Across State Bicycle Tours: Colorado


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 26-27, 2018

The Denver Post 2018 Ride the Rockies — Celebrating 33 years in 2018. The bike look begins and ends in Breckenridge, with overnights in Edwards, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake and Winter Park. Tour highlights include Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass, State Bridge, Rabbit Ears Pass and Ute Pass. The tour will cover 418 miles and ascend 25,935 vertical feet in elevation (see website for registration details; lottery registration).  Dates: June 9-15, 2018.

Colorado Classic High County — Van-supported tour presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Starts in Summit County’s Frisco, embarking on a counterclockwise loop that takes in Hot Sulphur Springs, North Park, Steamboat Springs, Rancho del Rio, Glenwood Springs, Aspen, and Leadville.  Returns to Frisco by way of Fremont Pass. Dates: July 28-Aug. 7, 2018

The 2018 Bicycle Tour of Colorado — Now in its 24th year, this ride covers 400-some miles of Colorado terrain. The loop starts and ends in Leadville, with stops in Carbondale, Delta, Palisade and Glenwood Springs.. Limited to 1,500 cyclists. Dates: June 24-30, 2018

Climate Ride – Colorado — The fund-raiser bike ride explores the Western Slope to Rocky Mountain National Park. Starts at Carpenter Ranch near Hayden, CO, a private conservation ranch known for its beauty and superb bird habitat. Rolls through Steamboat Springs and the Yampa River Valley to Boulder. Dates: Aug. 25-30, 2018

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. 11-17, 2018


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. 14-16, 2018


Also check out:

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

B Strong Ride — TBA.. 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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    • Gary on January 18, 2017 at 8:41 am
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    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. 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.

      • Dwayne on April 12, 2017 at 10:44 am
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      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.

    • Wendy Poppen on March 31, 2017 at 9:12 am
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    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. 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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