Outside Events brings you a Colorado classic, the 17th annual Copper Triangle road ride. Picked as one of our best road cycling events in Colorado, the 79-mile loop navigates prime Rocky Mountain terrain and world-class scenery. The route passes three ski areas, including three climbs that summit over 10,000 feet elevation: Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass, and Vail Pass. Total riding elevation gain for the route is just 6300 feet, but remember that all riding takes place at 8,000+ elevation. The course also passes historic mining outposts and even the famous training group for the 10th Mountain Division, Camp Hale. In 2022, sponsors added a friendly race for competitors, including a Queen and King for the Mountain for the Vail Pass climb. Cyclists can race friends, pros, and the clock. The podium presentations will include awards for the top three women and men.
The calendar of events for participants starts Friday night with packet pick-up, Exhibitor Festival, and the opportunity to experience a Rocky Mountain evening. Food and drink are available at mountain lodges and free live music at Eagles Landing within Center Village. For the ride, it is recommended to start early, between 6:00 am, and 7:45 am, to avoid traffic and unpredictable afternoon weather in Colorado. There is SAG support along the way, especially for riders unable to make it to the top of Vail Pass. The Alpine Celebration starts late morning and lasts all day. It includes post-ride lunch, a beer garden, and live entertainment with the Exhibitor Festival. This Alpine Celebration includes an expo of cycling gear and products where there are bargains on equipment, apparel, and more. After the podium presentations for those who competed in the Vail Pass QOM & KOM, the evening continues with the standard Copper Campfire in the Center Village.
For those looking for meals beyond the event’s post-lunch, there are many options at Copper Mountain Business Center within walking distance from Copper Triangle activities. Copper Mountain’s website lists all associated restaurants, but additional local restaurants include Mamma’s Italiano, The Eagle BBQ, and High Rockies Whiskey and Wine Bar. Outside Events offers lodging discounts at Copper Mountain Resort; see the event Travel & Lodging page for a discount code. Other hotel options include Element 29, Copper Mountain’s first hotel. Or hotels in nearby cities like the Best Western in Dillon, CO. Or Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Breckenridge, CO. Multiple campgrounds in surrounding cities are also open and available in the summer.