Across State Bicycle Tours: Colorado

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Iron Horse Classic — Three days of bicycling events in Durango, featuring a 50-mile bike tour, road race, criterium, and mountain bike race. The bike ride to Silverton caps at 2,500 cyclists; register early. Dates: May 26-28, 2017.

The Denver Post 2017 Ride the Rockies — Celebrating 32 years in 2017. Route announcement is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2017 (see website for registration details; lottery registration).  Dates: June 10-17, 2017.

Great American West — Ride through red-rock country, the San Juan Range in Colorado and the “Loneliest Road in America” on this van-supported tour starting in San Francisco and ending in Pueblo, ColoradoDates: June 10 – July 15, 2017.

The 2017 Bicycle Tour of Colorado — Now in its 23rd year, this ride covers 400-some miles of Colorado terrain. The loop starts and ends in Pagosa Springs with overnights in Antonito, Alamosa, Salida (2 nights), Gunnison, and Monte Vista. Limited to 1,500 cyclists. Dates: June 18-24, 2017.

Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour — In 2016, the 438-mile route summited eight mountain passes, including Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (Registration caps at 500.) Dates: Check website for 2017.

Colorado Alpine Trails Relaxed — This fully supported bike tour from Silverthorne allows for a leisurely ride (32 miles a day average) through the Rockies going down to the Colorado River.  Offered by the Adventure Cycling Association.  Dates: Aug. 5-11, 2017. 

Great Divide Colorado Alpine — A self-contained mountain bike tour starting in Steamboat Springs travelling through the Alpine section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and finishing in Salida.  Offered by the Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Aug. 5-14, 2017. Or Aug. 19-28, 2017.

Pedal the Plains — A three-day loop bike ride that explores the flatness of eastern Colorado. Fifty to 70 miles per day, with a century option. Sponsored by the Denver Post, but certainly not to be confused with Ride the Rockies.  with a century option one day. (Announcement party Feb. 4, 2017) Dates: Sept. 15-17, 2017.

Wild Country Utah — A van-supported bike tour starting in Grand Junction totaling 130 miles over 8 days.  See the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park along the way.  Dates: Sept. 29-Oct. 6, 2017

Utah San Rafael Swell — Mountain bike the San Rafael Reef with this van-supported Adventure Cycling Association tour.  Starts and ends in Grand Junction. Dates: Oct. 8-15, 2017.

Also check out:

Bike the Byways — 25 scenic bicycle routes in Colorado for independent-minded bicyclists.

B Strong Ride — Aug. 12, 2017  Benefits cancer care at the Center for Integrative Care at Boulder Community Hospital and also benefits the George Karl Foundation. Features a children’s ride and 3 options of 24 to 69 miles.

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  1. Gary

    Do you know what has happened to the Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour for 2017? I have not been able to find any information whatsoever about it for 2017. Even their website seems to have expired. I was hoping to do this one because I have to travel for work during the BTOC, and I don’t like the logistics problems the RTR presents. You would think hte CRMBT would have something up on some website by now, but I can’t find any information on the internet at all about it.

    1. Gene Bisbee

      Hey Gary…. I’m not finding anything for this ride, either. The website looks like it’s been taken over by a German dating service… the phone number listed on the Facebook page has been disconnected. I’ll keep trying, but I’m thinking this one is toast.

    2. Dwayne

      I did CRMBt’s in 2013, 14 and 15. I did not ride in 2016 which was their 10th. Instead I did a self-contained solo bike tour on the west coast down PCH1. It is my understand 2016 was their last year. I really liked this tour. You were well taken care of and their limit was 500 riders. It is my understand 2016 was to be their last tour because of not enough participants. The group seemed to be staying between 150 and 275. They needed to be closer to 500 to maintain all of the cost for setting up everything from the schools you stayed and to the permits needed. It is unfortunate. Peter and staff put in a lot of hard, time consuming, work to put the tour on. They were a lot of fun. The people and riders were great to meet and ride with. I for one will miss them.

  2. Wendy Poppen

    Hi! This is a great resource ….thank-you so much for putting it together!

    A side note this is the 23rd year for Bicycle Tour of Colorado………not 2nd.
    A great ride by the way….did it 2 years ago.

    Thanks again!

    1. Gene Bisbee

      Thanks for pointing out the error. I’ve been including the Bicycle Tour of Colorado among the cross-state bike tours for at least 10 years and should have spotted that!

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