Cycling and Mountain Biking

Arguably the most popular summer sport in the state, opportunities to experience Colorado by road cycle, cruiser, or mountain bike are plentiful.  It’s a great activity for meeting and leisure groups visiting the state. There’s no need to worry about bringing equipment, as gear shops and rental stores in nearly every town and city offer everything a visitor will need to get rolling. It is a very affordable and enjoyable activity for meeting participants or as a spouse activity program and is also well suited as a leisure group activity.

Biking in Colorado is fun for everyone.  Whether you’re visiting Denver and want to borrow a bike via their Denver B-Cycle program to explore downtown or you’re an avid road cyclist interested in climbing a mountain pass; there are ample trails, lanes, and bike paths around the state.  Greeley boasts the 21 mile long Poudre River Trail, Broomfield has 20 + miles of trails and paths winding throughout the community, Winter Park and Granby have paths and trails from one end of town to the other a well as through the mountainous woods. Home to the first-ever World Mountain Bike Championships, there is a range of mountain biking options in Durango.  And nearly all of the major ski resorts offer miles of mountain biking trails easily accessible by chairlift including Telluride, Vail, Steamboat, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper, and Crested Butte.

Cycling events are held throughout the season starting in early spring with bike shows, challenges, races, and tours and ending in the fall with charity rides and fundraisers.  Some of the most popular events include the Tour de Fat put on by New Belgium Brewery of Fort Collins, a cruiser ride (all styles of bikes are welcome) and parade that offers a ballyhoo of good times traveling through Denver and Fort Collins in early September, the Community Classic Bike Tour that travels through the foothills of Loveland and Fort Collins, and the Triple Bypass – an advanced road cycling event from Evergreen to Avon that, over 120 miles, crosses three mountain passes (Juniper Pass 11,140 ft, Loveland Pass 11,990 ft, and Vail Pass 10,560 ft) with 10,000 feet of elevation gain!  And for a spectacular cycling event to witness, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge held in late August, hosts 128 of the World’s best riders.  Known as ‘America’s Toughest Bike Race’, it begins in Colorado Springs, then winds its way through the Rocky Mountains to Salida, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Vail, Avon, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, and ends in Golden and Denver.

Whether you’re interested in training for a major road cycling tour, want to challenge yourself fully armored in the steeps of the mountain trails on fat tires, or just want to take it easy on a cruiser in town – Colorado has the terrain, facilities, and climate for you to experience it all on wheels.