Colorado cycling events, July – September

Interestingly, Colorado is marketing itself as a travel destination for cyclists. I’m not sure how big this segment of the travel market is but it’s important enough for Colorado and they have lots of events to get cyclists to come. The moonlight classic in Denver sounds quite nice if the streets aren’t too crowded with bikes. The tour de Fat sounds like it could be fun as well:

Cycling Events:

July 16 – The Kaiser Permanente Moonlight Classic is a 10- mile, non-competitive late night charity bike ride through Denver’s historic neighborhoods. The entire course will be closed to all automobile traffic, and participants are welcomed to ride as many laps as time permits when the course closes at 2 a.m. www.Moonlight-Classic.com

August 13 – The Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race is among the most challenging mountain bike races in the country, featuring steep climbs and serious descents at elevations in excess of 12,000 feet. Although this year’s mountain bike race is full, thousands will travel to Leadville to watch and cheer on their favorites. www.VisitLeadvilleCo.com/trail_100

August 13 – The Stonewall Century is a challenging road bike ride in southern Colorado that starts and ends in La Veta. Be treated to scenic vistas, friendly volunteers, great feed stations, and steep hills. The route follows Highway 12, a Colorado Scenic Byway known as the “Highway of Legends.” www.SPCycling.org/stonewall-century.php

August 21 – Women, Wheels & Wine: Back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual Women, Wheels & Wine brings together all levels of mountain bike enthusiasts. Led by members of Yeti Beti Team, Yeti brings demo bikes for participants to use or try. The day long event includes professional instruction, a catered lunch at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, tips on bike fit, training and maintenance, yoga and a wine and cheese reception. www.DevilsThumbRanch.com

August 22-28 – USA Pro Cycling Challenge: After more than 20 years, world-class professional cycling returns to Colorado with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This grueling professional bicycle stage race will take some of the world’s best riders through Colorado’s most scenic yet challenging routes in 11 cities and towns across the state. www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com

August 28 – 2nd Annual Assault on the Peak: This event will provide cycling enthusiasts with the opportunity to ascend America’s most famous mountain. The 24.5-mile route is one of the most challenging organized cycling events in the world, ascending close to 8,000 vertical feet from Manitou Springs to the Pikes Peak summit at 14,115 feet. www.RidePikesPeak.com

September 3 – Tour de Fat: New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle will make its mark on its home town of Fort Collins, singing the praises of the bike life while raising funds for local non-profits. Tour de Fat is more than an event; it’s a rite of passage that includes a costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eye-popping entertainment, local food, bizarre bike contests and much more. www.NewBelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat.aspx

September 10-11 – 35th Annual Pearl Pass Mountain Bike Tour: This oldest mountain bike event in the world runs from Crested Butte to Aspen via Pearl Pass. In 1976, the first group of 15 or 20 cyclists from the Butte rode one-speed town bikes over the 12,705-foot Pearl Pass to Aspen. Today the event still celebrates Crested Butte as one of the birthplaces of mountain biking. www.MtnBikeHallofFame.com

September 17 – Tour de Vinyards: This 25-mile ride through the vineyards of Colorado’s Western Slope gives cyclists an opportunity to pass by the area’s wineries, as well as acres of fruit orchards. The event is located in the Grand Valley and is held during the Colorado Mountain Winefest. www.EMGColorado.com/race_tourvine.htm

September 24-25 – Four Corners Bike Fest: Two days of biking, music, beer and revelry are on tap for this event. A number of bike-related activities are included – Stanley’s Fat Tire Cross-Country Race, Wolf Creek Pass Race and the Citizens Ride. For the not-so-serious, there is a “slow” race, the “Bike Toss” and River Race, all in downtown Pagosa Springs. www.VisitPagosaSprings.com

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