2016 (Updating to 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, Colorado. Dates: June 10 – July 15, 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.
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.
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 28-30, 2016.
Colorado San Juan Skyway — Bicyclists travel for 235 miles from inn-to-inn during the week at above 5,000 feet elevation. Starts and ends in Durango. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: June 5-11, 2016.
The Denver Post 2016 Ride the Rockies — The challenging ride celebrates its 31st anniversary in 2016. Route announcement is scheduled for Feb. 6, 2016 (see website for registration details; lottery registration). Dates: June 11-18, 2016.
The 2016 Bicycle Tour of Colorado — Now in its 22nd year, this ride covers 400-some miles of Colorado terrain. Check website for route. Limited to 1,500 cyclists. Dates: June 19-25, 2016.
Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour — For the 10th anniversary bike tour, the loop begins and ends in Idaho Spring, with overnights in Breckenridge, Edwards, Granby, Estes Park and Evergreen. The 438-mile route summits eight mountain passes, including Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. (Registration caps at 500.) Dates: July 31 – Aug. 6, 2016.
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. Dates: Sept. 16-18, 2016.
Also check out Bike the Byways — 25 scenic bicycle routes in Colorado for independent-minded bicyclists.