino resort. Initially there is some climbing on gravel roads but you’ll be rewarded with scenic vistas and a long descent through Boulder Canyon. In the afternoon you’ll have time to pack your bike. Tonight we’ll have a celebratory dinner in downtown Boulder.
Sunday 17 June
Early morning group transfer to Denver Airport.
More details and route profiles are in our brochure.
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