Best Road Cycling Events in Colorado 2022

Strambecco rates the top road cycling events in the Rocky Mountains for 2022 based on a variety of factors including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Colorado terrain features of Strambecco’s best list include tall peaks, long high alpine climbs, canyons, basins and valleys, and forested regions.  Naturally you can expect lot’s of elevation gain along with events that take place at high base elevations.  Pay special attention to those events that take place at or above 7,000 feet of elevation which warrants more specialized training at altitude and/or with acclimation time.  You can also expect less predictable weather conditions in mountain events including wind, thunder storms, and large temperature variations during the day.

If we had to pick the best of the best, or those you might classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend the Triple Bypass Gran Fondo and the Mt. Evans Hill Climb, two of the longest running and iconic events in America, let alone Colorado.  We’d also call out Elephant Rock We also find a strong correlation between the best events and professional event producers.  In the Rockies, premiere event producers include Outside Events, Team Evergreen Cycling, and the Gran Fondo National Series

Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review events that are special and noteworthy.  If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please contact us here or send us a note at editors@strambecco.com

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Individual Events Listings

Elephant Rock
Location: Castle Rock, CO
Organizer: Outside Events
Date: June 5 @ 8:00 am
Outside Events Cycling Series proudly presents the 34th and final Elephant Rock Cycling Festival where four courses are offered starting and ending at Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado. […]

Ride the Rockies
Location: Copper Mountain, CO
Organizer: Ventures Endurance Events
Date: June 11 @ 8:00 am
2022 celebrates the 36th Ride the Rockies event with either 6 or 7 days of riding that starts at Copper Mountain and ends in Golden, Colorado. Participants will ride 436 […]

Mt Evans Hill Climb
Location: Idaho Springs, Colorado
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: July 23
The Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb is an iconic bicycle race that takes place on the highest paved road in North America on July 24, 2021. It began […]

Copper Triangle
Location: Copper Mountain, CO
Organizer: Outside Events
Date: August 6 @ 8:00 am
Outside Events brings you a Colorado classic, the 16th annual Copper Triangle road ride. Picked as one of our best road cycling events in Colorado, the 79-mile loop navigates prime […]

Triple Bypass Gran Fondo
Location: Evergreen, Colorado
Organizer: Team Evergreen Cycling
Date: August 20 @ 8:00 am
The Triple Bypass Grand Fondo is a signature Colorado cycling event in operation since 1988. Picked as one of our best road cycling events in Colorado, it was founded by […]

Golden Gran Fondo
Location: Golden, Colorado
Organizer: Gran Fondo National Series
Date: August 28 @ 8:00 am
The Golden Gran Fondo is a signature Gran Fondo National Series event with a start/finish in historic Golden Colorado, a short distance from both Denver and Boulder, and a gateway […]

Tour of the Moon
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
Organizer: Outside Events
Date: September 10 @ 8:00 am
The 9th Annual Tour of the Moon was made famous in the 1980’s Coors Classic and later in the cycling movie American Flyers. Picked as one of our best road […]

Tour de Vineyards
Location: Palisade, CO
Organizer: Outside Events
Date: September 17 @ 8:00 am
Outside Events Cycling Series proudly presents The Wine Ride, the 27th Tour de Vineyards that provides a 23-mile leisurely course and a 58-mile challenging course to enjoy a scenic tour […]

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